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March 27, 2014

Readers' Forum 3-36 | U.S. heath care is from Dark Ages

JOHNSTOWN — For the life of me, I do not understand why the United States is one of the only countries in the developed world that does not have universal or socialized health care. With the recent passing of Obamacare, there is much euphoria about nothing.

My friend lives in Canada, and recently I was talking with her regarding the high cost of my health care. She said that she did not know anything about health-care premiums. Her husband was recently in the hospital for three days for an appendectomy and everything was free. They paid nothing at all. They did pay $10 for the parking garage.

Why is the U.S. one of the richest countries in the world and we are stuck so far back in the Dark Ages regarding our health-care system? Even under-developed nations in Latin America and Africa have some type of free, socialized medicine. 

I watch as my premiums go higher and higher while a few lucky, unemployed people will get their health care for free.

Natalia Knaze

Johnstown

Putin may invade other countries next

Russia has never honored any treaty signed by Russia. Having heard and read so many different facts, I decided to fill in the blanks with my opinion about the invasion of the Russian forces into a free and independent nation.

The Russians wanted the world to believe that they invaded Ukraine to defend the Russians living there, but the world has not paid attention to history.

Germans invaded Sudetenland to “protect” German citizens and World War II started. The Soviet Union, Russian communists, invaded the Baltic states. They pretended by requesting bases in those countries to protect Soviets. After they moved into those countries, they established their own government by force. As far as the Soviets protecting the majority of Russians in Ukraine, the reason there was a majority is what they called resettlement. They would forcefully remove the citizens of those countries and ship them to Siberia, and then replacing vacant spaces with Russian citizens.

My grandmother and grandfather on my father’s side were put in cattle cars. They were in their 70s and dumped off in Siberia to fend for themselves, where they died in unmarked graves. They shot and killed my aunt, my father’s sister, for no reason in the St. Petersburg area.

If this lack of decision making in Washington, D.C., and the rest of the world continues, my ancestral country of Estonia and all the rest of the smaller countries in eastern Europe, will be next in Vladimir Putin’s plan.

I hope everyone read George Will’s article on March 23.

Arne A. Magi

Johnstown

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