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Letters 05/11/11

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Finding a cure


    The Friends of Faith Relay for Life team would like to thank everyone who  came out to our Putt-Putt Tournament on April 30.
    A special thank you to the following for sponsoring holes: Steven Grant, Attorney at Law, Bedford Mutual   Insurance, Lyon’s Jewelers, Angelina Smith - Thirty-one Consultant, Chadwell Appraisers, Southern Flavoring, Local Places - A Mobile Advertising Company and Jill Kregor - Thirty-one Consultant. Because of your generosity, our team   was able to raise more money to help find a cure for cancer.

Sheila Toms
Bedford

Hand in hand

    This country is capitalism at its best,  medical providers know the power of repetitious TV advertising, they program people into being afraid and  if a person does not have a problem, they will bombard that person with advertising  thus causing that person to become ill. ie, 
    Christianity follows the same pattern,  TV preachers do not come out and say that they what they preach is fact, they just preach that their followers  must have faith that what they preach is true.     One could also say that these persons who wrote the bible had a need to offer the poor (and there were many)  a savior so they will give 10 percent of any money they made to the preachers and prophets of that day and time. That if the poor would work for little or no pay and still gave 10 percent or their earnings or other asset such as livestock, etc.   that surely when they die, they will go to a better place; HEAVEN. 
    Today we see conservatives and Christian preachers go hand in hand, when in reality,  conservatives want to  slash Medicare, Medicaid, entitlement programs, etc. and also, repeal the
health reform bill which would cancel out the bill which would help millions.  Personally, I would favor a one payer system which England has. England spends about half of what we spend on health care, and their citizens live about two years longer.
    Conservatives like to throw the word Socialism around as if it were a dirty word, but do they even know the meaning of the word or do they like to think that their listeners view their words as gospel?  
    For those politicians and others who do not know the meaning of socialism because they did not consult with their staff. The meaning is:
    Socialism is an economic system in which the means of production are publicly or commonly owned and controlled co-operatively, or a political philosophy advocating such a system. A primary goal of socialism is social equality and a distribution of wealth based on one’s contribution to society, and an economic arrangement that would serve the interests of society as a whole.[1][2] As a form of social organization, socialism is based on relatively equal-power relations, self-management and a reduction or elimination of hierarchical forms of management in the economic structure of society.[3]    Now it seems to me that if Jesus were to return to planet earth  and wanted to join a political party, according to his teachings, he would certainly choose socialism.
 
Kenneth Aldhizer
Moneta