Letters to the editor (7/2/12)

Obama switched opinions

For two years our president publicly denied that Obamacare was a tax -- until it was argued in the Supreme Court. For those who foolishly believed him, all they had to do was recognize that the president was incorporating approximately 15,000 IRS agents as his enforcing arm. He refused to buckle even after his throttling loss in the mid-terms. In 130 days, he will receive his final referendum.

Sen. Begich facilitated the president's lie by voting for this largest tax hike in American history. Without our senator's pro vote, Obamacare would have failed, so hopefully Mark Begich's final referendum will also occur in two years and 130 days.

-- Mark Mendonsa


Goldberg's attack on Roberts says a lot about Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg's suggestion that Chief Justice Roberts would abandon his own beliefs in the name of political expediency to buy respect from the court's critics is laughable at best and only serves to undermine the integrity of Roberts and the entire court. In good conscience, I can't say that I agree with every decision the Supremes render (Citizens United for one) but I still credit the justices with insightful analysis and sincere attempts to interpret the laws of the land. Goldberg's petty attack on Roberts says more about Goldberg's willingness to abandon his own beliefs than it does about Roberts. Had Roberts voted to oppose Obomacare, Goldberg would be lauding his wisdom instead of excoriating him for his "twistifications."

-- Mike Jens


Why couldn't police take control of man?

Protect and serve?

I worked at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute as a psychiatric nursing assistant for over 30 years.

My contemporaries and I managed the most aggressive and bizarre patients with only our communication skills and show of support. Sometimes we would get punched or spat upon, sometimes chairs and objects were thrown but, always, we managed to get control without abusing the patient. Why couldn't several officers manage one man with a 39-inch stick without fatal consequences?

-- Willie Myers


Don't force unwilling voters

Kudos to Jonah Goldberg for bucking the trend. (Forcing folks to vote is a bad idea and repugnant.) I have heard numerous suggestions that the government should force everyone to vote. But if someone doesn't want to vote, they shouldn't be forced. The president will be chosen by those of us who care enough to vote. That sounds good to me.

-- Amy Whinston


Other nations offer health care to all

Health care access should be extended to everyone in America. We still have millions not covered and they are among America's hardest workers -- small family farmers, self-employed, those who care for our children, clean our homes, landscape our yards, repair our cars, etc.

Japan, Canada, Cuba, Norway and all other industrialized countries have figured this out. They all provide quality health care in some universal form to all.

Canadians, when I randomly polled 247 of them over the past two years, favor 20-to-1 their current health care.

America should be ashamed for giving health care randomly to some -- no more deserving than those who go bankrupt trying to pay for medical care. And the "high cost of university tuition" is not an excuse for our medical professionals earning huge incomes. We are also the only industrialized country in which that is the case.

-- Linda Sharp, M.Ed.