I would like to answer the letter by Dick Bower, and debate Socialist Obamacare vs. the semi-Socialist healthcare system we have. I know our present system needs to be changed, but it's the socialist end of Medicare and Medicaid that needs to be addressed before IT implodes, I feel.

According to his letter, Dick seems to believe the promises of Obamacare, when he says that all the problems we are experiencing with Obamacare before the rubber even meets the road, will be "mitigated" once we drop the reins and give this jackass its head. Would he please define the word "mitigated": as to how it will change what we have now, for the better, cheaper, more transparent program the whiz kids came out of the back room, to save us with?

I think when they get through trying to fix the affordable healthcare act, i.e. Obamacare (a septic tank by any other name is still a septic tank), they will grow old, looking like they've been trying to sort a room full of bobcats. Don't think it will be over, if they don't get the young to fall for the pitch, until you find out what Dick has to say about "Plan B."

And speaking of growing old, have we checked the latest version of Obamacare? If you are looking for the old term "death panel" to "mitigate" i.e. cheapen the cost by throwing us senior citizens under the bus, and you can't find that term in the new version, not to worry! Like that popular spaghetti sauce, it's in there, baby! It's in there!

LAWRENCE HARRINGTON

Bennington

Vermont's most dangerous bill

I was just scanning the current bills in Montpelier and found, what I think, to be the most dangerous bill ever proposed in Vermont.

Article 16 of Vermont's Constitution, guarantees the people of Vermont the Right (not privilege) of defending themselves and others.

Since 1791, Vermont has had a cherished Right most other citizens of this nation never had. We call it "Constitutional Carry." Other states call it "Vermont Carry."

This means Vermonters can legally carry a weapon (including a firearm or knife) in their travels through the state on their daily business.

Criminals have known about this for two centuries.

This is one of the reasons Vermont is such a nice, peaceful, tranquil state.

To quote author Robert Heinlein, "An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." To this end, thousands of Vermonters routinely carry on a daily basis.

Criminals know a large percentage of the Vermont population is neither scared, nor defenseless, but, which percentage? They are not about to test the waters.

Life is good in Vermont, unless this bill passes.

It appears Senator Don Collins thinks that ought to change. S.178 proposes to gut the ability for parents to keep themselves and their children safe. Every day parents drop their children off, or pick them up, from school, the same parents who, as mentioned above, exercise their Constitutional Right to protect themselves and loved ones.

S.178 will make law-abiding citizens immediate felons, complete with jail sentences, fines, confiscation of ALL their firearms, and the loss of that same Constitutional Right, by simply dropping off their kid at school. As a side effect, this bill will prevent Vermonters from even leaving their homes while armed.

I'd hate to imagine what will happen when the mentally ill, who desire to make themselves into the next main stream media rockstar "school shooter," are offered no deterrent? NO ONE will be there to stop them, and they will KNOW that, as law-abiding citizens are, exactly that, law-abiding.

Vermont law states that for there to be a crime, there has to be "intent."

The intent is very clear, to undermine the Second Amendment in Vermont, any way possible, and to create a new air of "fear" that this state has never had to endure.

I urge Sen. Collins to rethink his proposal, and withdraw his bill for the good of all Vermonters.

BOB DEPINO

Westminster West