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'I want to live75 years' was personal opinion, not social policy

To The Daily Sun,

Again last week, we witnessed Mr. Meade's inability to tell the whole truth. Yes, he picks at pieces of the truth, but then weaves them in such a way as to relay a lie to his readers.

Meade's deceit stems from a Sept. 17 piece in The Atlantic titled "Why I Hope To Die at 75", in which former White House health care adviser Ezekiel Emanuel outlined his views on end-of-life health care and his reasoning that 75 is the ideal age to die. He explained that he wishes to die at age 75, "Seventy five. That's how long "I" want to live: 75 years."

Of course, Meade and the right-wing media jumped on these personal comments as an opportunity to resuscitate the thoroughly debunked claims that the ACA would create "death panels."

Dr. Emanuel does not say "we should all die when we reach the magic age of 75", as Meade claims. He is voicing a personal opinion, but with Meade and Fox News, opinions appear to trump facts. Emanuel does state that "once I have lived to 75, my approach to my health care will completely change. I won't actively end my life, but I won't try to prolong it either.

Emanuel goes on to say that, "I am not saying that those who want to live as long as possible are unethical or wrong, I am certainly not scorning or dismissing people who want to live on despite their physical and mental limitations. I'm not even trying to convince anyone I'm right. Indeed, I often advise people of this age group on how to get the best medical care available in the United States for their ailments. That is their choice, and I support them."

He further states that, "I am not advocating 75 as the official statistic of a complete, good life in order to save resources, ration health care, or address public-policy issues."

It's quite apparent that Meade relied on his conservative "sources" and did not read Emanuel's article, or, if he did, just refused to accept the facts of the article so as to promote his political agenda.

Meade giving credibility to Sarah Palin for statements in support of the mythical "death panels," or any other statements, is a disservice to conservatives — my personal opinion.

L.J. Siden

Gilmanton

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Apparently Mr. Meade thinks history started with Pres. Obama

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to respond to a column written by Mr. Meade on Nov.18.

The title of his column "By the Company He Keeps" got me to thinking that he would go back in time as he did in one instance to remind us of times past. I was hoping to read his version of Iraq-Iran war, of how Mr. Reagan, Rumsfeld and others supplied Saddam Hussein with money, weapons of mass destruction, intelligence, etc. to keep Iran from taking control of Iraq oil fields.

The end results were 1 million dead in Iran, and 250,000 dead in Iraq. It would have been good to read his opinion of weapons for hostages with Lt. Col. North.

The continued complaint of increase of taxes left out Mr. Reagan, who raised taxes 11 times during his eight years in office. President George H.W. Bush ran for president saying, "Read my lips. No new taxes." In August 1990 Saddam Hussein, a great friend of President Reagan, Vice President Bush, Mr. Rumsfeld, and others invaded Kuwait. A friend turned enemy overnight.

President Bush (41), much to his credit with American forces and a coalition of many countries, launched Desert Storm on Jan. 17, 1991 — a war that lasted 100 hours.

President Clinton known as a draft dodger was elected to president for the next eight years. He had many ups and downs, impeached in 1998 over his affair with Monica Lewinsky, lying under oath and as always anything else a right-winger could come up with.

President George W. Bush (43) was selected by the Supreme Court to be the next president. He ran saying, no nation-building, rebuild infrastructure, protect the border.

How did that work out for you, Mr. Meade?

A part list of company he kept was Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Powell. The rest is well known by most people today.

Mr. Meade has apparently forgotten everything that has happened in this country before President Obama was elected. I find most of his column a repeat of Fox News; other parts are his opinion or his right under the First Amendment to say anything he wants to. I do agree with his description of the Rev. Al Sharpton. I will ask him where he got the information that he has been asked for his input for the next attorney general to replace Mr. Holder.

It was a very cheap shot and uncalled-for to include Twana Brawley, a case that happened in 1987 while President Obama was in his middle 20s.

Perhaps it would be nice if Mr. Meade could tell us in his next column what we are to expect from the "party of 'No'" in the next two years. I will remind all in the Lakes Region that most of the bottled water they drink is tap water.

Henry Osmer

Hill

 

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