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March 6, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Health care reform

Thank you for an immense, pork-spending bill

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., sent out a very glossy 8 by 10 inch mailer asking us to call and thank her for the “hard work” she did in lobbying for increased health care for children.

So here is mine:

Thank you for using the stimulus package to increase the welfare program, even though the administration said there were no “earmarks” in it. Your bid was one of the 9,000 “earmarks.”

Thank you for seeking to destroy the best health care in the world by introducing “health care reform.” I am sure there will be more to follow in future stimulus plans or other so-called “government aide.”

Thank you for making it harder on small-business owners who make a profit, so they can hire people like me who depend on this profit to support their family.

Thank you for letting America believe this plan will increase jobs when, in reality, it will grossly increase our national debt. My future grandchildren will be grateful, I am sure.

Finally, would you please thank Sen. Murray for all of her hard work in drafting the infrastructure of this immense, pork-spending bill?

— Virginia McCallon, Kirkland

Refreshing loose ends

Every voice must be heard on health-care reform.

Although I cannot say for sure what President Obama’s new health-care package will do for me in my future, I know it will help bring the change he promised. I am 18 years old, which means now that I am legal, I have to start paying attention to things like health care.

Obama’s promise to make health care more affordable to Americans couldn’t come at a better time. When people’s budgets are tight and the country is going in to a deepening recession, it takes initiative like Obama’s to actually get something done in Washington.

The one thing I admire most about the new health-care package is the specifics aren’t laid out yet.

Obama has clearly stated compromise will have to happen in order for this new health-care package to work. It is refreshing to see and hear about politicians in Washington state willing to work together. If the health-care package is done right, it has the potential to put money back into the hands of the American people.

— Erin Thenell, Shoreline

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