Mexico would take care of any of us, wouldn’t it?

To the editor:

Kudos on your Wednesday editorial, "Free health care for illegals."

Here is my question: If I had a life-threatening medical condition, would it be acceptable for me to illegally enter Mexico, for example, for free and endless treatment even though I’m not supposed to be in their country in the first place? I could possibly explain to Mexican authorities that I have no job, no insurance and no means to pay for my hospital charges.

What are the chances that their government would be compassionate enough to overlook my selfish and law-breaking ways and pass my financial responsibilities onto the backs of their own citizens — no matter the cost? They might even move my family to the front of the line at their emergency rooms since we have nowhere else to go.

Because I have a life-threatening condition, that would be the humanitarian thing to do.

Tom Shaw



No moral compass

To the editor:

In response to your Thursday report, "Ensign tells Nevadans he’s sorry":

How could having sex with your wife’s best friend possibly be a "mistake"? I can just imagine the conversation: "Oh, sorry, honey! I thought I was jumping into bed with you!" Perhaps a course in braille would have been helpful.

Then there’s Sen. John Ensign’s assertion that his affair isn’t comparable to Bill Clinton’s, because the president lied about it under oath. So, let’s get this straight — lying to a grand jury under oath is bad; lying to your wife, family and friends, not so bad.

Sen. Ensign would have been so much further ahead had he left that whole subject alone. A simple "no comment" would have at least left us wondering about the hypocrisy of his reaction to Mr. Clinton’s extramarital affair, which compelled Sen. Ensign to say the president should resign.

Then there is the "Big Whopper" lie: A payment of $96,000 to the family of the other participant in this nasty little mess. Just how many employers out there run to Mom and Dad to cover "severance pay" for their employees? His parents would probably like to sever something, all right, but it wouldn’t involve money.

I think the best word to describe Sen. Ensign’s behavior is "betrayal." He betrayed his wife, his family, his friends and his constituents, who now look like idiots for having elected someone whose moral and ethical compasses clearly go south when it comes to his personal commitments.

Susan Barton


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