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JOURNAL] EDITORIAL ‘ ’Who’s to blame for Gasey I Anthony going free 8’! Mil STEVENS I MANAGING EDITOR The whole world seems to be en- thralled with the Casey Anthony verdict of not guilty. I’m not sure there is a word strong enough to really grasp what people felt when jurors handed down the verdict. Of course, shock, surprise, disgust, among others come to mind. The question is whom are we dis- gusted by? The jurors, the defense, the prosecution? Maybe all three. It’s clear that the prosecution didn’t . prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, otherwise the jury wouldn’t have been able to come to such a conclusion in under 12 hours. However, the ques- tion lingers that if a grand jury voted to indict without having the body of little Caylee then why couldn’t the trial jury find her mother guilty with a body? Of course I wasn’t in the courtroom during the trial and didn’t get to see and hear everything that the jurors did but I do wonder what more they were looking for. They did hand down four separate guilty verdicts for Anthony’s lying to investigators so why didn't they think that the defense’s arguments, which they supposedly got from Anthony herself, were at all truthful? I guess we’ll never know. That brings us to the defense. I have to admit that Baez was quite eloquent in his portrayal of what happened. He was likable and down to earth as he spoke to the jury and interviewed witnesses. My concern is that he truly believes ‘ Published by the Lake Stevens Journal, Inc. j Copyright 201 i. Editorial Policy , The editorial philosophy of the Lake Ste- vens journal is to provide informative and entertaining stories about the people, qvents and issues of our community. ‘ The Journal reserves the right to edit all submitted‘moterial, whether news or edito- rial, for content, grammar, taste, style or lengthto bestservethe paper andthecoin- . rnunily. Submitted items are oi the Journafs discretion and reflect solely the I I opinion of the author and are not necessar- ily the opinion of the Journal or its staff. letters to the editor are Welcomed and must be less than 300 words. Include a ‘ signature, address and daytime phone number for verification. Published letters will include the letterwriter’s name and city of residence. Anonymous letters and letters to third parties are not accepted . No advertisements, columns, letters to the editor or other information will be published I that contain discrimination based on sex, color, creed, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual preference; or which are simply in bad taste. Member oftho Washington . Newspaper Publishers Association. 5 See page 3 for letters Your hometown newspaper since 1960 CaseyAnthony's facts of what happened to Caylee; that Casey was molested by her father and that her father, a retired cop, actually helped Casey dispose of the body and cover-up a drowning. It all seems extremely far-fetched. As someone sitting on this side of the screen, computer and television, it's really easy for me to be judge and jury. I am grateful that I didn't have to make those calls myself. I think the person we should be most disgusted with is Casey Anthony her— self. It seems that she literally got away with murder and although her lying got her four years in jail, she was. already sitting there and so it didn't really affect her once the trial was over. I hope that she will not be able to make money off this whole ordeal. News magazines need to stop showing Caylee’s photo so no royalties have to be paid and if she writes a book, my hope is that no, one buys it. It would be shameless to make a movie about Caylee's death, only be- cause of the money that will be placed in Casey’s hands. All of us who grieve for this lost child and for the fact that no one is paying for her tragic death need to remember that by literally ‘buying’ into all of the hype we are only creating a way for Casey to gain monetarily from this crime, wheth- er it be the first degree murder she was acquitted of or the disposing of Caylee’s body after she allegedly drowned. , The peace comes from knowing that there really is justice in the world, whether it is here on earth or after we leave it. Contact Us The Lake Stevens journal PO Box 896 0 IQOQ Main Street Lake Stevens, WA 98258 425-334—9252 Fax 4125-3349239 www. lakestevensjournal . Com President and Publisher Desiree Cahoon (Co-Publisher Pam Stevens News: Deadline Thursday at pm. email newsGlakes ournalcom Mapping Editor Pam WNW: Lawrence Deadline Thursday at pm email odsQlokestevensjoumalcom Art Director/Graphics Shane Kantzor Graphic Designer Kolcoy Hatch Classifieds: Deadline Monday at IO am. Call 425-334-9252 or email clossilieds© Classifieds/ Calendar Michelle Templeton Office Manager/Accounting Leah Hughes-Anderson 3 . Distribution Manager/tarry Rott . Distributed every Wednesday via US Mail to the greater lake Stevens and Granite Falls communities, 7 Within Snohomish County: $47/year, $42/ senior citizens. Outside Snohomish County: 5 $60/yeor, $50/senior citizens, . Lake Stevens Journal July 13, 2011 GUESTI EDITORIAL Health Care is pivotal issue in D.C. budget battle BY ROGER