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My wife and I are both over 65 and retired. Last year we each paid $1,158 for Medicare Part B insurance; totaling $2,316 for both. In addition we have supplementary insurance that includes pharmaceuticals that cost $1,759.80 for both of us last year.

That is a total of $4,075.80 paid for health insurance last year. My view is that you have been influenced by Obama’s propaganda and are thinking that Medicare is welfare paid by wage earners. Medicaid is welfare! Please do not equate Medicare with Medicaid.

Here is a surprise for you. Liability insurance is not required in California! Financial responsibility is required. There are several ways to satisfy the financial responsibility requirement.

One way is liability insurance. Another way is to post a bond. Still another way is to put money on deposit with the state. California’s position is that if the state requires insurance, then the state must make insurance available from the state. That’s the way things are in the west!

Bob Christiansen,

She’ll be in court for dog case trial

As I sit at my desk updating my schedule for the month ahead, I add “9 a.m. Friday, April 13, Madera County Courthouse.” This is my reminder to attend the trial of the woman accused of torturing the dog Clover, which led to Clover’s death.

Clover, an 18-month-old poodle mix, was found in the back yard of this suspect’s home very injured and ill because for 18 months he lived in the same collar that was never loosened to accommodate his growth. The collar ate into his neck and he suffered for over a year in this condition. A nylon rope was wrapped and embedded three times around and into his neck. The chain that bound him to a post was so heavy that bolt cutters were required to free him.

Bless his heart, Clover died of his injures on Dec.. 27, 2011. His was a life lived in untold pain and unimaginable suffering. He had no shelter.

Animal abuse is unacceptable. It is not to be tolerated. It is a hateful, incomprehensible action perpetrated by uneducated, sick and cruel people.

In previous court appearances, I watched this accused woman’s adult children accompany her to court, appearing to be offering her support.

It is my fervent prayer that Clover’s life and death will cause Maderans to come together to stop the needless suffering of animals.

Please join the movement in Madera to stop animal abuse. Call the Madera County Animal Shelter to ask what you can do — 675-7891 — or call Friends of the Madera Animal Shelter to ask what you can do – 363-5106.

“The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: We should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position.” — Christine Stevens

Jackie Jones,

They’re no fans of Madera’s streets

We have never sent a letter to the editor before.

Since living in Madera we have been baffled by the awful road conditions.

Maybe we are not experts, but we have traveled around our country full time for four years, enjoying what our nation has to offer. What we loved most was the small towns off the beaten path.

Never did we encounter roads like they have in this town. Not even close. I doubt a “letter” will do anything to correct the situation, but who knows. At least we can express our view.

Thank you for the opportunity to do so.

John and Gloria Miracle,

Response to letter on Owens games

As president of the local Madera NAACP Branch 1084/ACTSO, I am responding to the letter to the editor by Donald Holley, director of the Jesse Owens Games, published Monday.

Unfortunately there has been a lack of communication about the assertion that no one had made any attempt to contact Mr. Holley.

A direct contact attempt was made by myself, the NAACP president, to his home and a message was left for a requested call back to me from Mr. Holley on Wednesday, March 21.

At no time have I spoken any ill will of the Jesse Owens Games or its administration, but just to the contrary, because the NAACP feels the Jesse Owens Games are truly a worthy program for the youth of our city.

Again this was only an apparent communication lapse and nothing more. The NAACP’s only concern was for the safety of the youth, with the danger of the reported gangs shooting at one another during different times of the day at or near McNally Park.

The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

Gloria Brown,
Branch president, Madera NAACP


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