Letters: Wonderful Pride section in Friday’s newspaper a boost for our spirits

Dear Editor,
What a

breath of fresh air

to wake up to this morning’s Pride section of the Dispatch.
Congratulations on some wonderful articles about the special
people you highlighted. These are the kinds of people that lift our
spirits.
It seems that more and more we are inundated with the negative
and it is so easy to lose sight of wonderful things going on

right under our noses!

Thank you.
Wonderful Pride section in Friday’s newspaper a boost for our spirits

Dear Editor,

What a “breath of fresh air” to wake up to this morning’s Pride section of the Dispatch.

Congratulations on some wonderful articles about the special people you highlighted. These are the kinds of people that lift our spirits.

It seems that more and more we are inundated with the negative and it is so easy to lose sight of wonderful things going on “right under our noses!” Thank you.

Roxie Thomas, Gilroy

Republican history on health care proposals – why all no votes now?

Dear Editor,

Now that the dust is settling with the socialist takeover of American health care, a little history might keep the past year’s debate in perspective.

-1912 … a call for universal health care by Republican Teddy Roosevelt.

-1974 … Republican Richard Nixon proposes a Comprehensive Health Care Plan for all Americans.

-1990 … Right wing, conservative Heritage Foundation outlines an individual mandate for the heads of every household to purchase health insurance. It has since taken any mention of mandated health care off its Web site.

-1991 … Republican George H.W. Bush considered an individually mandated health care program with tax credits (the same as ObamaCare).

-1993 … Republican Senators Hatch and Grassley and 20 more GOP senators introduce individually mandated health care purchase in the private sector to counter HillaryCare.

-1994 … Republicans Rep. Cliff Stearns and Senator Don Nickels introduced the Consumer Choice Health Security Act that mandated individuals purchase health care, and if they didn’t they would lose their personal tax exemption.

-2006 … Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, supported by the Heritage Foundation, is the only American governor who has mandated individual health care purchases in his state. ObamaCare is based directly on RomneyCare. Says Romney about Obama, “An unconscionable abuse of power. (Obama) has betrayed his oath to the nation.”

So there it is folks. Republican mandated, individual health care from Teddy Roosevelt to Mitt Romney is now the law of the land. I wish to congratulate all the Republicans who voted for ObamaCare (RomneyCare … NixonCare … GrassleyCare … HatchCare …Heritage FoundationCare … BushCare). Oh wait …no Republicans voted for their own health care bill. I wonder why not?

Dale Morejón, Gilroy

Catholic Church has to deal with sex abuse issue from within

Dear Editor,

Letter writers need to dial back the rhetoric over abuses by priests in the Catholic church. Calling those with opposing views “idiots” only serves to paint the letter writer as abusive and unthoughtful, and denigrates this editorial page.

The problem with abusive priests is, to a large extent, a problem within the church itself. The priests prey on their own. If the abuse is being ignored, as some allege, then it will ultimately become self-destructive to the church.

The general public is rarely at risk, and if Catholic parents and other parishioners are concerned about the abuse, they have options. That’s not to say pedophile priests shouldn’t be prosecuted under state and, if applicable, federal law. As a society we must protect all our children.

The question then becomes how do we protect children from parents who, perhaps naively, believe it won’t happen to their kids? The answer is you can’t. As a non-Catholic, I believe it is up to Catholic parishioners to clean their own house and exert the authority they have with church officials. Outsiders like myself will only generate indignant responses all the way from the Vatican down to individual dioceses.

I don’t feel any need to point fingers at either the church or the Pope and turn the problem into an us-vs.-them game; this isn’t Congress. These things have a way of working themselves out. When the issue stops more men of faith from entering the priesthood, and when the number of parishioners begin to drop precipitously, the problem will be dealt with swiftly and definitively. But it must be dealt with from within.

Dennis Taylor, Gilroy

Cheers for our representatives who finally passed a health care bill

Dear Editor,

Thank you to our federal government representatives for the courage to stand up for what is right. Americans can now be secure in knowing that if they become unemployed, change jobs, or start a new business, the new health insurance market will keep costs down and provide them with quality, affordable options.

Americans will now have the security of knowing that they don’t risk losing the American dream if they get sick or are in an accident. Thank you!

Mary J. Silva, Gilroy

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