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Duplicitous statements on health care

Literature from Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler claims that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes $700 billion from Medicare. That is a half-truth at best. The ACA tries to bring down future healthcare costs by paying hospitals less if they have too many re-admissions, rewarding providers for favorable outcomes instead of how many procedures they perform. The goal is to increase the efficiency and quality of care instead of cutting benefits to seniors. Improving seniors’ health this way should reduce the total cost to Medicare.

Now, for the rest of the story as Paul Harvey would say. The House Republican budget plan relies on the same $700 billion Medicare savings that the ACA does ( Aug. 15, 2012). What would Republicans do with this money? It wouldn’t go into health care because they would scrap the ACA. Instead, it would go to special interest groups and tax breaks for the top 10 percent earners. It is completely hypocritical to attack the ACA for cutting Medicare reimbursement the same way that Republicans would do. Failure to tell the whole truth is just as much a lie as an untruth. That is one reason to replace Rep. Beutler in Congress with Democrat Bob Dingethal. We need our representatives to speak the truth to us.

David Edelman


Were the facts right?

In an article published on 8-13-14 in The Goldendale Sentinel regarding the dismissal of a child molestation case, reporter Andrew Christiansen wrote that the judge dismissed all charges in State v Dana Klein due to the mismanagement of evidence on the part of the Sheriff’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office.

What Mr. Christiansen failed to fully explain was that the mismanagement, which led to the eventual dismissal of the charges, occurred back in 2006 during a former administration long before Ms. Hoctor was elected as County Prosecutor. Readers of Mr. Christiansen’s article are left with the impression that recent mismanagement in the Prosecutor’s office led to the dismissal of these charges which is incorrect.

Facts are critical and precise reporting is essential especially in an election cycle. Readers of The Sentinel need to know they can trust the information printed.

Brian D. Aaron,

Senior Deputy Prosecutor


Editor’s response: There was absolutely no misrepresentation of facts in this story; if there had been, we would’ve run a correction. None was necessary here. The article made it clear the matter occurred in 2006. We would rather readers clearly understood that none of the events recounted in this story were reflections on Ms. Hoctor. That some didn’t does not reflect on the writer of the story.

Celebrate unions this Labor Day

In celebration of Labor Day, I share this quote of President Dwight Eisenhower’s. It is indeed food for thought:

“Today in America unions have a secure place in our industrial life. Only a handful of reactionaries harbor the ugly thought of breaking unions and of depriving working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice. I have no use for those—regardless of their political party—who hold some vain and foolish dream of spinning the clock back to days when organized labor was huddled, almost as a helpless mass.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Mildred Culver



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