Saturday, September 02, 2017 1:00 am
Decency, equality help unite our United States
On Aug. 16, I was thankful that I was able to go with my daughter and granddaughters to the Fort Wayne vigil for Love, Justice and Unity. In the midst of diversity – color, culture, age, sexual identity, handicaps – I felt a rich togetherness. We all live with a lot of diversity in our lives. No one color is better than another. We are all human beings with one color in common – red. The blood that flows through and out of each of us is the same – red.
The day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, millions gathered for the Women's March of Diversity and Unity. All were included. Hundreds of thousands gathered in D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco (to name only a few). All over the United States (in groups large and small), in Europe and even in Antarctica, people came together. In D.C. they were elbow to elbow. Some couldn't get to the march proper because of the immensity of the crowd. People standing that close together began talking with strangers and developing new friendships. That did not mean there was agreement. There became a camaraderie that some said was like a spiritual experience. Others said they felt safe and secure. The amazing thing – the miracle of it all, with those many people gathered – there was not one arrest. No violence. It can be done.
When love grows, when we appreciate and respect diversity and the remarkable assets of each other, harmony and support bring an atmosphere of freedom and safety. What can we do to stand up for the decency and equality that help to make our United States united?
Dorotha Fry Mason
CHEERS to the United Way for doing so much good. Your 25th annual Day of Caring was a fine example of how a united community is a better community. Thanks to your staff and volunteers.
Social service director
The Salvation Army
'Medicare for all': What is the downside?
I would like to add my thoughts on the excellent Aug. 22 letter from Charles J. Maiers, “Letter writer's opinions masquerade as facts.”
I also believe that the federal government has a responsibility to provide quality, low-cost health care coverage for everyone. From now until the 2018 election, we will hear the term “Medicare for all” from many candidates seeking office. What we will also hear is hysterics from the opposing side deploring another government handout. They will throw anything negative at the idea of government health care in order to frighten people and turn them against the idea.
As a recently retired person, I am just starting my Medicare experience. I don't know all of the rules of the program. What I do know is that Medicare is not a government handout. I am paying fairly low monthly premiums. What Medicare does seem to do is set rules for how much those premiums will cost and how much health care providers can charge. Medicare today includes mostly older Americans in the program, the ones who require the most care. Imagine what the costs could be if all Americans, young and old, were paying into the same system. I honestly don't see a downside to this approach. The rest of the civilized world figured this out decades ago.
The 2018 election will be here soon. Please give the candidates who support a low-cost, universal health care system a fair hearing. Let's stop playing political football with this and give all Americans the health care they deserve.
A civil solution
Instead of destroying statues, why not make sure there is information at each describing the person and the reason for having the statue? Why fight another Civil (uncivilized) War over the first one?