Thursday, August 16, 2007
Cafferty: Seniors heading South?

What does it say about the U.S. that seniors are going to Mexico for affordable nursing home care?
Jack, It says that people need to wake up and realize that a capitalist medical system is NOT the way to take care of people. I don't care if you raise my taxes 20 percent up from what it normally is to fund a socialized medical program, we need to stop caring about profits and put the well-being of people first. It's immoral, even by religious standards, to make people suffer because they can't pay medical bills. -Clayton, Gresham, Oregon

I have seen floods of U.S. citizens crossing into Mexico to purchase cheaper drugs.You can see people on oxygen, in wheelchairs, on crutches, etc. Now theyare fleeing to nursing homes in Mexico. Our leaders need to stand on the borderto see what we are reduced to doing. I don't think they have the guts! -C., Surprise, Arizona

Most cultures revere senior citizens, Jack. Just not us. -Patricia, Palmdale, Calif.

What should be done to reverse the Army's highest suicide rate in 26 years?

Hey Jack, Maybe if we didn't send troops into a no-win situation over and over again without relief, they wouldn't feel the need to off themselves. Heat, stress, low pay, and several tours in a war zone might be enough to make break the strongest man down. Talk about a quagmire.
-Kaz, Atlanta, Georgia

Simple. End the war in Iraq. Let the oil companies fight their own wars; after all, they plan to keep all the profits, so they should pay the cost, both in terms of dollars and lives. -Steve, Reno, Nevada

Jack, The solution is twofold. First, bring the troops home, and then properly fund the VA to deal with the level of PTSD in returning soldiers. -Ralph

How do we decrease the military's suicide rate? Easy. Remove the cause of increased suicides. How? Get the hell out of Iraq. It's just that simple. -Mike, Richmond, Virginia

A Dutch Catholic bishop says people of all faiths should call God "Allah" to ease tensions with Muslims. How much sense does that make?

I'm guessing the Dutchman has been inhaling too much incense and sipping too much communal wine. Perhaps with a little more thought, he could have come up with the idea that Muslims use the term "God" to ease tensions. What will ease tensions is when Muslims really follow the Koran and love their fellow men and women and sit down and negotiate with one another and other nations in the name of peace. Amen! -Anne, Seattle, Washington

As a Jew, I could call God "Allah" till I'm blue in the face and I don't think that will change radical Islam's view that all Jews and Christians are pigs. -Robin

Jack, it makes sense. If it would ease tensions, what do we have to lose? The end of all of us. It is only a word. There are many words that mean God. Everyone needs to shift their perceptions and figure out their priorities for themselves and the children that will come into the world. If some people don't like it, that is OK. If some are willing to give it a try, I say wonderful. Words are powerful. They can wound or heal and can always make a difference. -Debbie, Anaheim, California

Sure, Jack, and while we’re playing the appeasement game, how about all Western women don burkas, all Western nations roll back civil and women’s rights several hundred years, and we forbid the education of girls? Jeesh! No wonder the Catholic Church has declining membership!
-Carla, Canada

Hi Jack. I was born in Holland, now living in Canada and loving it. They are nuts! -Marian, Burlington, Ontario
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 8/16/2007 05:40:00 PM ET | Permalink
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