Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/9

Thanks all around

This is a letter of thanks, both to the individuals and to our community about your response to our benefit for Fairess Dougall on Oct. 18.

Thanks to Sue Stroud, Megan Geiser, Lynne Nelson. Also, Pete Dougall, the Kiwanis, Art Dougall, Mary Bassett and Bob Fernamberg. Others were Nancy Davis and Erna and Jim Hilton. People serving were Jean Dunmore and her friend Paul; Arlene and Darryl Pilkington; Tish Dougall; Loni and Kent Kuentzel; Alan and Laura Sweeney; Janet Woodson and Heather.

Thanks to the musicians for the wonderful music; Mark Brunasso and David Alm, Julie and the Bad Dogs, Craig Nuttycomb and his group, Bright Morning Star, the Trio whose names I didn’t get.

Wonderful people who donated gifts — a heartfelt thank you to you.

Thanks to those who baked cookies, Lt. Gov. Barbara Mann of Division 29 Kiwanis and all the clubs who participated. We also thank Tom Parsons and the markets that supported us — JJ’s, Spencer’s, Trader Joe’s, Vons.

A great big thank you to all who got involved — we could not have done it without you.

Jeanne Dougall Arroyo Grande

Here’s the question

I have asked this question to all of my friends who are supporting the health care package proposed by Congress:

If Medicare is going broke because of the high cost of health care in this country, how is it that the private insurance companies can provide insurance for their clients in this same system and still reap “obscene profits”?

And if the government can’t run Medicare (or anything else) at a reasonable cost and under budget, why are so many willing to let them take on 18 percent of our economy?

We need to change the system, not throw it out. How about a high-risk pool for those with pre-existing conditions, much like with car insurance. How about opening up insurance purchases across state lines. Many states require coverage to be included regardless of the clients’ wishes. Tort reform would be nice. Why should some specialities pay $300,000/year for coverage?

If your car has a flat, you repair it — you don’t buy a new car.

In this time of record deficits, can we afford another huge government program?

Rex Thornhill Paso Robles

A local effect

When I moved to San Luis Obispo 10 years ago, I remember listening to public discourse on some critical issue of the time and thinking, “Wow, if the residents of San Luis Obispo County could be left alone to solve their own problems, they could do it!”

Ten years later, I believe this more than ever.

Working with STRIDE on the HANDs on Health event for our community (Cal Poly campus, Oct. 30 and 31) has had me collaborating with many county agencies, businesses and individuals from public health departments, hospitals and schools, as well as with restaurants, health clubs, parent groups and concerned residents.

I have never met such an impressive group of people.

These people are creative, dedicated and passionate about looking for solutions to the problems that affect the health of our county, and we are very lucky to have them working in our community.

Together we can turn the tide on the health crisis in our region and the nation.

Stephanie F. Teaford Community Liaison, STRIDE, Cal Poly