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Letters to the Editor September 17, 2009

Cowardly to shoot sea lions

I am responding to the recent sea lion shootings and assults. I am wondering if it is people who are just bored or poor sportsmen. Either way, I would call it cowardly.

Sea lions were put on this earth like anything or anyone else was, they have a purpose and do not have weapons to fight back. I know they can be aggrevating to fishermen. I also know people get bored and hold target practice with whatever is in their sights.

Those of you who are responsible for these horrible deaths please in the future think about what you are doing. Think about how you want your kids, grandkids, friends, etc. to remember you: as a good sportsman that can out-fish a sea lion, use pop cans for target practice if you’re bored or a coward.

Cindy White
Smith River


Fog horn is too loud


My understanding of the law is that noise cannot exceed a certain level. The Crescent City fog horn is uncontrolled. It can be extremely loud in clear weather, low in foggy weather.

The loud horn can prevent sleep for tourists and others. In my experience, nowhere in the U.S., Canada, and up to Alaska has this fog noise persisted. It can be like a screaming burglar alarm.

Save lives? So can sleep.

Donna Johnson
Crescent City


Questions about health care


A week or two ago I sent you a letter containing questions on health care authored by someone else, and for that reason, presumably, you justifiably declined to publish my letter. Here is a list of questions phrased and authored by me.

Ten questions about health care to ask our member of Congress:

1) Why is the U.S., the world's wealthiest country, 37th in the world in health statistics, with the highest health care costs of any industrialized country, twice the per capita costs of the next most expensive system in France?

2) Why, when other countries have lower relative health care costs and much higher-rated health statistics, has neither Congress nor the Obama administration invited any of their experts here to tell us how they do it?

3) If the Canadian system is so deficient in the quality of its health care, as the U.S. health industry claims, why is it that in their democratic election process Canadian citizens after 35 years of single payer have not voted to eliminate it?

4) Why is it that the executives of U.S. subsidiary corporations in Canada support single payer health care and have formed an association to campaign for its better funding?

5) If Medicare — a single-payer system — is so popular with the elderly here in the U.S., why then isn’t it right for the rest of us?

6) Why do we hear so much about the unsupportable costs of a universal non-profit U.S. health care system, when the costs of our present profit-oriented system are the highest in the world?

7) Why do we continue a health care system that spends millions of wasteful dollars in advertising and in overhead costs, including employing thousands to scour patients’ health records to find excuses to deny needed care?

8) Why is so little said about how sharing the costs of health care for everyone in a pooled non-profit system will actually reduce health care costs and greatly enhance our overall national health?

9) Do the answers to these questions by any chance relate to the fact that the U.S. health-industrial complex is spending millions of dollars each month protecting their enormous profits by fighting meaningful reform of our broken health care system?

10) Taking all this into account, how is our Congress person planning to vote on health care reform?

Ralph Johansen
Crescent City
 

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