Rapid Response

September 22, 2009

By Contributor

What’s one creative way to make sure more people have access to health care?

Enforce our citizenship laws. The taxpayers are supplying health care to illegal aliens. This means they are not citizens of this country and should not be treated with the privileges that citizens are; they should not be given access to health care. Use the money to deport them.Matthew Balkman, Issaquah

Make sure that all corporations and individuals pay taxes, with no exceptions except for incomes under $15,000 per year.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

To make sure more people have access to health care, start with tort reform to reduce excessive lawsuits against doctors, who then pass on the penalties to us consumers. Allow medical savings accounts and provide coverage to U.S. citizens in most cases; stop the fraud of coverage to undocumented visitors, since we can’t likewise expect other nations to offer us free coverage either. This is reasonable.

John Sheridan, Issaquah

Move to Sweden. Seriously, nobody should have to lose their home because they get sick.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

What are your feelings about the number of unopposed races in city elections?

Competition is better, but everyone’s lives are so busy these days that it’s hard to add on the burden of public service.

Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah

There is really no reason for the city to pair some City Council candidates against each other while others run unopposed. It would be more civil, fair and effective to list them all together on the ballot and award the available seats to those receiving the most votes.

David Bangs, Issaquah

As long as we elect candidates because we like them and not because of what they stand for in terms of good government, we should not be surprised when nobody wants to waste money on running against a popular incumbent.

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

Frankly, we have some great representation. Folks realize that and want to see those people continue. It is the races that are contested that indicate displeasure with the candidate or desire on the part of the challenger to affect positive change.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

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