STARK IHEAITH CARE POLICY ANALYST The Republicans in Congress re- cently released their ten-year budget proposal. The federal budget debate is essentially about how large govern- ment should be and how costly social welfare programs should be managed in the future. The Republicans would simplify the tax code and close tax lo'opholes. The president would like to raise taxes on the wealthy and ultimately on the middle class. Federal government spending the past two years has been at 25 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), which is well above the historic level of 18 percent since World War II. The Republican budget would drop spend-u ing back to below 20 percent of GDP, versus more than 23 percent of GDP far the president’s plan. A large part of the federal budget is - now consumed by Medicare and Med- icaid. The two political parties propose very different plans for the future of these troubled government-run health care programs. ' The president’s plan for both Medi- ' care and Medicaid is contained in the new federal health care reform law passed last year (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA). The Republican budget plan would repeal the new law. Medicaid began in 1965 as asafety— net health insurance plan for children of poor families. It is funded by both state and federal taxpayers in a 50/50 ratio, although it is heavily regulated by the federal government. Medicaid has grown into one of the largest budget items for each state and is projected to double in cost within the next ten years. Patient access to health care is limited because of low provider reimbursement and, except for isolated conditions like AIDS and HIV, health outcomes for Medicaid patients are no better than for people who have no insurance. The PPACA vastly expands Medicaid, I extending coverage to any adult in the country who earns less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). It is estimated that an additional 16 million people will be placed in this low- quality health plan. ' , The Republican budget addresses Medicaid with block grants. The fed- eral government would give each ADOPT A PET rms Noah Animal Adoption Center I state a fixed amount of money (no ' open-checkbook) and would relax the stranglehold of regulation and allow each state to design its own health care safety-net program. State governments would then have a fixed budget to work with and would have control over their own Medicaid programs. Medicare began in 1965 and is the country’s health insurance program for anyone 65 years old and older. By 1990 Medicare was seven times over budget and currently is growing each year by twice the cost-of—living (7' percent versus 3 percent per year). Democrats and Republicans agree Medicare is not I. financially sustainable in its present form. The PPACA addresses the Medicare problem in two ways. First, the law cuts over $500billion from the program over the next ten years. The vast majority of these cuts come from reduced provider payments. This will lead to access prob- lems, reduced quality and ultimately rationing of care for seniors. The second major Medicare change in the new law is the formation of a regulatory, government cdmmittee, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The IPAB will tell patients and doctors how much and what kind of health care patients can receive. The result will be further rationing of health care for seniors based on the recom- mendations of this committee. Board members will be appointed and will not have to answer to taxpayers, patients or voters. The Republican plan does not change Medicare for anyone currently in the program orfor' anyone who will enter the program in the next ten years. After ten years Medicare would transition to a defined contribution plan, rather than an open-ended defined benefit plan as it now exists. Each new enrollee would receive a taxpayer-funded premium support, or voucher, to purchase health insurance in an open market. 'Sicker and poorer individuals would receive a larger pre- mium support. Eligibility for Medicare would gradually increase from age 65 to 67 during the eleven year period from 2022 to 2033. The PPACA forces more government control, more regulations, higher taxes and less patient choice on the American ‘ public. The Republican budget gives more control of health care spending . and decisions to individual patients and their providers. Americans face two clear choices over the future of gov- ernment entitlements. Let the budget debate begin. - - " 360-629-7055 . 31300 Brandstrom Rd - Stanwood Hi, my name is Melody. i am a very sweet dog that would just love to be a part of your family. I've never had that chance before. My previous owners kept me chained In the yard and used me for breeding. ill need a little help adapting to living in a house but I'm sure I'll catch on quick. I'm very fond 9f agility training and I love to go on runs. I'm sorry to say thaat because I was kept chained up, I nevér really had a chance to be with and play with other dogs. I'll need your help in learning to‘socialize with dogs and cats. it would be GREAT if I was your only dog? 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