Protect public TV, radio from Romney
Gov. Romney told us that he loves Big Bird and that much as he hates to see him go, balancing the budget depends on cutting off funds for Public Broadcasting. But would he deprive us of The Cat in the Hat as well? How about Lawrence Welk? And surely he will miss the thrill of watching those lucky people on Antiques Road Show who discover they have a genuine Ming Dynasty vase in the attic. Won't he even miss Hercule Poirot?
One Romney supporter claims that only a part of PBS broadcasts are educational. But where else can we get programs that compare to Masterpiece Theater, Nova, Nature, Great Performances, Evening at the Pops, The Hatfields and McCoys? And that's only television! Without Performance Today and the wonderful classical music that plays through the night, I might as well throw away my radio! I don't think I am alone.
Dorothy Wehrle Guest Dixon
Preserve Medicare by backing Obama
Senior citizens and future senior citizens, beware! Earlier in the campaign season, candidates Romney and Ryan proudly announced that they would save Medicare by privatizing the current system. This plan would "allow" seniors to choose their own insurer through a voucher system. When it became clear that this approach would cost the average senior an extra $6,000 or more out-of-pocket expense, their battle cry of reform took a much softer note. The plan remains the same. You just aren't hearing much about it. The Republican candidates seem to believe that a strict business approach is the best way to deal with our country's most pressing issues. What they seem to miss is that the USA is comprised of individuals, not debit/credit columns.
It's true that Medicare requires adjustments to meet the needs of our expanding older population. President Obama has already begun the process of preserving Medicare through the Affordable Care Act. Seniors now have access to more preventive services which will result in fewer and/or shorter hospital stays. Greater effort has been taken to reduce Medicare fraud and abuse. All these steps were taken without restricting access to care by the individual.
If the continuation of our current Medicare system is important to you and those you care about, the choice is clear on Election Day. Preserve Medicare -- vote for President Obama.