FCC must protect public interest




Your job as chairman of the FCC is an important public trust, where you should act to ensure that access to the public airwaves remains as free and diverse as possible. You also must act in the interest of the public good, and should know that no public good is served by the consolidation of media conglomerates' influence over television and radio airwaves. We already are experiencing a decreasing variety of viewpoints due to media consolidation. There is no need and indeed it bodes ill for us to allow further erosion of the diversity of views. Please reconsider and avoid this obvious sellout to media giants.




Bruce Dresser









Reverse theFCC trend




Trends toward ownership consolidation in the FCC rule making must be reversed, so that big corporations do not monopolize the public's information sources. Mr. Martin's rush to further consolidate media ownership is in conflict with the needs of the public for a vital democracy.




Julie Norman









Open letter to the U.S. Congress




I hope you enjoyed your extended 14-day Thanksgiving holiday. It is now time to finally get to work in the remaining days of the 1st Session, 110th Congress.




First, you, the Congress, must enact legislation that will stop the Medicare Sustained Growth Rate formula mandated 10 percent reduction in physician's reimbursement to become effective this .




Next, you, the Congress, must reconcile and pass the 2008 National Defense Authorization as a clean bill without including controversial non-relevant legislation such as the "hate crimes" bill that almost assures veto.




Since 2004, the Republican controlled Congress failed to enact the following legislation that would restore broken promises to military retirees. What will the Democrat controlled Congress do in 2008?




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162; 375,000 retirees with less than 50 percent disability denied CRDP (Concurrent Retirement Disability Pay, 10 US Code 1414): Neither version of HR 1585 (House passed 17 May or Senate passed Oct. 1) addresses this inequity.




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162; 327,000 retirees age 70 30 years still paying SBP (Survivors' Benefits Plan) premiums: The Senate version, Sec 659, would change the effective date from — October 2008 to Oct. 1. The House version makes no provision.




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162; 188,000 Chapter 61 medical disability retirees with less than 20 years denied CRDP and CRSC (Combat Related Special Compensation, 10 US Code 1413a): The Senate version, Sec 653, would authorize CRSC, but not CRDP. The House version, Sec 645, would authorize CRSC, but not CRDP, but only for those with at least 15 years of service and at least 60 percent disability (less than 5 percent eligibility).




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162; 61,000 military widows denied relief from SBP/DIC (Dependency Indemnification Compensation): The Senate version, Sec 653, would repeal the offset. The House version, Sec 644, would provide an allowance of $40 against an typical offset of $900!




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162; 28,000 IU (Individually Unemployable) compensated at 100 percent by the VA denied 100 percent benefit under CRDP/CRSC: The Senate version, Sec 660, would authorize CRSC at 100 percent.




The House version makes no provision.




I ask you again: What will the Democrat-controlled 1st Session, 110th Congress do for us in 2007 as we approach crisis management in 2008? Why is the House so miserly?




Ronald L Ross CWO3 ret




Gold Hill