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Letters on Kellogg hero, barbaric act, U.S. health care, Fox News

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A hero who walks among us

I would like to thank The Eagle for the excellent coverage of the man who risked his own property and life while saving the life of a passerby (Nov. 8 Eagle). I am referring to Myles Bible and how he used his own vehicle to stop a moving SUV whose driver had passed out from a medical issue. He likely not only saved the ill driver’s life but also the lives of many others who might have been injured or killed by the incapacitated driver.

I hope the city of Wichita will find a way to publicly honor this man for his bravery and instant reaction in helping save another human. We need more citizens like Bible. It would be wonderful if one of our wealthier citizens would step forward with a monetary reward for Bible. I’m sure he would say it is not necessary, but I say it would be the right thing to do.

In the meantime, thank you to a hero who walks among us every day.



Good Samaritan

My next-door neighbor of 22 years, Myles Bible, performed a heroic act last week (Nov. 8 Eagle). He was the good Samaritan driver who stopped a stranger’s vehicle with his own truck on East Kellogg.

Bible doesn’t believe himself to be a hero, insisting it was the nurse who administered CPR who saved the man’s life. Yes, it was great that she was there. However, there may have been nobody to save had Bible not gotten the man’s SUV stopped. I firmly believe the situation could have turned out much more tragically if not for his actions and quick thinking.

It does not surprise me that he is humble about what he did, as that is how he is.

He has done so many things for my dad and me and for other neighbors over the years, and has never asked for nor wanted anything in return. It is just the kind of person he is.



Barbaric act

My entire being aches to know: How could some in Pakistan justify the barbaric act committed last week of burning alive a beautiful Christian woman and her handsome husband to satisfy their misguided need for justice?

This from the very people who claim to be the followers of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) – the one who would not even curse the people of the town who bloodied him to near death, who actually went to wish well a woman who threw trash at him every day as he walked by her house.

I am truly ashamed to be of Pakistani origin today. I have known Christians there whose family members have been shot, hanged and burned alive, all because of someone with a hidden agenda (which might include property disputes and/or monetary gains) starting rumors of blasphemy.

I have a message for those so-called Muslims: Allah does not love you. You are the worst enemy of the prophet and his religion. You will burn in hell.



Best health care?

I don’t get it. Why has the Affordable Care Act been demonized to get Republican votes? The following are facts, not opinion, from 2011 World Health Statistics:

▪  Medical bills are the No. 1 cause of U.S. bankruptcies, more than credit-card bills or unpaid mortgages. Often health insurance doesn’t save consumers from financial hardship.

▪  The United States had the highest per capita health care costs of any country, at $8,508 in 2011. The cost in the country that came in second was almost $3,000 less.

▪  The United States stands almost alone among developed countries that lack universal health care. Canada and almost all of Europe have universal health care.

▪  Globally, the U.S. health care system ranks 37th. Some countries that have higher-rated systems and universal health care are Canada, England, Sweden, Germany, Austria and Norway.

▪  The United States ranks 34th among nations in life expectancy.

▪  Infant mortality is higher in the United States than in 33 other countries.

I’ve heard politicians say that we have the best health care in the world, and that we want to keep it the way it is. Do we?



Closer to center

The old adage that “figures don’t lie but liars figure” was never displayed so well as in a recent Leonard Pitts commentary (“Americans prefer untrustworthy news,” Nov. 3 Opinion).

An unbiased analysis of the 2012 election coverage showed that MSNBC was on the left, CNN was in the middle and Fox News was on the right. No big surprise. However, when the line for balanced coverage was drawn, Fox was closer than CNN. In other words, CNN was further to the left than Fox was to the right. Further analysis shows that Democrats favor far left-wing news and Republicans are much closer to the center.

By quoting a left-leaning source and leaving out MSNBC completely, Pitts strained to bring about an erroneous conclusion. Why can’t Pitts handle the truth?



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