Letters – Drugs and the Border, Alienating Democrats, High Medical Costs, Vaccinations

Drugs at root of border crisisRe: "Crisis at border looming — With monthly detentions in tens of thousands, officials say, 'system is well beyond capacity'," Wednesday news story.Yes, we have a problem at the border. Until Americans stop consuming drugs, the violence in Central America won't stop, and we will continue to have thousands of migrants coming up, because their countries have been taken over by gangs. The gangs are fueled by money coming from drugs. We need, I believe, a Marshall Plan for Central America. If we don't do something of this nature, we could have 76,000 or more every month. A Marshall Plan would not only build economies but (perhaps) support local governments. It won't matter who the president is, or which party is in control or if we have more or less of a wall. Central America is being destroyed. Don't forget we need resources to address the thousands of homeless we have in every major city in the U.S. Can we take in desperate migrants and address our own problems too? Kind of a tough proposition. Should we legalize all drugs? Portugal has, and their drug problems have markedly decreased. The war on drugs in this country so far has failed. Innocent peasants in Central America are paying the price. In many cases, the ultimate price — their deaths, either at home or along the route to El Norte.Ellen Taylor Seldin, North DallasEroding Democratic votesThe news each day is not getting better for the Democratic Party. First, U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar's and Rashida Tlaib's anti-Semitism is going to cost them the normally Democratic-voting Jewish voters. There are millions of Jewish people in the U.S. Second, the recent votes in some states to legalize infanticide are extremely offensive to great swaths of voters. Most voters find that barbaric. Third, the turmoil at our southern border gets worse each day. Record numbers of illegal aliens are demanding entry contrary to our immigration laws. Fourth, anti-Catholic questioning of judicial nominees has certainly caught the attention of Catholic voters. Normally, about one-half vote Democratic. Lastly, the determination to redistribute wealth from hard-working citizens, well beyond reasonable levels, is threatening to those Americans. Money given to some must be taken from those who earned it. Michael Maus, McKinneyTorts drive up medical costsRe: "Greed and cynicism" by Brian Dungan, Wednesday Letters.Many can share Dungan's amazement at the gap between what Medicare and supplemental insurance companies pay medical providers and what the full bills are. I agree that overcharges for medical procedures are rampant. So is the cost of anything related to treatment of health. But single-payer will not solve that. All it will do is raise your income taxes.The largest problem of medical bills lies in our tort system. Too many lawsuits on every medical item from bandages to medicine to doctors and hospitals — anything medical. The price is driven up because providers and suppliers have to have liability insurance for their products or services because they know the suits will be coming, and fighting them is not cheap. Anytime a plaintiff wins a lawsuit, the public pays for it in higher costs of products and medical services.Until both federal and state governments clamp down on the suits, people are not going to get price relief. Even if a defendant wins a lawsuit, the cost of defense is large. Every lawsuit employs at least two attorneys, and attorneys provide enormous campaign money to everyone who makes law, state and federal.Good luck trying to change the system. Money will prevail.Tom Stamey, Fort WorthBefore vaccinesRe: "Contagious ignorance," by Susan Richmond, Wednesday Letters.An excellent letter from Richmond regarding the ignorance of the vaccine "opt-outers" and politicians and how they spread misinformation. Everything I read references the herd effect. I am concerned many do not understand the meaning of this term, meaning community immunity that protects the unvaccinated.I grew up before most vaccines were discovered. Without these, several of my contemporaries developed polio and measles. One became almost blind, one had a paralyzed arm, one a leg limp, and one died! No vaccine; no one was immune. The "opt-outs" who have been protected should be thankful for those less ignorant. Unvaccinated children are becoming more numerous, endangering others.Shame on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who embraces immunization while he questions whether the government might be taking people's liberty away if it mandated immunization. Don't we already have laws to protect our health and safety?Paula B. Dardaganian, RichardsonLetting in the unvaccinatedRichmond calls State Rep. Bill Zedler "so ignorant" because he said that antibiotics were useful in preventing deaths from measles. In fact, doctors often prescribe antibiotics to children with measles to fight deadly complications from secondary bacterial infections.She also blames him for opt-out legislation. Measles was eradicated in the U.S. but is imported from abroad. It is not just a problem of choosing not to vaccinate but also of letting in the unvaccinated.Being informed requires more than uncritical acceptance of what is taught in schools and written in the news by some not in touch with the modern world. That kind of ignorance does seem to be spreading.Ken Ashby, Dallas  Continue reading...

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