Letters to the Editor: January 8, 2014

Now is the time for change

It will come as a shock to no one that a new year has just be­gun. What may come as a shock to many, though, is that a jaded, ul­tra-cyn­ic­al, ex­tremely world-weary and forty-something still greets every new year with the same en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm with which each kid­die looks for­ward to that an­nu­al vis­it from St. Nick.  

Call me a nut, a loon or just plain crazy but, as wacky as it sounds, I still greet every Janu­ary with a si­lent but yet firm and de­term­ined res­ol­u­tion that, as the song says, things can only get bet­ter. That, long after the ball has dropped in New York, the last fire­work has fizzled out and the last Mum­mer has strut­ted his stuff here in Phil­adelphia, I still hold fast to my be­lief that this year will be bet­ter than the last, that we can ac­tu­ally do the im­possible, that we, as Thomas Paine so elo­quently put it, have it in our power to be­gin the world anew.

I know I am not the only wide-eyed fool who feels this way. I know there are oth­ers out there like me. I may not have met all of these sense­less day­dream­ers, but I know they ex­ist. And I am cer­tain my fel­low crack­pots and I share many of the same wishes for the com­ing year. More money, less death, more money, less body fat, more money, less Mi­ley, LiLo, Kim K and baby North. And more money.

I guess you could say the one com­mon de­nom­in­at­or unit­ing this off­beat band of mis­fits is hope. And I am talk­ing about real hope. Who knows? With a little help from our long lost friend com­mon sense, maybe 2014 will be the year when this bright, shin­ning  hope car­ries the day, re­cus­ing us from the mind numb­ing, soul crush­ing, emo­tion­ally de­press­ing, fin­an­cially ru­in­ous des­pair that is, as Ger­ald Ford once said, our  long na­tion­al night­mare.  

Maybe this will be the year when We The People fi­nally wake up and see that something is def­in­itely go­ing wrong around here. I am a hard-work­ing, true red, white and blue Amer­ic­an who is fed up. An Amer­ic­an who is as mad as hell and is not go­ing to take it any­more. An Amer­ic­an who is thor­oughly dis­gus­ted watch­ing his coun­try die a bit more and more each day. 

The long delayed, des­per­ately needed and eagerly an­ti­cip­ated time for im­peach­ment has ar­rived.

Nev­er give up. Hope. It’s a beau­ti­ful thing.

Bill McDe­vitt Jr.


In re­sponse to Sen. Leach

Fi­nally, someone with enough guts and com­pas­sion to do what needs to be done.  It is en­tirely ludicrous that we can­not chose our mo­ment to die, when we are “at the end of life.” 

We are an in­tel­li­gent, com­pas­sion­ate and lov­ing race, yet it is re­quired that people who are suf­fer­ing through ter­rible pain re­main in pain un­til the last little bit of life fades away. How bar­bar­ic is that? It is dev­ast­at­ing to watch someone that you know won’t re­cov­er suf­fer the rav­ages of can­cer, ren­al fail­ure, brain in­jury, de­men­tia/alzheimers (yes, it’s ter­min­al), etc. 

Thirty years ago, I watched my fath­er with­er away from em­physema along with what (at that time) was con­sidered a rare dis­ease, in­ter­sti­tial fibrosis. When my time comes to an end, should I be sickly, I would like to have that choice and save my fam­ily the pain of watch­ing me lose who I was.  It’s not ne­ces­sary.  I ap­plaud Sen. Daylin Leach for in­tro­du­cing the Death with Dig­nity Act and I will stand whole-heartedly be­hind what it rep­res­ents.

Rose Hig­gins


ACA web­site still a fail­ure

After read­ing Ed­ward S. Marks, Ph.D’s art­icle on the 654-mil­lion-dol­lar dis­aster called the ACA web­site, I have to won­der what his Ph.D is in? 

The doc­tor wants to com­pare a site that 50 mil­lion people will be forced to use un­der ACA to some site that slowed the work­ers com­pens­a­tion pro­cess and may have caused some col­lege ap­plic­ants to check their smart phones for oth­er ways to con­tact schools, all of which have their own web­sites. 

For­tu­nately, most people with at least a min­im­um amount of in­tel­li­gence can see this com­par­is­on is ab­surd.The 654 mil­lion dol­lars wasted on the site could have paid col­lege tu­ition for every stu­dent in Amer­ica and could have settled every work­er’s com­pens­a­tion claim.

Ron Kall


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