Readers Write: May 11

Health care must improve for all

As Congress considers more health care reform, I would like to explicate obvious but underutilized rhetoric.

Health care will be administered one way or another. When unwell people come into hospitals, doctors will treat them and eventually, the hospital will have to get paid. Unfortunately, health care is expensive and not everyone has means to bear the cost.

There are three options: corporations and/or wealthy individuals pay more in taxes so the government can provide health care to low-income individuals, corporations that employ low-income workers provide comprehensive healthcare to their employees or corporations pay their low-income employees more money to afford health care.

The United States is a consumer-driven society. Nobody will be shopping at the mall or eating fast food or drinking brand-name soda if they’re dying en masse of preventable illness. We quite literally cannot afford to regress into a society that does not provide health care for its people.


Children can’t be guardians of own safety

Leslie Deets’ column on the NRA’s gun safety program for children was interesting (“NRA’s work helps keep kids safe around guns,” Opinion, April 27), and I’m sure that it has made some children safer. Two problems, though: one cannot count on children to do the right thing, even when they know what it is. Some will succumb to curiosity and pick up that gun. Second, children should not have to be the main ones in charge of their safety. This means there should be more measures in place to keep adults accountable for children’s safety from firearms, and ways to make it difficult or impossible for a child to fire a gun they might encounter. Support for increased safety measures is not opposition to the Second Amendment.