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Oct. 9 Letters to the editor


It’s not health care, it’s health insurance

To the editor:

I feel compelled to point out a subtle tactic used by supporters of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. When speaking of the law, they almost always use the words “health care” when they really mean “health insurance.”

This is dishonest because the two terms are not interchangeable. They use those words to try to convince you that people are being denied access to medical care. No one in this country is refused necessary health care!

For proof, just go read the placard in your hospital’s emergency room, which says necessary medical care will not be refused because of lack of ability to pay. This has been the case since long before Obamacare was conceived.

To you supporters of Obamacare: Please stop saying “health care” when you really mean “health insurance.”

Steve Meyers, Newberg

Heartfelt thanks for help in a time of need

To the editor:

I would like to express our extreme gratitude to Dr. Yutzie, Dr. Ham, the registered nurses and certified nursing assistants in the intensive care and medical-surgery units for the excellent care our sister Doris received at Providence-Newberg Medical Center. Also, we’d like to express our gratitude to the Newberg-Dundee Police Department for its professionalism given to the funeral escort.

Carolyn Lacy and family,


Vineyard cannons a scourge to neighbors

To the editor:

Cannons, the kind that rattle windows and fray nerves, are again going off next door. The grape business is booming!

What may be romantic and all part of the viticulture in Oregon is a major problem to the rest of the citizens who live in close proximity to vineyards.

About this time every year as the grapes ripen our neighbor set their propane cannons to shoot off every 30 to 40 seconds from early morning to sunset. I’ve measured the sound decibels to 85 to 90. It’s like living in the middle of a war zone.

There is no recourse for us. We are told, “It’s agricultural. They can do anything they want.”

Is there anyone else out there that would like to see this practice end? Surely there has to be a better way to keep birds out of the vines? We have seriously thought of moving, but really don’t want to be run out of our home of 30 years.

Barbara Roark, Newberg