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PG&E fault: Letters to the editor, Dec. 2, 2018

In this Nov. 13 photo, search-and-rescue workers look for human remains at a trailer park burned out from the Camp Fire in Paradise. The death toll has been revised downward, from 88 to 85.
In this Nov. 13 photo, search-and-rescue workers look for human remains at a trailer park burned out from the Camp Fire in Paradise. The death toll has been revised downward, from 88 to 85. AP file

Paradise fire looks like PG&E’s fault

As I follow the tragedy of the town of Paradise, I realize that the culprit has already been identified — by their own actions. Did I or did I not read on more than one occasion that PG&E had telephoned several residents in a particular area that there was a “downed power line” close to their homes and it was “sparking.”

That warning of what was to come is not culpability but outright responsibility. Paradise now needs FEMA? No — Paradise needs PG&E to step up to the plate and do what is right. They tipped their hand and showed their cards long before it became the annihilation and decimation of homes, animals and human beings.

Must I, as a taxpayer and homeowner, pay the price for their negligence, inhumanity and, no doubt, denial? No. Too late. PG&E cannot pawn this outrage off on anyone but themselves.

Linda Marie, Clovis

Competition key to health care

The “devil’s triangle”, e.g. Democrats, academia and media, ran on Medicaid-for-all or single payer. Neither solves medical cost problems. Obamacare’s 5th year produces doubled individual insurance premiums; family premiums up an average 140 percent. California’s similar plan estimated at $400 billion with no government cost distortion eliminated.

The “Triangle” replicates VA/U.K. medical system (NHS) where 42 million pay $160 billion for long waits, tons of rules and limited/distant facilities. The VA system is constantly under pressure to improve. Why? Citizens have grocery and car shopping choice; medical treatment not so much (distortion No. 1). Tons of government regulations are issued from bureaucracy or insurance exclusively deciding process and price (distortion No. 2.).

What is missing? Competition.

1930’s 3.5 percent of GDP for health care grew by 2018 to 17 percent. The triangle talks transparency, improved health care — without specifics. Some simple starter solutions: (1) Make prices known – comparison shopping is our best tool; and (2) reform malpractice insurance so the loser pays both sides’ expenses. Next eject the “devils triangle” of intrusive government distortions benefiting insurance lobbyists, politicians and unfulfilled political promises. Competition, not control, reduces medical cost. Either get competitive — or get out. That’s the American way.

Gary Smith, Lemoore

Watching the Dems good theater

It’s been simply amazing listening to the newly elected Demos talk about replacing Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House. One should appreciate their enthusiasm in running and changing the political landscape in a mandate fashion. This has truly been an historical moment for them and our nation. But needless to say, their determination to be heard, as should be the case, has overstepped any rational political argument in dividing the Demo agenda with such a silly and amateur public debate. In a sense, doing something the pachyderms never do, and that is, showcase the dirty laundry and show publicly weakness within to the opposition.

Only the Demos do this sort of knee-jerk power grabbing by certain wannabees of self-appointed, unqualified, and entitlement-acting actors because of popular culture political correctness. Their message of “change” cannot be a change for change itself, but realistic change that could be had; that is, working the machine of politics, and that’s what they have to learn first.

Jess Sanchez Barroso, Fresno

Informing readers of trans people’s needs

During internationally recognized Transgender Awareness Week each November, the transgender community makes a special effort to educate the larger community about their presence, the challenges they face, and their successes. Far too often the transgender community has experienced prejudice, discrimination and violence. Despite these challenges, transgender organizations courageously speak up, and in doing so are slowly eroding prejudice and are gaining acceptance of their unique needs.

Thank you to The Fresno Bee and Mackenzie Mays for the Nov. 18 article “This or suicide’: Lacking local options, trans people travel hours for surgery” about transgender health care in the Valley. Putting a face on the need for such care, the article gives Jess Fitzpatrick an opportunity to tell the story of his ordeal with the hormone injections and decision to include surgery as a part of his journey of toward emotional health. I appreciate Jess and his husband Jordan’s willingness to share their stories with the public; it’s a courageous act.

My hope is that all who read the story learn from it and consider how they can be supportive of people Jess refers to as part of “the tiniest of minorities, and the ones with least representation and power.”

Camille Russell, Fresno

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