Letters to the editor for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 | NevadaAppeal.com

Letters to the editor for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Get involved with GOP Central Committee

You can curse the darkness, or light a candle. You can complain about politics and politicians, or you can participate in defining the issues and getting them enacted, selecting your candidates and getting them elected. The key word is participate. The Carson City Republican Central Committee gives you several opportunities to participate in whatever way you like. Just remember that nothing gets done unless people get down to doing it.

Stop cursing the darkness. Light a candle. In these strange times, it is not an exaggeration to say we must light many candles to keep the flame of freedom from being extinguished. Fight to preserve the freedom you inherited, fight for the freedom you want to pass on to your kids.

Remember Reagan’s words: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

You may wonder why we must fight for freedom. Well, it takes no effort to fall into apathy and let others make your choices for you. All you have to do is … nothing.

Do something. Participate. Get started at ccrccgop.com, or call us at 775-841-1800

Peter Hennessey

Carson City

Obamacare can work; just give it a chance

In the early 1980s, General Motors embarked upon an enormous investment in automation. In 1985, it opened its showcase: the new Hamtramck factory in Detroit, Mich., had 50 automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to ferry parts around the plant, and 260 robots to weld and paint. It turned out not to be such a good idea. The production lines ground to a halt for hours while technicians tried to debug software. When they did work, the robots often began dismembering each other, smashing cars, spraying paint everywhere, or even fitting the wrong equipment.

It takes time to get new systems up and running correctly. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had a rocky start, but give it time and it will be as dependable and efficient as the other government programs Medicare and Social Security.

Ron Lowe

Nevada City, Calif.