Americans are dying because of greed

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Approximately 3,000 people died on 9/11. (Thirty-nine percent of Americans, including myself, believe that most, if not all of 9/11 was an inside job.) But in the past five years, about 500,000 Americans have died in hospitals due to preventable medical errors. About $2 trillion has been spent so far on defense, intelligence and war. How much was spent to reduce the death toll at our hospitals?

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Approximately 400,000 Americans have been shot in the past five years, with 150,000 of them dying. (Good news here: Gunshot deaths have gone down a bit.) The police confiscate about 80,000 guns a year, and you better bet that the gun manufactures know that much of their profits come from criminals. (Hey, I love my .375-caliber H&H rifle; it will stop a charging brown bear at 30 yards.) Sorry, I digress.

Let's see, do the math. Since 9/11, about 650,000 Americans have died because of just two simple examples of greedy corporations. Terrorists have killed how many? Oh, that's right, "We're fighting them over there, so we don't have to fight them here." Was it P.T. Barnum or Dick Cheney who said, "There's a sucker born every minute"?

Think about it, you can survive getting shot, then die of infection in the hospital. Of course there are so many more examples of corporate greed killing Americans. Air, water, food, etc. Remember to vote, everybody, and hope that your vote is actually counted.

Philip Krauter

Juneau



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