Tahlequah Daily Press

Letters to editor

June 29, 2011

In support of logic

TAHLEQUAH — Editor: Daily Press

I would like to contrast two articles that appeared Friday, June 24, in the Daily Press.

The first, “’Quality of life’ killing us,” was the voice of logical moderation. It dealt with the health crisis in this country and began by citing statistics on the declining U.S. life expectancy compared to Canada and Japan, and particularly in Oklahoma, where “our obesity rates, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyles and fast food consumption are making us sicker and sicker.” It noted that the U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation, but with noticeably less effective results than many western nations.

The editorial rightly placed the greatest blame for this crisis on the individual – our unhealthy “quality of life.” But it also wisely noted that government can do something too by helping those on food stamps. The government should give food stamp recipients healthy foods rather than junk foods, soda pop, and candy.

It concluded by making three recommendations which make eminent sense to me: Each individual should work for reform of our health care system so that results justify costs; make a personal commitment to a healthier life style; and encourage the government to help by modifying the food stamp program.

Right next to this article was one titled “American productivity is the life force of our economy.” It cited President Obama’s recent interview on “Today,” and was quite fair in quoting directly Obama’s comments on job growth. But then an economist’s interpretation of Obama’s comments followed. This was followed by the writer’s interpretation of the economist’s comments. It then launched into a repudiation of a so-called great economic myth perpetrated “by labor unions, liberal economists, political demagogues, and the network news media.”

The facts offered for calling the statement that “America doesn’t make much of anything anymore,” a myth were rather convincing. The author rightly went on to praise American technological innovation, efficiency, and productivity.

But then Donald Lambro’s ideological bias led him to the illogical conclusion that any government participation in the problem of economic growth would be “scary” and government should “get out of the way.” This seems absurd in light of the recent economic recession that many economists think was caused at least in part by lack of government participation in free market capitalism.

I prefer logical moderate thinking to illogical extreme bias.

Bob McQuitty


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