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Thank you so much for carrying Mike Clark's very informed article (“Druggist for Public Option,” Oct. 22). I certainly agree with him and will be sending copies to both of our senators and Vic Snyder, my congressman. I am praying daily that “the Congress” wakes up and realizes that this is something we really need. I am one of those that cannot go to the doctor. What do you do when you are really sick? How many other Americans are in this same boat? We need good, reasonable health care for each and every American, rich and poor.

Sharon Roberts

Little Rock

Free choice and faith

We realize that we are living in very difficult economic times. In the midst of these times, the community of faith must stand with workers in their struggle to provide for their families. All major religions recognize the dignity of the worker and the sanctity of labor. Yet, in the wealthiest country on earth, working Americans are facing difficult choices. They are forced to choose between paying for groceries and medicine, the mortgage and the college tuition bill. This must change.

Throughout the history of our country, the best way to move a family into the middle class was through forming unions at the workplace.  It is the quickest way to eliminate poverty.  It is important that we support the Employee Free Choice Act. It provides an opportunity for our country to take an important, concrete step toward fulfilling the dream of a just society.

The Employee Free Choice Act provides a protected and fair way for workers to come together and form a union at their workplaces. The act would provide much-needed balance to the system and put the choice on whether to form unions to improve their lives back in the workers' hands.

Unions have made the middle class in the United States. This is what has made our country the economic powerhouse it has been. They are also a crucial part of the broad movement to put the pursuit of justice ahead of the pursuit of profit and power. It is for this reason that people of faith should support the Employee Free Choice Act.

Stephen Copley

North Little Rock

Cap and trade

I was so happy to see that the energy and climate bill has moved out of committee and is headed for the full Senate. This legislation will help move our great country away from foreign oil imports that cost a billion dollars a day, it will protect our children from pollution, and it will create millions of jobs in clean energy, a field in which Arkansas is well-equipped to excel. A well-thought out cap and trade system will reward innovation, efficiency and early action, and can provide environmental accountability without obstructing economic growth. Please, Senators Lincoln and Pryor, vote for this important legislation.

Marissa Holman

Clarksville

 

I read that a new energy pellet plant in Camden is estimated to create over 500 new jobs — jobs in an area that desperately needs them. With family from the Camden area, I know that the community is absolutely blessed to be receiving the plant. Demand for the pellets is due to their use as fuel in countries that have agreed to limit carbon emissions. If the United States adopts a cap-and-trade policy, wood pellet and other alternative energy source companies who make them, like this new Phoenix Energy plant, would benefit for years to come. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil and dealing with climate change are critical issues facing our country. I hope that Senators Lincoln and Pryor will take the important step toward addressing these critical issues and vote for the American Clean Energy and Security act, which includes a policy on cap-and-trade, when it comes to the Senate.

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