Union Democrat staff

McClintock afraid of competition

To the Editor:

Our so-called Representative McClintock is afraid of competition.

Art Moore, a military veteran, businessman, and Republican, has filed to run for this Congressional District (his website is Art Moore for Congress). McClintock has reacted by sending out an email asking for money and claiming that Moore's campaign is by a "well-funded liberal coalition."

McClintock's proof is that "in the days leading up to the filing deadline, one Democrat after another pulled papers and then mysteriously withdrew," but this statement, like so many of McClintock's claims, is just not true. One Democrat (Kris Johnson) filed to run in January, but withdrew a month before the filing deadline. Most of McClintock's campaign money comes from outside this district (almost 90 percent of identified contributions in the last election), so his donors probably won't be aware of the facts.

McClintock has done a horrible job of representing our district. He supported the government shutdown which cost this area some $ 7 million dollars. His vote would have continued the shutdown. He introduced the Rim Fire Salvage bill which has no chance of becoming law, and he held a hearing on the Yosemite Plan two months after the public comment period was closed. All he was doing was getting publicity for himself.

Some people claim that McClintock has a perfect conservative rating, but these ratings are from Washington, D.C., organizations that are mainly funded by billionaires. These billionaires, such as William Rose of Tennessee and Peter Thiel with his global investment firms, are not likely to know or care much about this Congressional district.

We deserve someone who will truly represent this district and who will work to get results. McClintock is not such a person.

Cayce Jones


God is in Declaration and Constitution

To the Editor:

Your paper recently printed a most inflammatory letter stating "God is not in the Constitution." What foolishness.

The final paragraph states that this Constitution was "done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven."

And let us not forget the words in the Declaration of Independence "that all men are created equal, that they endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Paul Fairfield


The war on Obamacare

To the Editor:

Some politicians seem to need a war, whether it's on poverty or crime or Crimea, now it's on Obamacare. Intended as an insult, it turns out to be a godsend. Although health care shouldn't be a partisan issue at all.

Jan Higgins (March 24) clings to the notion that health care must be dealt with not by the federal government but the states. She ignores that states have options, like creating their own marketplaces where insurance companies offer their plans, and expand Medicare and Medicaid/MediCal, like California did with CoveredCA.com.

Most Republican-dominated states rejected that option. Kentucky's governor Steve Beshear saw that his people would greatly benefit, and he gloats about its success. In Connecticut insurance companies wanted to raise premiums by 20 percent. No luck, the state shot it down. A few years ago, here in California, one company announced a 37 percent increase in one year. Public protest forced them to withdraw. Obamacare now limits the overhead - to 20 percent.

A self-declared "staunch Republican", Mark Rearden of North Carolina, wrote to President Obama: "I'm a chemotherapy patient, and was previously paying $428 a month for my health coverage. I was not thrilled when it was cancelled. Then I submitted an application at HealthCare.gov. I looked at my options. And I signed up for a plan for $62 a month. It's the best health care I have ever had."

While doomsayers predict Obamacare's failure, investors love the insurance companies. Just in the past weeks, when enrollments soared, their stocks (Aetna, Wellpoint, United Health, Humana) experienced a boom. Providers have not suffered either (HCA, Tenet); SRMC's parent, Adventist Health, does not publish financial information. But as you can observe locally, SRMC is expanding.

"Be present O God of wisdom and direct our counsel." Jan Higgins, heed your advice.

Klaus Kraemer