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5/5/2014 5:59:00 AM
Letter: Priorities: Veterans or illegals?

Two Associated Press (AP) articles, side by side, in the Kingman Daily Miner (May 1) present some type of contradiction. The first article reported the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs Phoenix Veteran's Health Care Center has recently been the target of accusations of incompetence, malpractice and worse. The allegations are that more than 40 patients died awaiting appointments, that there are months-long delays in care or treatment of patients, that there is a 'secret' list of patients waiting for appointments and more. One of their own doctors, Dr. Samuel Foote, who worked for 20 years at the Phoenix Veteran's Administration, brought some of these allegations. Veterans Administration Health Care Centers in several states besides Arizona are included in these charges.

The second article was about "migrants" (AP description) crossing from Mexico into the southern Arizona desert facing unknown perils - "Thorn-coated bushes, rock-covered terrain, scorching temperatures" as the AP put it. To lessen the danger of their perishing on this perilous journey and allow migrants to seek help in case they find themselves in a crisis, the U.S. Border Patrol plans to install 10 (more?) emergency aid beacons along the more frequently traveled routes. The emergency response time is reported as being from 10 minutes to one hour.

The federal government appears to consider providing aid to "migrants" much more important than making a simple doctor's appointment at the VA clinic.

D.B. Mitchell

Valle Vista




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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Article comment by: doug heard

“Too bad one of the requirements for being President of the United States isn't having had to serve your country…”

As an enlisted man not an officer.

BTW since 1968 I haven't voted for a single R or D for President, they are all crooks.


Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Incidentally Bob Moore, it is murder before they are born and after they are born.”

Nope, it sure isn’t and your making such a claim will never make it true.

And I am still waiting for you to explain how a woman making a personal and private decision to undergo a legal medical procedure directly impacts your life? Why won’t you answer that simple question?

As always, don’t like abortion, don’t have one. In all other cases mind your own business.

“I know Holdren believes in aborting children up to two months after they are born because HE SAID SO WITH HIS OWN WRITINGS.”

Where? I have asked you before, where can this be found? Each time you run from the question. Again – WHERE CAN THIS BE FOUND?

“Reading in my Bible last night, I was struck by a verse where God took the blinders off some people so they finally could see.”

Hmm, didn’t work I see.


Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Speaking of filibusters, sequesters and name one.

We learned yesterday that the sequester that Pelosi, Reid and others said would cost over a million jobs, blah blah blah actually cost ONE JOB.

The funniest line of the day was Charles Krauthammer who said he would like to say to Harry Reid, name me one job.

And then Reid could name the one job that disappeared due to the sequester. Hahahaha!

Reading in my Bible last night, I was struck by a verse where God took the blinders off some people so they finally could see.

We can only pray that liberals one day will have their own blinders taken off so they will be able to comprehend we are losing our country and the blame lies squarely on the backs of obama and friends.

And he is still a liar and we still don't know where he really came from and I know Holdren believes in aborting children up to two months after they are born because HE SAID SO WITH HIS OWN WRITINGS. Incidentally Bob Moore, it is murder before they are born and after they are born.


Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

@UNC

“Who is this ‘criminal’ Obama?”

Who said Obama was a criminal? I was of course referring to the only convicted criminal in the history of our nation to be appointed to the White House and we must never forget his cohort The Dark Lord.

“Intelligent people and good leaders know how how to compromise.”

Yes, they do – example Obama compromising with the GOP’ers on health care and the GOP’ers immediately turning around and criticizing the very compromises they demanded. And of course there is the GOP’er brigade who followed Sammy the Turtle McConnell when he said they would never back, support or compromise with Obama on anything – ever.



@FU

“Too bad one of the requirements for being President of the United States isn't having had to serve your country…”

So I gather you did not vote for Willard the Money Hider, nor will you support Canada (aka Rafael) Ted, Chris (Bridge, what Bridge) Christie, Marco (My Mom was An Illegal Alien) Rubio, Bobby (aka Piyush) Jindal, Lil Ayn Ryan, Rand (Not My real Name) Paul, Jeb (Ignore my Brother) Bush or just about anyone else the GOP’ers plan to run. Kinda limits your choices, doesn’t it?


Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"5+ years of their non-stop filibusters"

If you believe there have been actual filibusters that have gone on for the past 5+ years, name one.
And be sure to let us know what they used the procedure of a filibuster to block for "5+ years". And as you like to demand of others.......Be specific. lol. You do know that a filibuster is a actual parlimentary procedure, right?

Since you will not be able to do that, we can regard this as just more of your usual hyperbolic nonsense.

Nothing new or unusual for you.

LOL


Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Article comment by: DOLLAR BILL

You don't have to be so "fed up", fed up.

The big boys are all in this together. Check out Cheney's war record!!


Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Another Thought

"If the GOP'ers had not cut funding for the VA the veterans would have better access and more doctors and staff available."

Oddly that sounds familiar! Let's see, oh yeah!

"Had funding been approved for our security forces at our facilities overseas, then Benghazi may not have happened."

Yep, knew I saw it somewhere but the GOP don't want to talk about that!


Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Fed up

Too bad one of the requirements for being President of the United States isn't having had to serve your country, and I don't mean "serving" as in flipping burgers to get through law school. Not that our current leader even put that much effort into conning himself up through the ranks. How does a political activist, aka human right advocate, deserve the right to lead a country full of people who have defended our rights to freedom when he didn't do the same? As for being born in the US, that's another story.

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Uncle Anson

Where do you get these facts? Every piece of legislation blocked by filibuster? Who is this "criminal" Obama? 5 plus years of Democratic action should be enough to get the cart back on the road....if it was ever off the road.Looks more and more like it was "de roaded" so to speak and not allowed back on after 5 years.Talk about spins!! Intelligent people and good leaders know how how to compromise. Says a lot for the Demos and the Repubs now doesn't it?

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

@JUSTA

Nice list – however it has nothing to do with the actions of the GOP’ers in blocking every single piece of legislation over the past five+ years with their non-stop filibusters. Those actions prevent bills from being voted on – thereby shutting them down – thereby reducing additional funding for the VA. And of course had The Criminal not involved us in two unfunded wars (well, unfunded until Obama included them in the budget) we would not have the massive numbers of new veterans to care for. This is the usual GOP’er practice – send someone else to war and when they return, ignore them.

Nice spin, though, too bad it was just spin, as usual.


Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Justa Citizen

We have had a Democrat president for 5 and a half years.
We have had a Democrat controlled Senate for 5 and a half years.
We had a Democrat controlled House for first 2 years of said presidents "reign", which effectively gave Democrats full control of the government for 2 years.
And it's all the Republican's fault!
Got it!

Wonder why these Democrat Mensa candidates couldn't figure out a way to help the Veterans in all that time when it sure looks like they figured out a way to help the "migrants", illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, undocumented whatevers, criminal trespassers or whatever you want to call people who decided to avoid the rules and just walk over here since nobody in authority in Washington seems to care.



Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: KO TAY

There was no funding cuts to the VA. It was fully funded. The cuts hit the Veterans themselves. That was because of the sequester. Always gotta try to blame Republicans. Info came from Washington Post.

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: justanobody sr

that would be at the directive of the current resident of the white house.
it's obvious he does NOT care about US troops!
and illegals are voters in his eyes.


Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"The federal government appears to consider providing aid to 'migrants' much more important than making a simple doctor's appointment at the VA clinic."

If the GOP'ers had not cut funding for the VA the veterans would have better access and more doctors and staff available.




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