We just read another letter to the editor from Darrell Beck in the
of Sept. 12 that ran on to over 1,200 words. Darrell is a friend of mine, a good community man and a good writer, but I don’t know why the Sentinel gives him so much space rather than trying to achieve a balance of viewpoints.
Darrell has gone over the top this time, using a long lecture on the U.S. Constitution and heavy reference to his own lifetime of study and acquired wisdom (?) to support his negative view of “Obamacare.” He does not mention that Obamacare was introduced by our own present federal government that was elected and installed by the majority of citizen voters under the rules of the U.S. Constitution that he praises so highly.
The government cannot please all the people, all of the time. I opposed the Iraq war, but our majority-elected Congress gave President Bush the power to wage that war, and didn’t ask me. When Social Security was started in 1935, undoubtedly there were many people who did not want it, especially to be taxed to pay for it, but in equal certainty, many retired or disabled people received benefits that they would not have had without Social Security.
Obamacare seems to be the best that the current administration can do to help 30 million to 40 million people who have no health insurance. I think that making people pay for it like they do for Social Security is reasonable.
I suggest to Darrell that he pay attention to majority rule and the assignment of people’s power to our elected representatives, and if he doesn’t like what they do, tell them, not us, and he can work to change representatives if he wishes.
I would rather not see him fill our newspaper’s pages with objections to a government program that so many people need and want.
Bernard G. Kuhn