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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 1:00 am

Letters

Young placed politics over Hoosiers' best interests

With the current Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Todd Young demonstrated his partisan bias – placing Republican goals above Hoosier lives. While he claimed, dishonestly I believe, to have not made up his mind about the many Republican proposals until this week, when the time came he voted every time to damage Indiana residents.

 Well over a half-million Hoosiers, about 8.5 percent of all Hoosiers, are covered or eligible to be covered by HIP 2.0. Despite what Gov. Eric Holcomb dishonestly implies, HIP 2.0 is, in fact, Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. It's that simple. It's also as simple that every version of Trumpcare Sen. Young has voted on to date would end Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and take health care from hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers. He and Rep. Jim Banks, who voted for the very destructive version of Trumpcare passed by the Republican House, are both traitors to Indiana and their sworn obligation to serve us.

 The only reasonable solution to the problems with Obamacare (many caused by Republican sabotage and obstruction) is for Republicans working with Democrats to correct those problems. Why won't that happen? Is it because Republicans have run their campaigns on lies about the ACA since it was passed? Is it because Republicans are so damn partisan that they're willing to accept the unnecessary suffering and deaths that come without health care coverage?

No, it is because we let them. We are the ones willing to accept all that unnecessary suffering and death that follows taking health care away. We are the ones too lazy to even give a damn about those Hoosiers who will suffer and die unnecessarily. Young and Banks work for us. We're responsible for the damage they do if we don't try to stop it. Take the little time it takes to understand what's going on and call and write these two public servants who have betrayed our trust and tell them to vote against any Trumpcare proposal and start working for us.

DAVID KOLHOFF

Fort Wayne

 

Couple's generosity inspires pay-it-forward pledge

We were out to lunch July 11 at Ruby Tuesday with North Side High School friends, sharing laughs and stories about high school days as our 60th reunion is coming up this fall.

What a big and rather nice surprise when our waitress told us the couple sitting at the table next to us with their son had paid for our lunches. We cannot thank them enough for their kindness.

We have an obligation to pay this forward.

JUSTINE DOYLE, COOKIE LEACH, MARILYN GEMMIL, JACKIE DETWILER and JENNY HUTH

Fort Wayne

Many lives affected by boating tragedy

I wasn't at our family cottage on Lake Gage on the Saturday of the boat accident but saw news accounts and the YouTube video of the boat's continuous spinning. Needless to say, it was difficult to watch. I applaud all the first responders and lake residents who jumped into action to help.

Lake Gage has had a big spot in my heart since I was 10. Sunrises, sunsets, the sounds of fish jumping, waves lapping at the shore, the roar of a healthy boat engine and great neighbors make the lake very special.

My thoughts are focused on the boat driver, the occupants and the injured.

I wear dual prosthetic arms and know challenges will be ahead for the young person who lost part of an arm.

God bless to all.

TERRY E. HAFFNER

Fort Wayne

CHEERS to Land Cruise for reuniting me with a friend I haven't seen for more than 40 years. We were on a eight-day tour of the Oregon Trail by bus. Dave Tappy and I worked together at Fort Wayne Newspapers. I rubbed elbows with Dave for six days before I knew who he was. At dinner we connected. That made my day indeed.

HAROLD LUTTMAN

Fort Wayne

JEERS to the person(s) who rang my door bell on or about 1:30 a.m. on July 26 to see if anyone was home for what authorities believe was a possible home-invasion. CHEERS to the local law enforcement officers on their expedient response to prevent this happening.

C. MARC TJADEN

Fort Wayne