2017-03-19 / Opinion

READER FEEDBACK

We don’t need a big fancy library

I haven’t been in a library in about 10 years. I get my books and information online as most people do these days. Who needs a big fancy library when people can get newer titles right away from the comfort of their own home and over their phone.

I find it hard to believe this community really needs a mammoth new library that’s going to cost at least $12 million according to their own estimates.

So the parking gets a little tight sometimes. That’s not the end of the world. People can park on Nepessing and walk a little bit. It won’t kill them.

It just seems rather than looking at something modest like a Chevy they want a Cadillac. Don’t we all? But that doesn’t mean we can afford one.

Sylvia Pennington

Mayfield Township

A bedrock difference

There is a bedrock difference between government and business. Quality government requires a sense of public spiritedness and a moral conscience … pursuit of profit at all costs is the defining characteristic of the modern American business (Thoughts from “We Do Our Part” by author Charles Peters).

Susan Beal

Lapeer

A waste of money

Lapeer County Animal Control is a total waste of taxpayer dollars. I would disband the whole group including the managers at the health department who make themselves unattainable to Lapeer County residents.

Then I would take that same money and hire more Lapeer County police officers to handle Lapeer County animal abuse calls. No managers are needed because they’re already in place at the police department. This way animal abuse in Lapeer County would be taken seriously and not as it is today.

Mickey Forbes

Hadley Township

‘Live in our world’

Republicans always have thorough explanations as to why Social Security and Medicare need to be reformed.

“They will go broke.” Or, “These programs raise the deficit.”

Mixed in with ideas to fix Obamacare will be proposals to change these programs that will lack two key ideas: any legislation to curtail huge profits of insurance and drug companies or any plan that raises taxes on the rich.

Instead, Republican plans raise the retirement age, privatize, or include vouchers for finding our own insurance, all ways to pass a large financial burden on to citizens. The voucher idea begs this question: won’t new plans have to give recipients less than what insurance truly costs to save any money?

Republicans ignore cost saving fixes, while breaking promises these programs were invented to keep.

Instead, raise the cap on the level of income the Social Security tax applies to. Rich people live longer, so it is fair that they pay more into the system as they will eventually collect more benefits.

Fixing healthcare and Medicare requires addressing the elephant in the room — that insurance and drug companies are legislatively allowed to monopolize their industries and raise prices at will. There is no moral reason these companies should continue to profit from a system that makes Americans pay 1.5 times more than any other country for their health care while receiving the 37th best care worldwide.

Set up a true public option, like the one Republican’s stripped out of Obamacare. If the public option sets a profit margin of 5-7 percent for itself, insurance companies would have to compete. Or join the rest of the civilized world and make health care a single payer, non-profit program.

Lastly, Congress should use the same medical and retirement systems that Americans do. Live in our world, then you can run it.

Carolyn Medland

Lapeer Township

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