A Dec. 6 letter incorrectly stated that the City Council raised the meals tax 11 percent. The tax raised was the transient occupancy tax. The meals tax remains unchanged at 5 percent.
Health care for all
On Dec. 12, 2012, the United Nations unanimously endorsed a historic resolution urging all countries to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage as an essential priority for international development.
Universal health coverage (UHC) ensures all people everywhere can access the quality health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It is a fundamentally political goal rooted in the human right to health. It is also one of the smartest investments any country can make.
Health is a human right, not a privilege. Access to quality health services should never depend on your race, gender, age, ability, wealth, or citizenship. Universal health coverage leaves no one behind.
Good health transforms societies. When people are healthy, families, communities, and economies can reach their full potential. UHC is possible. More than 100 low- and middle-income countries, home to three-quarters of the world’s population, have taken steps toward universal health coverage. Health for all is critical to the future we want by 2030.
In our state and nation, we are still pursuing universal health care coverage. There has been progress: witness Ashland’s Health Care for All Oregon Resolution. But we cannot seem to control costs which keeps people uninsured, nor is everyone eligible for health insurance. We can and must do better: health care for all.
Bill Walsh & Shirley Weathers
Looking for balance
I looked for a balanced view of President Bush who died earlier this week. I was disappointed to find only admiring articles from multiple sources. President Bush had a dark side of supporting violence according to many reliable journalistic sources.
Among some of his transgressions are the decision to go into Kuwait on unsubstantiated propaganda reports which eventually led to Osma bin Laden objecting to American military presence, support for the Contras and their death squads, secret bombing of Cambodia, support for Israeli policy against the Palestinians, pardoning responsible administration officials for their part in promoting some of these violent policies, the invasion of Panama with the cover-up of civilian deaths, among other actions. He is quoted as saying, “I will never apologize for the United States’ actions no matter the facts.”
I request that our local press present a balanced view of our “heroes” thereby contributing to a more accurate historical record.
“ Uproot’s pigs roam the oak-studded hillside, napping, playing, digging and exploring.” — Vickie Aldous.
Ahhh. Isn’t that sweet. Maybe they should open a day care. I’m sure the kiddies would enjoy sharing those activities with the pigs.