No need to rehash Crutchfield's past
The Free Press editorial page wrote on March 24 that some readers see your editorial attacks on Missy Crutchfield as motivated by her youthful nude appearance in several softcore porn films, but the print edition, to the best of my recollection, never reported this popular topic — until now. I had heard that story some years ago, but I had appreciated until Sunday the fact that the right side never thought it germane to its criticism of her alleged mismanagement of the EAC or for repeated calls for her dismissal and the termination of the EAC. Although you say her film career should have no bearing in the discussion, by mentioning it you have not very subtly made it an issue. Nicely done, and don't think of pink elephants, either.
Your libertarian celebration of Missy Crutchfield's early supposed career choice, her "getting to do exactly what she wanted with her life," is laughable. It conjures the image of a barbed tongue jammed so firmly in cheek that it rips through to the other side, where it slowly erodes in caustic crocodile tears.
Will you sincerely repeat your libertarian defense if readers now include her film career in letters for publication as another reason for her to be ridden out of City Hall with a scarlet letter sewn on her blazer?
Although I represented Ron Littlefield both when he was City Commissioner and in his recall litigation, I hold no brief for his creation of the EAC or appointment of Missy Crutchfield to head it.
GARY D. LANDER
Covering 180,000 more would increase costs
A letter to the editor on March 16 said, "By covering 180,000 more Tennesseans, they will have access to better health care," and, "Our insurance premiums would drop."
Are you kidding me? This is as simple as I can put it: If you have a pool of 100 people paying for insurance premiums for 100 people, then the same pool of 100 paying the premiums start paying for 200 people -- what happens to the premiums to cover the extra 100 people? Premiums go up for those 100 payers. If not directly, then indirectly through the form of taxes.
As far as "fewer hospital services and staff" this is because the reimbursement rates will be lowered to cover the cost of insuring the 180,000 more Tennesseans.
CANDICE McCALLIE, Lookout Mountain, Ga.