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Rantings and Ravings

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A teacher decided to have a tower building contest. She paired her students up in groups of two. Each student was given enough blocks to build a tower six feet high. The assignment was to build one ten feet tall tower between them. It would be judged on structure and looks and function, not just height.

Two boys, who were really good at building towers, ended up together and every one thought they would be the winners. But the boys were not friends and didn't like each other.

So as the contest began one boy started to build and told the other boy to come over and add to his tower. The other one refused and started his own, demanding the first boy stop his and come over to the new one.

Neither boy budged in their stance and soon two very different, but cool towers emerged. The rest of the class stopped what they were doing and took sides, cheering their favorite and ridiculing the other.

Only two towers ended up being constructed. But when the competition was over, both towers fell short of the goal and neither was considered by the teacher. Everyone in class failed.

This is where we are right now with health care. We are letting the politics of party get in the way of the need to change things to build a lasting system that has structure and function. Each side has ideas and it does not matter who starts first or if you feel like you were invited to join nicely enough.

It is not a kids game. People are hurting and dying because we can't move forward. Every job lost during this recession is another worker and family without health care. These are middle class-working families like us who are now without care.

People who get sick can't even quit jobs or find new ones better suited to help them manage an illness because they would not be able to be re-insured.

The incredible hate spewed forth against our president this week scares me. I understand disagreeing with policy and having a different philosophy to a person, political party or ideal, but some of the rhetoric I have heard this week goes beyond reason.

My family is split in their political beliefs. I do not hate my little brother because he is far to the right. I do not love my older sister more because she is a hard core democrat. My mother doesn't disown me because I stay listed as an independent.

Yes, I am an independent with leftish leanings. But I will look at whoever is representing me and judge each action in itself. I have been impressed with some of the things our new Governor Gary Hebert has done and said since taking over. I was considering voting for Jon Huntsman if he ran again.

My point is, that for those of you who are so far to the right or left you can't think straight, I will not get through. But for the rest of you, slow down and work together. We need to build this country up as high as we can. It is not about separate towers to shelter our own kind. Most of us really do share many of the same moral values; whether we be republican or democrat, Catholic or Mormon, black or white and all things in between.

We can't afford to fail.

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