- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)22
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)6
Emerson's reasonable approach
An interview with congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson appeared in the paper Sept. 3. First, it should be noted that Representative Emerson is a Republican. That puts in dramatic relief the fact that she discusses health care reform in a clear, objective, reasonable manner.
It is useful to compare her comments to those of former state representative Patrick Naeger, which appeared on the Opinion page the day before. In his piece he says some reforms are needed but never mentions a single thing that can be improved. Instead, he uses words like "immoral" when discussing the idea that we might improve health care.
Congresswoman Emerson, on the other hand, lists nine specific proposals to change our existing system to make it better. Nine! Each of which makes sense. Some of which are controversial but for which a strong argument can be made. For example, she wants the government to be able to negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies. You won't catch the Naegers of the world embracing such an idea.
My point is that congresswoman Emerson is someone with whom a reasonable discussion of differences can be had. I disagree with her on some points on health care reform. I very seriously disagree with her on cap-and-trade, which is also mentioned in the article. But she is one of the vanishingly small number of Republicans in Washington with whom one can discuss policy differences in a reasonable manner.
She should have the appreciation of all fair-minded people.
JOHN L. COOK, Cape Girardeau