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Iraq gets universal health care, but not us

Re: For a life, she fights a law, | May 13 story

Health care in Iraq, but not here

After reading the article written by Times reporter Barbara Behrendt I found myself going through the entire spectrum of emotions. I went from feeling sad for Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden's sister, to anger because we have allowed our legislators, not only in Colorado, but also in Florida, to create this abomination they call a health care system.

I think they should rename it the "Health I-Don't-Care System."

What they have done is created a legal death sentence. "Sorry, we can't help you because it is the law. I guess you are going to die." I wonder how many times a day people hear the same thing from their insurance company and government. I would think thousands, if not millions.

One bit of irony: The people of Iraq have what amounts to universal health care. Paid by whom? The U.S. taxpayer pays and has paid for many years. It makes you wonder about the logic behind how we can give the people of Iraq universal health care, but we allow millions of our own to go without health coverage — in essence, a legislative death sentence.

Thank you, Ms. Behrendt, for your article. Great work!

Tiffany Blevens, Spring Hill

Brown-Waite finally sees light

I was glad to hear that U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite and 17 other Republicans have joined 107 Congressional Democrats in co-sponsoring the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, a bill both sponsored and written by a Democratic congressman from Virginia.

My only disappointment is that it took six years and two recent wars for a politician, first elected to Congress in 2002 on a pro-veteran platform, to recognize the need for dramatically increased benefits for war veterans returning to civilian life and in search of educational and housing opportunities.

In the 12 years during which Brown-Waite's Republican Party controlled the House and pushed hundreds of billions for new overseas conflicts, no comparable support for our veterans arrived; yet in the first Democratic Congress in so many years, the G.I. Bill is receiving a long-overdue update.

I hope Brown-Waite learns that supporting asinine measures to remove Americans interred overseas hinders her legislative capacity to provide scholarships, health care and job opportunities for the hundreds of thousands of living servicemen about to come home. I also hope Brown-Waite continues to follow the standard of leadership set by her Democratic colleagues, as far as veterans' benefits goes.

Justin Cass, Spring Hill

Re: Decent cast can't save Christie's Nile voyage | May 4 theater review

Play was great, review wasn't

I have only written to a newspaper a couple of times. But I felt I had to write in this case. My wife and I are visiting from Ohio. We have friends in Spring Hill. They brought us to their local theater, Stage West Playhouse, as a treat.

They told us they had gotten tickets to Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile as a present. We didn't have the heart to tell them that we had seen it some years before in Ohio, and that it was a very long, very boring play. But, as with any gift, we smiled and set out for a long evening.

We went the evening of May 3, and much to our surprise, the play was excellent. The director had put in touches that made it very enjoyable and interesting. We even laughed out loud. The people around us were trying to figure out who the killer was, and everyone was having a great time.

At the end of the play, we got to greet the cast in the lobby, which was very novel. We told them what a great time we had. We did not see the director, but were told she was the young lady who had greeted us before the show. If we had seen her, we would have congratulated her on such a fine show.

That is why we were so surprised when we saw such an awful review on the same play in your newspaper. Obviously, the reviewer saw something completely different than we did. And, I must say, if that is the norm for a review for a community theater, I feel sorry for this community. Instead of praising the director for her innovation, she seemed to pick apart every little piece, right down to hairstyles.

Instead of criticizing, she should have given this director kudos. We feel she took a lemon and made us lemonade. Shame on the reviewer for such harshness. There is nothing wrong with a little humor with your mystery. And the organ player and cast did a great job in giving us a great evening of entertainment.

Colleen and Rodney McDonald, Canton, Ohio

Re: Don't be angry — I follow the law | May 13 letter

Move over and I won't tailgate

I am the one close to your bumper, James Caputo, running late for work. You are the one in the left lane refusing to speed up or move to the right. I am 53; you are 73.

I know I should have left the house sooner, but here I am trying to make a 40-minute commute in 30 minutes. Why don't you move to the right so I can go by? I am not a dangerous driver, just a little late.

Kathy Drain, Port Richey

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