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Letters to the Editor

Between the extremes, let’s compromise

Recently, Mr. Jim Hegner declared that there is no verification by the media before they post an article [“Here are the real issues that face America,” Dec. 20].

It is quite surprising that he has time and resources to check the daily operations of every media outlet, and determined that none of them ever verify anything!

It was also informative that there must be a reliable source outside the media that allows people to gather the facts and enables them to determine which issues need to be prioritized for action by Congress. Lacking this “unquestioned” source would make it all the more impressive that one individual can independently gather all the information needed. A list of some of the issues is provided in the letter.

While it is true that we need Congress to stop playing political games and focus on getting things done for the good of the country, we often seem to identify problems and urge actions that have already proved ineffective or morph the problem into another serious issue.

Some people call for the federal government to remove itself completely from the daily lives of our citizens, yet fully accept the need for a strong military, programs like Social Security, agreements with other countries affecting trade, international banking, encouraging and protecting businesses that are in the national interests, and many more.

Somewhere between the extremes of everything in our daily lives being regulated and controlled by some level of government – or absolutely no reason for a national government to exist – there is reasonable compromise.

For example, do we really want to say to people who cannot afford health care that they are not valued and therefore cannot hope for more than emergency department help? The concept of “repeal and replace” was to find a better program, not abandon some people entirely!

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