Health care bill spells disaster

To the Editor:

The Graham-Cassidy health care repeal plan would threaten the health of children and families across our community and state. If passed, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cause 32 million people to lose their coverage and raise costs for people lucky enough to hang onto their plans by 20 percent or more. It would allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and fundamentally weaken Medicaid, which covers half of all births in this country — ensuring moms and kids get a healthy start — as well as 10 million people with disabilities, and 70 percent of nursing home residents — ensuring our aging population receives the care they need.

The Graham-Cassidy health care bill would be a disaster for families and the economy in our community and across the nation. To be sure, we need to improve and strengthen our health care system, but it must be done in a bipartisan manner.

No one should support this kind of heartless and irresponsible policy making. I find the most egregious factor to be the pitting of one state against another. Imagine Senator Murkowski voting to pass this bill with the promise that Alaskans will get a better deal. Thank heavens that Senator McCain’s health is holding out and he is standing up for all Americans.

Myrna Doering


No to Graham-Cassidy

To the Editor:

Graham-Cassidy will devastate Tuolumne County and 4th Congressional District medical coverage and jobs. Depending on whether you believe Kaiser, the State of California, or the Trump Administration, California will lose $112, $138 or $20 billion in Medicaid funds until 2027 when the Medicaid program ends with no replacement. Many of Tuolumne County’s citizens rely on Medicaid, as do Sonora Regional Medical Center, our local doctors, and the huge healthcare segment of our local economy.

This is neither less government nor budget cutting. All the lost money, much derived from our California taxes, will be given away to other states who refused the Medicaid expansion claiming government should have no role in healthcare. They are quietly happy to take this “foreign aid” against their “no government” principles now from our money. All this does is take healthcare away from those states which did the right thing, and is indisputably not better for California.

These losses overshadow all of the partisan arguments on both sides of this bill.

Tom McClintock stated at the Angels Camp town hall that he likes this bill, even though his California district and particularly his individual supporters heavily depend on the money to be lost.

Mr. McClintock, please prioritize constituent’s health, and talk economics with the hospitals, doctors, and providers in this district. We implore you to concentrate on what your vote would do to Tuolumne County and the 4th District.

Steve and Linda Monroe


Don’t miss ‘Man of La Mancha’

To the Editor:

As a long-time fan of and volunteer at Sierra Repertory Theatre, I can honestly say that their production of “Man of La Mancha” at the Fallon House theater in Columbia is not to be missed.

The actors are all fantastic and Jerry Lee becomes Don Quixote right before your eyes. His rendition of “The Impossible Dream” is extraordinary. We are so lucky to have such quality live theater right here in our town.

Remember, this show on Broadway won 5 Tony awards. So, run, don’t walk to the box office.

Take a friend, take your mom. You will laugh; you will be moved. This is the final week for the show and good seats are still available.

Sue Salnick


Sonora football

To the Editor:

Regarding Sonora’s victory over a very good Calaveras football team. I’m sure the parents and coaches are very proud of the team for showing tremendous desire to win in spite of so many starters getting hurt. “They refused to lose.”

The replacements came in and played tough football, with a lot of heart.

Truthfully, I wasn’t sure they could win without Kane Rogers, Rico Sanchez, and Kellen Phillips.

I would like the sports writers to give some stats; rushing yards, tackles and passing yards.

Very exciting game. Go Wildcats.

Nolan Small


North Korea

To the Editor:

It is extremely unlikely that North Korea would launch a foolish, suicidal attack against the United States or South Korea. But to have a nuclear threat available to maintain North Korea as a respected sovereign nation could seem to be a rational decision to their leadership.

It is apparent that there is no military solution to this dilemma. A limited strike to destroy nuclear facilities and missile sites might not be effective, and the consequence could be an horrendous war. Tough talk and threats are just meaningless bluster and they only encourage the preparations for war. There are better ways to resolve the problem. The United States should make a standing offer to help North Korea prosper in a peaceful region free of nuclear weapons and continue to put pressure on them to accept it.

Also, I suggest a truth-sharing campaign to show the North Korean people the benefits of joining the community of nations. Suppose that we gave thousands of radios, DVD players, and inexpensive tablets to smugglers who could distribute them throughout the country along with DVDs and thumb drives, so the people could enjoy broadcasts, movies, and music from South Korea. Imagine the effect of seeing and hearing about prosperity and freedom on people who suffer extreme poverty under a dictatorship in a land lacking in modern infrastructure. They would want more contact with the outside world. Eventually, popular unrest would make the leadership change direction.

Then, we could begin to help them move forward. Once North Korea no longer felt threatened, and nuclear arms offered no advantage to them, they might be persuaded to forgo their bombs and missiles for additional economic assistance. Peace and prosperity is a better choice than death and destruction — for both sides.

John Watson