This first paragraph is simply an effort to explain how I feel. Imagine a father who truly loves his son, then in his late teens or early 20s the son becomes addicted to drugs, loses his job, is homeless. Does the father stop loving him? Of course not, but he’s terribly disappointed.
Now to bring this into perspective — I love my country, but I’m terribly disappointed in the way things are going.
The bulk of Americans put self first, as evidenced by the number of Japanese cars in Wenatchee. Americans seem to always be in a hurry. You have to watch when you drive and obesity is rampant (including me).
Then you have the stupid thing of partisan politics. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but my sympathy goes out to each of you who prides themselves in being a loyal Republican, a loyal Democrat, or a loyal tea party member. Thankfully, I’m proud to be simply an American. I would not belong to a political party. I want to be able to think for myself.
I’m 84 years old, and sadly, I don’t think I’ll live to see my beloved country pull itself up, and once again be the country I once knew. Did you know that the United States owes China and Japan trillions of dollars each? How sad!
But as long as I live, I’ll still love my country, and pray for her.
God bless America.
Pay the consultant
When I glanced at the Sept. 18 article my initial reaction was, “Huh?”
After reading the article I realized the $158.33 per hour Fidelis Servus Group, LLC is charging the Chelan County Public Utility District for John Janney’s services is well within what consultants charge for their knowledge and experience-based services. As an example, my business charges $190 per hour for consultant services by our pump and electrical systems specialists.
Personally, I applaud Steve Wright’s decision to hire the former Chelan County PUD general manager as a consultant to enable his transition into the general manager position.
Paul K. Gray
Health care costs us
I have been thinking about the math on the cost of health care going forward lately. It does not appear that there can be equal access for all of us. Just for the sake of discussion, consider the following:
Whoever is the author, Mr. Obama or some other luminary or blue ribbon panel, medical costs and insurance are going up at a breathtaking and disastrous rate. Collectively we must begin to make choices about who receives the most expensive and extensive care and to whom all those costs belong.
Got money? Risky procedure? Poor general health? Go for it. You pay. All of us in the insurance pool play by different rules. The elderly, say 80 plus, keep them pain free. No lifesaving procedures. Smoker? Sorry. Your health issues are not mine. Join the pain-free line. Hooked on recreational drugs? Aspirin and water free for you. Dependent upon addictive prescription drugs? Probably need to pay for your own. Alcohol a big factor in your life? Bad choice. No extraordinary care for you, either.
Very widely, as an economy, we cannot afford to continue to fund entitlements. Clearly our elected officials do not get it. We must begin speaking from the grass roots on these issues.
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