Most in U.S. satisfied with health coverage
Aren't you thoroughly sick of hearing the calculated effort to wreck the greatest health care system in the world, termed health care "reform"?
What is "reforming" about destruction? Why must the entire nation suffer to protect Bill and Hillary Clinton's egos?
Bear in mind that 85 percent of Americans are satisfied with their health care and the insurance coverage they have to provide for themselves and their families.
Concerning the Clinton's health care "reform," simply ask yourself:
Are you more secure entrusting your physical, mental and emotional health to the doctors and insurance companies of your own personal choice, or would you feel more secure depending upon Bill, Hillary and the likes of Donna Shalala and Joycelyn Elders for your medical welfare?
There is only one answer to that question, and you and I know what that is.
C. R. Jones
Villa Nova bridge
I, like many others, wish Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden a full and permanent recovery from his recent operation.
That being said, I wish also that his recent general statement that he intends to listen more to the concerns of his constituency will hold true, especially as they relate to people living in the Villa Nova community and their concerns regarding replacement of the bridge on Buckingham Road.
We are entering the fourth year in which the bridge is out. The temporary barriers set up have become an eyesore.
Mr. Hayden, can we take this item off of the back burner?
Garland L. Crosby
"Gay Veterans have a right to July 4th, too," says John A. Micklos (Forum, July 11).
No one has presumed to deny them that right.
They were offered their very own exclusive parade permit, which they declined, opting instead for the special consideration of marching as an exclusive contingent of homosexuals in an otherwise non-sexually specific parade of patriots.
Americans wish to be noted, especially on Independence Day for their patriotism, not for their sexual orientation.
Gays should find some other function for their "divide-and-conquer" tactics, not the birthday of our unity, as a nation.
Blanche K. Coda
I am glad that the state lottery revenues are up. My personal revenues are down since my husband became addicted to Keno.
It is upsetting to see the state assume the role of a "drug pusher" by hiring coaches to encourage people to take a "little hit."
People who are not playing are approached by the coaches, and the Keno party creates an atmosphere that losing is fun.
The party participants spent $31 and lost $2, but they had fun in the process.
Interesting return on their money!
Beneficent United States
This nation has been often a beneficent one in the world.
Now, in The Evening Sun July 7, there is a pathetic picture of a small, skinny Haitian woman (seemingly not even 20 years old) "repatriated by the Coast Guard."
Unfortunately, had she been processed on that date of July 7 she would have been sent to another part of the Caribbean, as the Clinton administration just amended its position on these refugees.
The woman, exiting a Red Cross bus, besides carrying her child and what appears to be one sandal with no straps, has something else.
She may have thought, after eating, presumably, a meal provided by the Coast Guard, that this other thing could be useful. It is a plastic fork from the great United States of America. And, in her case, it is a shame . . .
R. D. Reese
Baltimore Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest accomplishments of this nation and its people. This date should serve as a symbol of what on reflection this nation is capable of doing.
It was on July 20, 1969, 25 years ago, that one of mankind's apparently impossible dreams came true. Astronaut Neil Armstrong planted his boot on the soil of the moon.
Further, listeners a quarter of a million miles away heard his famous comments, in relationship to the moon. "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." This quote, in retrospect, summed up both philosophically and historically what the American space program was about.
Neil Armstrong, in retrospect, became the first man to walk on the surface of the moon when he stepped from his lunar module Eagle.
This took place four days after the launching of Apollo 11. Hundreds of millions watched on television that day as Edwin Aldrin joined Armstrong, and the two men set up data-collecting instruments and took samples of moon rock and soil.
As history has recorded, the following day the astronauts departed from the moon to link up with Michael Collins, who remained aboard the Apollo 11 command ship Columbia in orbit around the moon.
The three astronauts then began the journey back to earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24. What a proud day July 20, 1969, was for every American. In fact, 1969 should rank historically with the years 1492 and 1776.
Finally, let us not forget that the moon landing and perhaps many of the great feats that took place, in relationship to the space program, must be attributed to President John F. Kennedy.
Throughout his administration Kennedy pressed the nation's scientists to step up the race with the Soviet Union for the mastery of outer space.
Let us not forget that in April 1961 the Russians had sent the first man into space. President Kennedy replied by promising that the United States would be the first to land a man on the moon.
He said, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard; because the goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills; because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win."
July 20, 1969, should stand as a symbol of what we as a people are able to accomplish -- regardless of the dangers, problems and circumstances involved.
John A. Micklos