High court ruled, now GOP must work with Dems to improve law
As a progressive I applaud the Supreme Courts decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. However, the ACA is neither perfect nor a very good law but it is a needed law.
The Republicans have three choices. One, they can continue to whine and pursue repeal without replacement. Two, they can propose a viable alternative which they dont have, or three, work with Democrats to improve the law.
The latter two are responsible governance; the first is sour grapes. Whats your choice?
Dewey P. Rochester
Health care not a GOP vs. Dems contest; quit treating that way
Now that the Supreme Court has made its ruling, it would be nice if future media commentary focused on actual policy, instead of continually framing the issue as a contest between President Obama and the Republicans.
This is not a dog race between the right and left, but a decision that affects real people. It has serious implications for families and businesses and could literally mean life or death for thousands of uninsured Americans.
Those who were anxious for the Court to rule against the Affordable Care Act simply because they saw it as a blow to Obama should be more careful of what they wish for. They might get it.
In response to Obamacare ruling: Ill be taxed for your unhealthy lifestyle (June 29 Forum):
Youve already been paying for unhealthy choices we all make
Forum writer Floyd Prophet doesnt realize that only those without a health care plan will be taxed.
By the way, Floyd, you have been paying for their unhealthy lifestyles prior to Obamacare hence the reason your premiums have been going up 20 percent a year.
Stockton, Calif. wont be last Democratic stronghold to fail
Its little wonder that the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy is in California, the hotbed of liberal-spending Democrats.
Look around the country and youll find many of the same problems in big cities with strong Democratic bases.
Maybe we should join the European Union and get Germany to bail us out. Another four years of Obama and we might well get there.
In response to JPMorgan stock falls on story of larger losses (June 29 Business):
JPMorgans bad trade proof not much as changed in banking
Now JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the strongest bank of the litter and Jamie Dimon the most prestigious banker.
According to this article JPMorgan will lose close to $9 billion on a derivative bet.
The old Glass-Steagall Act would have prevented this loss, but these brilliant Wall Streeters got it repealed.
Some of these people should have seen the inside of a jail.
Its beyond comprehension that this could happen again and it tells you something about the Federal Reserve, Department of Treasury, Wall Street and our politicians and its not good.
W. Randall Lemly
In response to Avoid the carnage of war (June 29 Viewpoint):
Civil War Fire-Eaters also eroded nations political center
UNC Charlotte Professor David Goldfields most recent work provides valuable new insights on the Civil War.
But his Op-Ed piece failed to give weight to the pernicious efforts of a small but influential group of southern pro-slavery fanatics who deliberately torpedoed efforts at political compromises which might have prevented war and at least weakened the institutional enslavement of African Americans.
Southern Fire-Eaters dreamt of the day in which a slave-based labor system would dominate most of the continent, and perhaps the Western Hemisphere.
As the historical record shows, they were willing to destroy the American experiment in liberty and constitutional self-government to achieve this aim.
Michael S. Weiss
In response to Another solar panel maker files for bankruptcy (June 29 Business):
Had to dig to find article about failure of second solar company
In typical liberal fashion, the Observer downplayed the bankruptcy of Abound Solar to shield President Obama from another embarrassing failed loan to a solar panel manufacturer.
Four hundred million taxpayer dollars went to Abound, on top of $500 million to Solyndra.
Getting taxpayer cash takes on whole new meaning for going green under Obama.
Where is the outrage Observer?
Hidden away Friday at the bottom of page 2B.
In response to N.C. wind project could kill eagles (June 28 Viewpoint):
Saving eagles great, but focus first on saving human lives
So many people are concerned about the bald eagle population. Thats not a bad thing, but where is their concern about mountain top strip mining and the destruction and pollution of streams and fishes?
What about pollution of human water supplies and the evidence of cancer causing chemicals? Where is their concern about the possibility of fracking for natural gas?
Yes, we need to be concerned about eagles, but the safety of people is more important. We need to find alternative energy sources that are safer for the human population.