There are a couple of things that bother me about Mr. Ready's attack on Proposition M101 (Mailbag, Jan. 1). He is correct on the amount of over payment of $74 million dollars, but he didn't put it in context.

Looking at $74 million out of $9.3 billion is a smaller amount than one might think. It works out to less than 1% of the total. Also, he neglects to mention that they are working to recover the amount. There are various means that they can use to do this since it is federal money. He also neglected to mention that the current people in charge have been cooperating with Richardson, and are working hard to reform the agency.

Secondly, and what bothers me more, is that his arguments are similar to the ones that are against the measure in the state ballot information that I just received in the mail. None of the arguments say that the program is not needed. That these people will not benefit from it with critically needed care. What their arguments are basically saying is that we Oregonians should deny funds and treatment to these beneficiaries, to punish the people who have mismanaged health care funds in the past, or have not passed the laws that the opponents wanted to be passed.

Are they saying that people in critical need should wait, until they get their way? That's what it looks like to me.

Rick Siegert

Lebanon (Jan. 1)

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