Letters: Fighting the Klan in Coal Country

In this letter, NB makes note of the history of Klan activity and resistance against the KKK in Western Pennsylvania's coal fields.  The letter goes on further, making note of the KKK being a tool of the capitalists that needs to be fought.

Letters: “Election Madness”

In this letter, Nick B. makes note of an article he read by Howard Zinn.  The author of the letter goes further, making a critique of Zinn's article and briefly putting forth a socialist position.

Argenpress interviews Alan Woods on Latin America

Alan Woods in an interview with Argenpress, referring to the situation in Venezuela, explains that those who argue that we must wait for a better moment are wrong. Time is not on our side but on the side of the counterrevolution. It is not too soon, but very, very late. The December referendum was a warning that the masses are getting tired of endless delays, of endless parades and demonstrations, referendums and election campaigns. They demand action and they demand it now!

Letter: Nationalized Health Care

In this letter, JL describes the free healthcare he has been getting in the military, pointing out that the military can do well in providing free healthcare in spite of its poor and bureaucratic management.  He then goes on to explain how large sums of money are wasted through insurance companies.

In short, if the military can provide free healthcare, there is no reason why the US government cannot. 

Letter: Blue Cross of Rhode Island Turns to Subscribers To Pay Its Corruption Fine

Blue Cross Blue ShieldBitter denunciations of monopolistic greed poured from the podium at a public hearing in Providence on January 17th. Subscribers in the “direct pay” class of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island hoped these words would block a rate-increase request filed with the state Health Insurance Commissioner in November, 2007. If the commissioner approves the request, as many fear he will, subscribers will face an average rate increase of 12.7 percent in their monthly premiums.

Rhode Islanders traveled on one of the coldest nights of the winter to attend the hearing in downtown Providence.  Following opening arguments from the Blue Cross attorney and then the assistant state Attorney General, a Blue Cross subscriber and attorney by profession was the first to speak. Testifying on the excessive costs of health care for himself and his family, as well as the rising cost of food, gasoline, and heating oil, the speaker demonstrated the hardship he and his family would suffer if rates were to increase. The men and women who followed him testified to the same troubles, and in words of desperation, disgust, and outrage, implored the commission to deny the rate increase.