Letters to the Editor for June 13, 2011

By Baker City Herald Readers June 13, 2011 02:47 pm

Teacher grateful for support
To the editor:
I would like to thank everyone who supported my efforts as I worked to maintain my first grade teaching position. I presented to the school board a packet with 13 letters from colleagues, peers and parents who shared their views of why I should stay in this type of classroom. I appreciated all who supported me professionally as well as the many friends who gave me encouragement throughout the last six months of working through this challenging process.
Patty Bogart
Baker City


Another take on single-payer
To the editor:
After reading Mr. Sundin’s June 8 letter, I’m wondering where he is getting his information.
I did some research online and on the paperwork I hold from the Mad as Hell Doctors and Public Citizen. The latter is a non-profit, non-partisan group which has been looking out for the rights of U.S. citizens for the past 40 years.  
Mr. Sundin writes that the governments with single-payer systems are rationing health care. Wrong. My health insurance company rations my health care by telling me what they will pay for. 120 Americans die everyday because they have no health care. Zero people die in Canada due to lack of health insurance.
With single payer insurance for all, we each get a card which allows us to go to any doctor or hospital in the U.S. Doctors are not employees of the government. Hospitals remain in private hands. You will get a free choice of doctor and hospital.  The doctor can make the choice of how to treat you based on what he and you decide, not what your insurance will cover as is done now. Single payer is the only health care system which will save enough money to cover everyone. By eliminating the health insurance industry, we will save $350 billion a year in administrative costs and profits. With that money we can cover those who lack insurance now and fully cover those under insured. You can bet the insurance companies are putting out all kinds of faulty information in the name of “news” to scare the American public.
The drug industry is fighting for billions in profits. With single payer, the payer would wield clout and the cost of medicines would drop. An enlightened single payer would result in a sharp increase in public health funding. No more bills, no more deductibles and no more co-pays. Costs to the family would remain about the same or slightly lower because more people would be paying into the pot.
By the way, the Premier of Newfoundland did not go to Boston for medical care. He went to watch a ballgame.
Iva Mace
Baker City


Kids need a wild place to play
To the editor:
I would like to share a personal response to the front page story’s concern over the Boys Jungle near the river. Thank goodness the kids have a little bit of a wild spot to turn to right in the heart of town. I think kids need a wild zone like this. Too bad it isn’t considered a haven.
Kids set up risk-laden bike jumps in their own yards, neighborhoods and where they can, not just this lot. The pit sounds like an unsafe enough condition that needs filling up, maybe topped with a young fruit tree or edible berry bush would be a plus.
No Trespass signs, it seems to me, only make it unlawful, does not completely deter.
I have heard more stories than I can count from oldsters who did crazy things when they were kids and survived. They generally end their tale by talking about the lessons of improved judgment that came about, and how sad they are for kids today.
I grew up on the east coast in a very modest suburban neighborhood of the 1950s. Our favorite hang-out? The mucky woods on the other side of the fence where there were frogs, no cars, no parents, and no school rules. We were just ourselves in a small patch of a natural world.
I’d like to point out that, principally, underage alcohol-drinking occurs because an adult has provided it — either by someone who buys it for them and is seriously breaking the law, or by a parent/guardian who has alcohol in the home and doesn’t keep track or doesn’t care.
Linda Bergeron
Halfway