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senior-citizen-nursing-home.jpgMANHATTAN, Kan. - On March 23, 2010, after a year of partisan fighting, President Obama signed into law a bill that reform the nation's $2.5 trillion health-care system. Known as the H.R.3590 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this legislation will expand health care coverage to 31 million uninsured Americans through a combination of cost controls, subsidies and mandates. The cost of this reform is estimated to run close to $848 billion over a 10 year period. The cost is to be fully offset by new taxes and revenues and would actually reduce the deficit by $131 billion over the same period.

One thing for sure is that an abundance of disinformation about this legislation is streaming out of the Right's propaganda machine. In an effort to provide the public with tools to separate fact from fiction about H.R. 3590, the Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice (MAPJ) will host an informational Health Care Forum on Monday, 26 July, from 5:30-7:00pm at the Manhattan Public Library Auditorium.

Safe, Legal and... Rare?

WICHITA, Kan. - I don't know who first used this phrase in relationship to abortion, but I do remember the first person I heard say it. It was Bill Clinton who, in 1992, said he wanted to make abortion "safe, legal, and rare." He even went so far as to call abortion a "tragedy." (How he would know this is a mystery, having never experienced the procedure himself. He should visit the web site I'm Not Sorry.com to find out how real women feel about this issue.) Since then many nominal pro-choice, mainly male, mainly Democratic candidates for public office, including Pres. Obama, have use this mantra to deal with the scary issue of women's reproductive rights.

WICHITA, Kan. - A new ruling by the Supreme Court states the right to bear arms is a fundamental right. Really? Why just a gun? Should we then have the right to bear a sword? An Uzi? A taser? Why not?

According to various philosophers and political leaders we have certain natural rights. Thomas Jefferson famously referred to these rights as "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." When it comes to liberty we especially value freedom of speech and conscience since we are born with the capacity to develop reasoning skills and communicate.

Thus we consider it our right to have the freedom to say, think, and write what we believe as long as it does not pose an immediate threat to public safety. To deny or suppress the innate right to reason and communicate would violate our very nature as humans. Right?

But do we really have "natural rights" or are those rights just ideas we have determined in our minds as something we desire?

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