9-26/13 CCN Letters to the Editor

Republicans should stop trying to repeal ObamaCare

To the editor:

Albert Einstein says, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”

The GOP-controlled House has voted to repeal ObamaCare (The Affordable Care Act) 40 times without the possibility of success. It will never pass the Senate or be signed by President Obama. The Republicans should stop chasing ghosts and concentrate on working with the Democrats to create legislation to improve the economy and put more people to work.

The Republicans recognize that as more ObamaCare provisions are enacted, the more popular it becomes and more difficult to repeal. As the healthcare exchanges are developed, which brings market forces to bear through competition and transparency, the consumers will see their premiums reduced or more coverage for their money. These exchanges put the consumer in a much stronger bargaining position.

ObamaCare is designed to insure more of those citizens not covered because of pre-existing health problems or cannot afford their health insurance premiums. It is projected that the 32 million Americans without healthcare coverage will be covered by ObamaCare and not depend upon emergency care, which is the most expensive that we all end up paying for as hospitals and other healthcare institutions charge more to cover these costs.

ObamaCare is the law of the land and some Republicans are willing to shut the government down if they can’t stop funding for ObamaCare. Even though they want to repeal ObamaCare, they don’t have an alternative to replace our broken healthcare system which is the most expensive system among other wealthy nations and has weaker results. ObamaCare helps to keep healthcare costs down and cover more people. The real fear the Republicans have is that ObamaCare will succeed in spite of their efforts to repeal it. Bring on the 2014 elections.

John Norman



Mayer couple has always been there for the community

 To the editor:

This subject has been on my mind since last Christmas. It is about two of the best people and citizens of Carver County. Mr. and Mrs. Milfred Dalchow of Mayer.

How many times do any of us go to social events, fundraisers, weddings and funerals, do we see the Dalchows paying their respects to people who have friended them or patronized their business over the years?

Last Christmas (2012) I happened to sit next to Gwen Dalchow at my grandchildren’s Christmas program. While conversing she proceeded to tell me Milfred’s goal would be Christmas 2013 this year. It would be their 70th annual Christmas of selling trees. Wow!

There will have been two milestones reached this year. In April, Milfred reached his 90th birthday, and now their 70th year of selling Christmas trees. My father and mother always went to them for our tree. That is how I met them and for how long I’ve known them.

In the world we live in today, the word artificial has become commonplace. It is my suggestion that as many of us that can should put the word artificial aside for one Christmas this year and buy a real tree, no matter what size, to show appreciation to two of the best people and their families that Carver County will ever know.

We wish you a happy birthday, a happy 70th anniversary and the happiest, most prosperous holiday season ever. I hope you all keep this in your memory bank.

Larry Lunow