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July 1, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 07/01/2014

We’ve spent enough

With the sudden bloody upheaval going on in Iraq, I hope a majority of Americans do not want our president to re-start American military involvement in such a centuries-long religious and territorial conflict. We have spent enough American lives and treasure on a war that the George W. Bush administration blatantly lied our country and the world into. America cannot solve this with more bullets and American lives.

Yet there are still members of our Congress who denigrate our president and push for further military involvement.

I did my year in Vietnam as a Navy Hospital Corpsman. I saw some horribly sad things in that time in another stupid war.

John Billette

Traverse City

Disband VA system

Headline on June 15, “Senate votes to nearly double money spent on veterans health care, adding $35 billion to the existing $44 billion VA budget.” This is the classic political response to the recent revelation of excessive waits for veterans to receive care in the VA system.

Our veterans deserve the very best medical care available. Their health care benefits program should be as good as or better than any other. They should be able to see any health care provider they want to see wherever that provider is located, not just those employed by the government.

I say disband the Veterans Administration health care delivery system and convert the VA into a government funded insurance program for veterans. Why should our local vets have to travel to Saginaw for inpatient care?

Before throwing an obscene amount of additional taxpayer money at an admittedly broken VA system I believe the government should commission a collaborative study by the schools of public health of Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the University of Michigan to document the saved dollars and improved quality of care for our veterans that would result from the disbanding of the VA health care delivery system.

Ralph Cerny

Traverse City

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