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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 3:19 pm

To the Editor:

Many, many, letters from Chris Rose have appeared with the singular focus on abortion. I hope Chris can help with the bigger picture, take the long view, and help in the struggle to end the United States’ use and sponsorship of all forms of torture, provide all Americans single payer national health care, and put an end to the endless wars that are killing our troops, innocent men, women, and children around the world.

There might be fewer abortions if parents-to-be could imagine a better world, a world with health care for all, peace, and a ban on torture.

Torture, slavery and genocide are the big three practices the modern world has universally condemned as acts that should never occur.

The use of torture in our name under George Bush is creeping into our national consciousness as being acceptable. To be the torturer or tortured is an abomination and must be stopped!

Our government finds “enhanced interrogation” water boarding (known as a torture technique throughout the world for centuries) compatible with United States law.

Health care for all Americans.

How dare our elected representatives allow corporations and “conservative” Republicans and “liberal” Democrats deny our children, adults, veterans and elderly what is available in every modern industrialized country in the world. Veterans would be able to get most of their care locally without having to risk driving to Syracuse or other far off places to receive treatments they need.

Children could get preventive (inexpensive) care, immunizations and other medical services before a crisis (expensive) occurs.

More than half of the 1.5 million bankruptcies and 1.25 million foreclosures each year are medical-related (often people with medical insurance) and cause hunger/homelessness/suffering for large numbers of families with children.

Let us stop insane medical-related bankruptcies and foreclosures with a single payer nationalized system. This may not be perfect, but we can no longer tolerate this injustice of your next medical experience causing homelessness or worse.

In addition we need Chris to help end the wars that our corporate controlled government starts again and again.

Unfinanced wars harm all families through higher government borrowing, which leads to more insolvent households, increased hunger, and homelessness.

Chris, let’s expand the abortion issue to include the sacredness and stability of all Families, Life and Creation.

Rich Paul , Potsdam