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Letters: Davenport NEW, Continental Congress, Health-Care Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 August 2009 10:59

Davenport NEW Misses Benchmark

July 29 - Editorial - Davenport NEW Meets Old Davenport. Success signs - getting front-line city staff involved.

As the largest department of the city, there is no greater front-line than Public Works. In an election year, it is difficult to evaluate and judge the performance of our mayor and aldermen on their hand-picked choice for Public Works director, when he fails to show up for a First Ward meeting and conveys his loathing to speak to the public, through the elected official. As one who is also old Davenport (old school), I'd like to hear from the man in charge: Do we have enough salt for Winter? Is he thinking about spring flooding, potholes, sewer collapses, road resurfacing? If Davenport NEW is about open and transparent access to government, then meeting the new Public Works director would be a good public-relations start.

Arthur Anderson


Reclaim Liberty

Bailouts, layoffs, foreclosures, social decay, family destruction, and endless wars. Most don't know it, but virtually every problem that America now suffers is the direct result of violations of the Constitution by our (servant) government.

Finally, there is hope. This November, publicly elected citizen-delegates representing the People of each state will convene at a national assembly known as "Continental Congress 2009." The purpose of this historic event is to formally document the violations and develop strategies the People can employ to peacefully resist tyranny and restore constitutional order.

It's time to hold our servant government accountable and reclaim the Light of Liberty. Learn more about CC2009 and the true power of Popular Sovereignty at

James Getman


Health-Care Reform Now

Health-care reform is a complex issue, but the economic facts are simple. Without it, everyone pays more, those with a major illness go bankrupt, the millions of uninsured are denied treatment, and all the while the insurance and pharmaceutical companies get richer.

If the opponents, whose misinformation campaign strikes fear into older citizens and stops the debate, are successful, we will all pay for their irresponsible tactics. As the costs of health care skyrocket, everyone risks being priced out of quality health care.

Isn't it curious, Alice, that opponents of health-care reform needed to transform an option to discuss an advance health-care directive with your doctor into state-sponsored euthanasia?

Isn't also curious that the opponents say if we get health-care reform, big government will stand between the patients and the doctor, determining what can be done? Today's reality is that Big Insurance stands between the patient and the doctor, approving or denying treatment. How often have you heard the refrain, "Insurance companies need to be sued for practicing medicine without a license"?

We need health-care reform to provide affordable, accessible health care for everyone. Reform must include a public health-insurance option paid for with premiums and subsidized for only the lowest-income persons. Public health insurance would introduce a healthy competition health-insurance businesses need to provide better coverage at a reasonable cost.

If opponents had the facts on their side, they wouldn't need a campaign of misinformation to defeat health-care reform. The facts don't support them.

We need health care reform. We need it now.

Mary Orr