This week's letter comes from Lolly Champion who takes us through health reform by the numbers. Thanks, Lolly. We agree that the absolute dysfunctionality of the system seems to be getting lost in the all shouting about socialism. Stop by our office, 704 NW Georgia, this week for your winner's booty, a bag of Strictly Organic coffee. Toasty! STOP HEALTH CARE REFORM If you believe: * that it is ok that the USA ranks 44th in infant mortality, 50th in life expectancy; * that it is ok to spend $6,714 per person for health care while France, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland & Britain spend on average $3,500 per person and receive a higher standard of care; * that it is ok that in the last eight years insurance premiums have risen 78% & wages rose 19%; * that it is ok for American Health Care to be based on reaction to illness, not prevention and early detection; * that it is ok for those 65 and older, veterans and members of Congress to have government health care coverage but it is denied to all others; * that it is ok for you to have health coverage but you would deny the millions of Americans without access the right to have affordable health care; * that it is ok that for-profit insurers can deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions; * that it is ok that 62% of all bankruptcies in '07 were linked to medical expenses; * that it is ok to not consider how our children and grandchildren will get care if we don't act to reform health care now; AND * that our congress is either too dumb, too influenced by lobby-dollars or too afraid of the right wing fanatics to pass BI-PARTISAN HEALTH CARE REFORM and it is ok that America remains the only industrial nation without coverage for all our citizens then STOP HEALTH CARE REFORM NOW! Lolly Champion
We recently visited Bend for the Film Festival and very much enjoyed ourselves, with one small exception.
We parked our Ford in the public parking structure, only to find when we returned on Friday night that it had been spat upon, apparently in retribution for our Obama 2012 bumper sticker.
I understand that whoever did this was passionate about politics, something I have always shared.
After living in Bend for a year and a half, I recently stopped through on business. I love the town, the people, and all the outdoor beauty the area offers.
One of my favorite things about Bend is without question, The Source.
From the first time I read it, I knew it would be a cover-to-cover great time for me to enjoy all the stories, community news, the updates on all the music and arts, presentations, and great things goings on around town.