LETTERS: Soros backs good causes; Kochs don’t

To the editor:

Curklin Jackson’s letter asked questions of Sen. Harry Reid’s motives regarding George Soros (“Waiting for Reid to bash billionaire Soros,” March 16 Review-Journal). I think I can answer those questions. First, the Koch brothers do indeed use their massive wealth to influence our government, predominantly one party, to do their bidding and accommodate their interests in protecting us from big government.

Contrary to what you’ve probably been told about big government, it is the only entity that can stand up to billionaires and corporate interests, as government has the ability to render billionaires regular citizens. The smaller type of government spends its entire energies in the bedrooms of its citizens, with a major focus on female reproductive organs.

Mr. Soros doesn’t fit the mold of the Koch brothers. He funds entities that will tax him at a higher rate and will regulate his industry, which gives him a greater advantage. When industries are regulated for fairness, the truly gifted are at an advantage. When industry is unregulated, any thieving, unscrupulous financial thug can make money, as we witnessed in the recent financial crash.

Since 1980, Mr. Soros has contributed over $8 billion to interests of human rights, public health and education. Mr. Soros earned every dime he made, while the brothers Koch, in 1967, inherited $100 million from their brilliant entrepreneurial father. Mr. Soros was not even politically active until 2004, when he said, “I would trade my entire wealth if I could be assured that George Bush was not re-elected.” He felt Mr. Bush was leading the country to ruin.

Apparently, Mr. Soros is not only a financial wizard, but a good judge of character as well.



Marijuana dispensaries

To the editor:

Ever since the citizens of Nevada voted to legalize medical marijuana, the proposal seems to be in limbo on how to go about it. It seems to me that the easiest way to proceed would be to have licensed pharmacists dispense it in a medical setting. In other words, it should be distributed in a pharmacy, and not in stores or in shopping mall kiosks. Therefore, the logical location for dispensaries would be either in an existing pharmacy or in or adjacent to local hospitals.

If a pharmacist in a local hospital dispensed the marijuana, the profits would go to that hospital. I am certain that the individual hospitals could put this money to good use. However, this solution is perhaps too logical to be seriously considered.



Nevada Health Link

To the editor:

The Review-Journal’s March 20 Review-Journal editorial (“Obamacare horror story”) exposes a problem that one individual is having with the Nevada Health Link system. May I point out that this system was implemented by a Republican governor, and is not part of the national website, which had problems in the past but is now working properly. This is not Obamacare, but rather a system implemented by Gov. Sandoval’s administration. Quit trying to place the blame on the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA was based on a plan developed a number of years ago by a Republican organization, and the essence of the act was already successfully implemented in Massachusetts by a Republican governor (Mitt Romney). Many Democrats wanted to simply extend Medicare, an effective program which has been up and running for 25 years or so, and which has served our senior citizens quite well. But Republicans objected to expanding Medicare and instead wanted state’s rights to prevail, by allowing the individual states to set up exchanges and let private insurance companies sell policies via these exchanges.

Of course, the ACA was written to handle the possibility that individual state governors might not set up an exchange; a national exchange had to be implemented. Many Republican governors chose not to implement state-level exchanges, and people in those states must use the national exchange. Fortunately, our governor chose to implement a state exchange for Nevada.

The Review-Journal was quite eager and ready to jump all over the national exchange when it had its problems last fall. You don’t quite want to acknowledge that since then, it has been fixed. But that doesn’t help the people of Nevada. Nevada’s health care marketplace is still having problems. For some reason, you still want to blame President Barack Obama for the failure of Gov. Sandoval’s Nevada Health Link system. How hypocritical of you to do so.

Place the blame for Nevada’s woes on the responsible party, who happens to be a Republican and is not the president. The president’s exchange problems have been fixed.




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