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Stutzman can lead on health care reform

We are in a society that recognizes the importance of good health and well-being, that knows that good physical and mental health are key factors needed for a strong democracy and good economics. I’m sure this was a key factor when President Barack Obama devised a health care program based on the successful Romney-care plan in Massachusetts.

Some congressmen don’t feel compelled to provide good health care to all citizens. Yet all members of Congress have excellent health care coverage at no cost – to them.

Congressman Marlin Stutzman could enlist the help of his fellow Congress members and replace the current program with the same health care coverage members of Congress share – and at the same cost.

How to pay for it? Simply add a 3 percent federal income tax on each additional $300,000 of net income above our present tax limits. Stop when the tax level reaches 64 percent. This will still leave the big earner getting a billion dollar year-end bonus with $366 million – $1 million a day (even in leap years).

And that $664 million in taxes would go a long way in paying for health care coverage for at least 332,000 Americans ($2,000 each)?

If Stutzman can get such legislation passed, his name would likely go down in history as a truly compassionate American patriot.

E. GENE GORRELL Fremont

Gear through the years: There’s a whole lot more

When I see girls with all their paraphernalia for their dorms at college, I recall entering Manchester College in 1942. I had one piece of luggage and a tennis racket. My friends had no more than I.

MELBA HOWENSTINE North Manchester

Reading list will help frame Muslim issues

I read with interest the report of the books in the Allen County Public Library’s new book study on Muslims.

I noted it seemed to be rather heavy on light biographies of a few current American Muslims and one former American slave. It also included a compendium.

May I suggest they add a few more books that might enlighten readers about the Muslim faith itself and about how boys and girls are raised in Mideastern Muslim countries.

Robert Morey’s “Islamic Invasion” is an easy read about the Koran and asks and gets answers from Muslim writers and clerics as well as ordinary believers. Readers will learn a tremendous amount about the Muslim holy book from this unbiased book.

To learn how boys are raised in this religion, read “The Blood of Lambs” by Kamal Saleem. He describes his childhood in the Mideast and his mission to America.

Wafa Sultan describes being a young girl and growing up in her Mideastern country in “A God Who Hates.”

Once you’ve read these three books, you’ll have a basic understanding of Islam and the problems we hear about in the news every day. I don’t think you would get that critical information from the books listed in the library’s book group.

VICKI BANKS Fremont

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