Those who wish to privatize Medicare have a short memory. We tried that with PPO’s and HMO’s, but they increased the cost of Medicare by 17 percent. That 17 percent savings with the elimination of Medicare Advantage Plans is what is paying for most of the health insurance for the 40 million Americans that have no medical insurance. That money is obligated and cannot be used for any other programs.
If we seniors want to keep our Medicare and Medicaid life-extending benefits, we must start paying for this great insurance.
Dennis Tilly, Weatherford
Well here we go again, it is time to take a Holy Day and turn in into to a holiday or, more precisely, a sales event.
All the stores in the country will be having Easter sales. It will be time to go out and buy that new dress or suit for Easter. Stores like Walmart and Target will convert a whole aisle to the sale of Easter candy. Easter baskets full of eggs and chocolate bunnies will fly off the shelves faster than you can say hippity hop. Easter egg hunts will occur all over the country, except at the White House, where the budget cuts simply will not allow such a costly event to happen.
There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding what Easter is all about. Most people understand that Easter Sunday has something to do with the resurrection of Jesus, but are confused as to how the resurrection is related to Easter eggs and the Easter bunny.
Biblically speaking there is absolutely no connection between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the common modern traditions related to the secular celebration Easter Sunday. Essentially, what occurred is that in order to make Christianity more attractive to non-Christians, the ancient Roman Catholic Church mixed the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection with celebrations that involved spring fertility rituals. These rituals are the source of the egg and bunny traditions we see today.