Letters to the Editor

Bush plays ego politics with poor kids

President Bush has vetoed the State Children's Health Insurance Program bill because he fears someone might benefit from it who, in his view, may be on the edge of the group defined for coverage. States can manage the program to assure the most needy get benefits first, and the president has even blessed at least three states' use of these same funds for families whose incomes are at the upper level of the program. But now he has vetoed that same provision when it is being made available to the entire nation.

This is the height of egotistical stupidity; he is clearly playing politics with the health of needy children. This is not a new tactic; he uses fear as the reason for everything he does, anyway.

RON JESKE

Modesto

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