Letters to the editor, December 6
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Updated: January 7, 2013 6:06AM
Letter writer’s math skills leave much to be desired
John Anderson’s letter is full of misstatements and lousy math. What I have read in the Post-Tribune says Lake County is self-insured, i.e., it would not be paying a private insurance company.
And 2.9 percent of $25,000 is $725, not $25. That $25 is one-tenth of 1 percent of $25,000. This is an example of what is wrong with our education system.
As Medicare contracts with private insurance companies for Medicare Advantage plans, and Centers for Medicare Services to handle claims, its actual costs must be well above 2 percent. Believing that any government agency would spend only 2 percent for administrative costs is ignoring reality, at best.
Roy F. Truax
Republicans can’t seem
to see their own lies, tales
Am I the only one who noticed the irony of the quote referenced by Chris Ehrman recently? He quoted Ayn Rand, who said, “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident, which everybody had decided not to see.”
You mean like the habit of Republicans during the last election campaign to lie, then deny? Fact checks? We don’t need no stinking fact checks.
He mentions the need for economic growth, individual responsibility (yeah, we see so much of that), and opportunity for all. That opportunity for all is missing.
Try raising a family today on minimum wages and no benefits. The number of people living (poor choice of words) at or below the poverty level continues to rise.
Isn’t it a shame that those people can’t pay their fair share? Sarcasm, folks.
Russell D. Bower
Obsession with Peotone marked Jackson’s failures
Jesse Jackson Jr.’s obsession with the proposed Peotone airport may have been an early, unheeded warning sign of bipolar disorder, which often includes a tendency to make grand and unattainable plans.
Jackson’s proclamations about the airport were, at best, wildly unrealistic. Even in his recent letter of resignation from Congress, he claimed an airport at Peotone would employ 300,000 people. Jackson never could accept the fact market forces do not support the airport and Chicago political and business leaders never would allow it.
It’s a shame Jackson’s career turned into a Greek tragedy, complete with hubris leading to the fall. It’s a shame thousands of residents in the 36-square-mile site of the proposed airport have lived under a continuous threat for so many years. And it’s a shame tens of thousands of economically distressed residents in the south suburbs were fed false hope about jobs. Perhaps the next congressman will be reality-based.
At 47, Jackson still has immense potential to help make the world a better place.
I wish him well.