Readers Write 01/29

Americans suffer lack of affordable health care

Americans cannot afford health care under the current system, and Congress’s reform continues the worst of the present system (insurance companies intent on not paying for health care) and ignores the obvious solution: a single payer plan. Christians and Americans believe in helping the needy, and in banding together for the common good.

Congress, please live up to that spirit as representatives of the people.

Keith Gore Wiseman, Atlanta

GOVERNMENT

Let’s keep those jail inmates warm, toasty

I was just thrilled to read that heat was restored to Atlanta’s jail. The inmates experience cozy temperatures — while I keep my temperature no higher than 68 degrees, even during the recent record low temperatures.

Maybe crime does pay after all!

Joe Cano, Atlanta

POLITICS

Filibuster rule does a disservice to citizens

It appears to many citizens that the filibuster rules of the Senate are merely a means for each party to continue to have unwarranted clout, even when they are in the minority status. As a result, the true will of the majority of the citizens is often sacrificed. These rules need to go, and our senators need to stop protecting themselves.

Keith Handy, Atlanta

RELIGION

Robertson identified the true spirit of Haiti

Kathleen Parker needs to keep quiet about things she knows nothing about — for example, Pat Robertson, and his knowledge of the Bible and spiritual matters (“Give God and Satan a holiday from news cycle,” Opinion, Jan. 20). If she did, she would not be so critical of him expressing the truth about Haiti and the spirits that talked to Haitians.

The spirit is still there today, and it is called Voodooism. Robertson was saying that the country was founded on that religion, and it is still the religion today. Christians are trying to teach the people, and are making some progress, but the leadership is corrupt because the evil is still rooted in their culture.

Gilda McCarty, Acworth

COLUMNIST

Tucker’s lost herself ‘inside the beltway’

As a long-term AJC customer, I believe Cynthia Tucker’s columns, for the past year or more, have changed. She previously wrote from the perspective of the citizens of Georgia. She now writes as if she is seeking approval of the current administration — to be invited to their “friendly media” luncheons, parties and dinners.

Regardless of her reasons, she has lost her roots, and is no longer able to understand the viewpoint of Georgia citizens. Maybe she should write for the “inside the beltway” crowd, who live in a different world.

Dick Haberly, Marietta

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