Letters to the Editor

Letters: Vote the future, not the past; Paying for Medicare for All requires creative solutions

Vote the future, not the past

When they go the polls this month, I hope Centre County Republicans will reward hard-working incumbents and rising stars with their vote and ignore the follies of the past.

R. Thomas Berner, Benner Township

David Brown has the right skills for Borough Council

I am writing to endorse David Brown for re-election to the State College Borough Council. I have known David for over 20 years, which has given me an opportunity to become familiar with his personality and values. David is a person who knows how to listen to others and to consider their points of view with an open mind. These skills are invaluable in a collaborative work environment such as the Borough Council. In his first term, David quickly learned doing your homework was essential for success as a council member. This requires reading a broad range of materials to inform yourself on the issues, attending numerous meetings, and soliciting the opinions of Borough residents.

David values the aspects of the Borough that make it such a nice place to live. These include a beautiful environment and an inclusive community that is committed to social values. Maintaining these aspects is a critical issue for the Borough and will require new resources that don’t involve significant increases in the taxes residents now pay. The Borough Council has been wise in its approach to new developments that are yielding additional resources. But even more revenue is required, which will involve unconventional approaches and a political will to compromise. I hope the voters on May 21st will elect David Brown to be one of the Borough Council members in the room to make the hard decisions that need to be made.

Robert Santoto, State College

Downtown State College needs a leader like Deanna Behring

As a community-oriented, woman business owner, I could not be more enthusiastic about Deanna Behring’s candidacy for State College Borough Council. I am pleased that a woman of her caliber is willing to run for office to serve our community.

The downtown business community needs a leader like Deanna who is willing to partner with those of us who have invested in and make our livelihoods in State College. We need someone who is a creative, out-of-the-box thinker, who hears and not just listens, and who can set an action-oriented agenda and follows it through.

We need someone like Deanna who practices what she preaches and is not afraid of hard work. Unlike many of us, Deanna proudly boasts that she no longer shops online, preferring to support local businesses to the greatest extent possible.

Deanna is a supporter of local artists and the role of the arts in a healthy community. For example, we both serve on the Board of Directors of the Awesome Foundation, donating time and resources to support small-scale ideas with large impact for building community. As part of the creation of the new arts and innovation space, 3-Dots, Deanna has participated in visioning exercises, decision-making and fundraising, but also shows up to make the vision a reality, including to scrape wallpaper and install cabinets!

Deanna will do the same for the Borough. She will show up ready with ideas and energy. And she will do the work.

Amy Frank, State College

Paying for Medicare for All requires creative solutions

Right now Medicare for All is a major topic in the upcoming election campaigns. I am for it, but we have to find a way to pay for it. I call my idea “tithing for health.” The annual premiums should be 2 percent of a person’s or family’s average taxable income over the last 3 years, and the deductible should be 8 percent. Presently my wife and I, both on Medicare, spend about $3,000-$4,000 a year, while our son, with a five-person family, spends more than $2,000 a month on insurance. Under my proposed plan we would have paid every penny of our health care costs over the last eight years, probably $6,000-$8,000 a year, which we could have well afforded, and the doctors and hospitals would most likely have charged us less than they do Medicare, because they would have gotten paid immediately without any hassle or delay.

Gert Aron, Boalsburg