The haze of the trickle of death
The mass killing in Las Vegas was a tremendous and horrific tragedy. It was evil by almost anyone's standards. There can be no justification for acts of evil like mass homicide and its effect on the many lives changed that were wounded, as well as their families.
What I don't see is the same level of concern for even larger mass killings that happen over a little longer period of days and months. There is no general outcry for the well over 500 homicides and nearly 2,400 wounded in Chicago or over 270 homicides in Baltimore, just in 2017 so far! Just because they occur over days and months don't make them less important, particularly to the victims and their families.
We are all rightfully hurt and saddened by the mass killings in the U.S. and media, celebrities, politicians and many others are quick to try to lay blame. A high percentage only go as deep as the tools used in these high profile crimes rather than deal with the underlying culture we've created in America. In addition to the ongoing homicide rate there is little reaction to the biggest killer in our nation (by far) - abortions. The U.S. averages around 1 million abortions of babies a year. Life is cheap when it is inconvenient, hence the growing push for assisted suicide.
Only the one day mass casualty events seem to bring us out of the haze of the trickle of death each day. But do we notice, however shortly, the culture that we've made in America?
A solution that is simple and wrong
On Sept. 14, 2017, The Colorado Springs Gazette ran an article titled "Governor hopeful promises health plan" By Ernest Luning and published by ColoradoPolitics.com. I am writing this letter to express my opinion on this matter.
There has been a lot of talks lately about health care reform and finding a solution for every American to have affordable health care. Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy's proposal to allow Colorado residents to buy health insurance through Colorado's Medicaid program would boost coverage and cut costs. Although Ms. Kennedy's plan sounds good, she is currently a supporter of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders "Medicare for All" the name given to Sanders 96-page bill.
The socialized health care that Sanders promotes would be disastrous for the United States. Jane Orient is the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons argues there would be no benefit for the government to assume the risk for the catastrophic health care costs that would be incurred through socialized medicine. I consider myself to be a rational and sane individual capable of discerning right from wrong. When I see, people holding their signs or advertising bumper stickers that say "Healthcare is a Right" I cringe in disapproval.
Socialized medicine annihilates the social imperative of personal responsibility. I cannot find anywhere in the founding documents of this great nation that states that health care is, in fact, an inalienable right. I am in absolute agreement with others that something needs to change in with how the health care system works in the United States. I have researched healthcare in other countries around the world and have found that socialized medicine is not all that people think its chalked up to be and can say it is certainly not the answer to the problems facing the health care system in the United States. As described by Jane Orient, author of "America's Health Care System Should Not Be Socialized," if America were to adopt a single payer system as found in Canada, everyone would be forced to pay through taxes, for other people's "health care" especially mental-health screenings and many other politically favored services.
When a government is the controller of health care, the individual is forgotten. American journalist and scholar H.L. Mencken said it best: "For every problem, there is a solution that is simple, elegant, and wrong." Universal health care is a textbook case.
Many road construction sites
Colorado Springs seems to have many road construction sites, some of which have very few workers on duty. This creates problems for commuters along with the businesses along the blocked roads.
In the future, the city needs to negotiate hardball contracts that include a large fine for each day that the contractor is late in delivering the completed project. City planners should also make sure that any road construction is truly necessary, and if so, that all the resources are available to expedite the process quickly and effectively.
Solar energy is not that cheap
The endorsement of "clean power" by Sonia Klein is based on hype, not facts. She wants Colorado Springs Utilities to accelerate its investment in solar power - claiming that solar energy is "cheap," that it "pays itself off after a few years." She might want to inquire into how that's working out for the solar farm at the Air Force Academy.
There's a simple, common sense way for anybody to decide which is the most economical means of generating electricity. When energy companies - on their own, without government coercion or artificial incentives - determine that a new source is cheaper they'll make the switch.
Any savings currently achieved with "green energy" are simply the result of taxpayers subsidizing the new technologies.
When wind power, solar power and electric cars are truly competitive, American industry will quickly adapt to economic reality. In the meantime, if you want your neighbors to pay higher utility bills or taxes in order to save the planet, let's at least call it what it is and not misrepresent economic reality.