As I watch the anger, frustration and fear that seem to have gripped conservatives across this nation, I am reminded of President Obama's reference to I Corinthians in his inaugural address, when he said it was "time to set aside childish things": As Paul writes "When I was a child I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things."

Children react out of fear of the unknown, out of a primal instinct that differences are threats. They react with frustration and anger when they don't get their way. They are absolutely certain of the rightness of their desires, and their perspective is non-negotiable, shouting their opposition and spurning reasonable discourse and calls for mature consideration of facts rather than phantoms. I realize that it is difficult for some people to be out of power who believe in the absolute rightness of their thinking on all matters, great and small. But it is time to set aside childish things. — Paul Falletta, Grants Pass

Joe Conason (column, Aug. 15) should be congratulated for bringing some reason into this health-care debate.

As is well known, the nearly 50 million uninsured are the ones who are dying because of lack of medical care. There are also many well-publicized instances of denial of care by the insurance companies, which end up in the tragic death of those involved. The Medicare and Medicaid recipients (socialized medicine) are not screaming for their benefits to be taken away. When will we ever catch up to the other First World countries? — Arthur Howard, M.D., Jacksonville

I went to Rep. DeFazio's town hall meeting but was unable to get in to ask a question, so I'll ask it here.

I see he characterized fears that Obamacare would promote euthanasia as "phony arguments." I say with this statement, he's the one being phony!

President Obama's stated purpose for this bill is to cut Medicare by $500 billion and medical care by $2 trillion over the next 10 years, and the only way you can do this is by denying or rationing care and allowing people to die as a result. Obama has called for a board of experts to ration care; specifically the IMAC board. If those in Congress are so concerned with cutting costs than why don't they repeal and demand back the approximately $25 trillion dollars they're giving away to Wall Street and London, et al.?

Cancel the bailout and put the bankrupt financial system through bankruptcy reorganization. Cancel HMOs that make money by denying care. And, institute a single-payer plan, which, according to Physicians for a National Health Policy, would save about $350 billion a year in private insurers/HMO overhead.

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