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Letters to the editor: Feb. 26

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Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010 3:08 pm | Updated: 3:22 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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HEALTH CARE REFORM: We need it now

As a small-business owner in Mesa and the husband of a breast cancer survivor, I am very disappointed that the health care reform bill might not pass. I have been counting on changes to be able to afford insurance for myself and future employees, and my wife. When she had breast cancer and I was laid off from my job as a radio personality, our choices became nonexistent. We could have kept paying COBRA’s ridiculously high premiums. I just saw a new federal study that shows health care spending is now up to $8,047 per person annually and is expected to double in nine years. That’s $670 per month! How many people can afford that in this economy?

Regulation of insurance companies and government oversight of health care costs is the right thing to do. Instead, all I’m hearing is that “it costs too much to change.” How can it possibly cost more than if we do nothing?

We have come so far to ask for so little in this new health care reform bill. Let’s not start over now. Let’s all figure out a way to finish the job. I encourage those who do not support our president to take a good long look in the mirror and be totally honest. I’d like to know if they can really look themselves straight in the eye and say that this bill will do nothing but raise our costs for health care. We know that doing nothing will indeed double our costs by 2019. Is saying no to this bill going to save us $8,047 per year starting in 2019 when our premiums are $16,094.00 per year?

Many people in this country have their anger misplaced. It should be focused on the corporations that continue to do the wrong things, not the government.

CLIFFORD SMITH, MESA

TRAFFIC CAMERAS: Why would sheriff oppose them?

Did I see Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on TV opposing speed enforcement cameras? What is wrong with this guy?

Why would he suborn speeding? He and all of law enforcement should see speed and red-light cameras as a multiplication of force. The employment of cameras should allow officers to observe and pursue other types of vehicle violations such as driving while impaired and road rage, and spend time with other issues requiring a live officer.

I have heard some of our state legislators speak against speed cameras, but I thought local leadership had more sense. Drive in Pinal County at your own risk.

T. SCHUETT, QUEEN CREEK

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