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Fight the power

Dear Editor:

We just recently celebrated Veterans Day and honored those who have served. Yet while we honor them an analysis produced by two Harvard medical researchers estimates that 2,266 U.S. military veterans under the age of 65 died in 2008 because they lacked health coverage and had reduced access to a VA hospital.

That figure is more than 14 times higher than the 155 troop deaths in Afghanistan in 2008. This was released as the U.S. commemorates fallen soldiers on Veterans Day, and as stated the study warned that even health care provided by the VA leaves many veterans without coverage. David Himmelstein, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program who co-authored the study, warns that congressional proposals could still leave veterans uncovered, and favors a national health care program similar to those in Britain and Canada.

So while the health care debate goes on and we fight war after war, more of our best, brightest and certainly bravest die from the lack of health care than death in combat. Our greed has no bounds; while we need these changes, which will require stiff new laws and regulations, the money pours in to maintain the status quo.

If you wonder what side to be on just look at those who are financing the protests and filling the halls of Congress with paid lobbyists. We shouldn’t have to settle for less because of a few selfish, greedy legislators in Washington.

However, just sitting by and doing nothing doesn’t get it done. This is no game; it is real, and the force of greed is at work early and stays late everyday. We still have mail service, fax and certainly the telephone that can put you right in the game. Don’t just listen to the talking heads on the radio and TV – investigate the issues for yourself, and it may enlighten you to a new understanding. Currently it seems up is down and down is up with liberals balancing the budget and paying down the debt under Clinton.

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The conservatives continue to break the bank literally, spending as if there is no end. Now the answer is to spend more and more to prime the economy and set regulations to stop the greed. No wonder it is hard for people to figure out what is going on. It is your country so you might want to check out all the angles and issues then write that letter or make that call. Stand up for America.

Jim Childers

New Castle