Health care reform is not an issue to be rushed | July 24 guest column
Delay will merely stall any reforms
Mary Partington's warning about repenting at leisure when we act in haste to produce a new health care plan ignores those who are not fortunate enough to have the leisure to repent. And this stand taken by Congress is merely a ploy to stall or derail the process.
The millions who have poor or no health insurance do not enjoy the luxury of time to endlessly debate the issue. The columnist casually refers to the many Americans who do not have the luxury of getting elective surgery to make their lives more comfortable, but she does not seem to really concern herself with their problems. She dismisses them as she wonders how she would fare in her situation with a new health care system. Does she really empathize with those who need immediate, critical surgery that would extend their lives, not merely make them more comfortable, but who cannot afford the costs or for whom the operation would take their life savings?
President Barack Obama has urged Congress to make haste because he knows — and we know — all too well that the longer the debate continues, the less chance anything will happen. Change is uncomfortable. It entails risk. Most of us do not have the luxury of waiting or doing nothing. Does Congress really need more time? Are there really any new, brilliant solutions that are likely to emerge in the next few months that will magically cost us nothing? Or do its members simply want to delay the risks of making substantial change?
Dana Noble, Weeki Wachee,
FCAT lets kids share their words | July 28 letter
Teachers who make a difference
The letter on teaching the love of words was an excellent example of a teacher who loves her job, her students and her school and wants nothing more than to instill a love of learning in our children.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful words with us. It is the teacher like you who makes a difference in a child's life.
Matthew Smith, Hudson
Little League team goes to state
The best-kept secret in west Pasco County is the phenomenal success of the West Pasco Little League Major Boys (ages 11 and 12) all-star team. Under manager Randy Keslar and coach Dave Grabowski, the boys have won the 12-team District 12 tournament and the sectional tournament in Hillsborough County. They are now headed to Winter Park for the Florida state tournament.
No major boy's team in west Pasco County has ever advanced to this level. Unlike some leagues, this level of success has come about by the elimination of many other Little League teams. They are now well on their way to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series.
I am hopeful that these boys will get the recognition in the community that their hard work deserves.
West Pasco Little League
Board of Directors