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Letters: Give state a chance

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  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    This discussion is both pertinent and timely. What kind of a society are we currently. Lots of opinion is aired daily on what the founding fathers intended, while that is important we need to constantly update our understanding the words of another document: "government of the people, for the people, and by the people". What is the relationship of the people and the government today. That conversation is on now and needs to be vigorously pursued. Charity care or Government help. Which or both should it be?

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2013 6:34 a.m.

    I'm all for volunteering and looking out for my neighbors, but when it comes to medical problems, I don't have the knowledge or skills to help in most situations, despite my good intentions. Those types of problems require the skills of trained doctors and medical staff, and sometimes hospitalization and expensive medications, all of which requires money--lots of it. I'm willing to help with money, but I can't understand how my money, and the money of others, that goes into the federal Medicaid system via federal taxes and comes back to Utah through the Medicaid program is somehow tainted and unworthy of acceptance by the state. If we don't accept Medicaid assistance from the federal government, all us taxpayers will end up paying twice to help our neighbors in need, and the money we put into the federal system will go somewhere else. It's not getting something for nothing, as the author implies, and as I am painfully aware of as I prepare to file my tax return.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    March 27, 2013 6:16 a.m.

    Gae, we are dead last in per pupil funding in education. We all see how little our state cares about what should be their #1 priority. So Forgive me when I don't have faith that our state can or will "lead the way" when it comes to health care.

    The only thing our state legislature seems to "lead the way" is with ridiculous concealed weapon permit bans(thank goodness my governor vetoed it and sent all the lil repubs in a frenzy) or bad air.