In response to Tackle single-mom issue and we can fix other problems too (Dec. 16 Forum):
Single moms didnt get that way alone; men played role
Jim Shalvoy seems to believe that all problems would be solved if there were no single moms. I have some suggestions to make that possible. One: Sterilize all males. Two: Return to shotgun weddings. Three: Make the penalty for divorce hanging. Of course the best choice is number one. My understanding is that would be the absolute solution to these women running over these poor helpless males, just to be a single mom with a child to clothe, feed and care for 24 hours a day.
Being rich shouldnt mitigate punishment for teens crime
Now that affluenza is being recognized as a defense (for a well-off 16-year-old who got probation in a drunk driving case where he killed four people), here are some others to use: poorisy, gangreed, aminneedsia, moneynucleosis, richets and debtheria.
In response to Poll cites Obama on health care ills (Dec. 16):
Blame health industry for rising cost of care, not new law
So almost 70 percent of Americans think their health insurance premiums are going up because of the Affordable Care Act? Lets place the blame where it belongs on the cost of health care. Insurance companies dont pull charges out of the air. Premiums reflect what they pay for health care. And costs will continue to go up until the health care industry gets actively engaged in reducing them.
The ACA righted some very unfair practices of the insurance industry, such as refusing to insure people with pre-existing conditions, but it is not the culprit in higher insurance premiums.
For last 30 years my premiums went up without Obamacare
I worked for a large corporation for 30 years. There were not many of those 30 years that my insurance premium or the portion for which I was responsible did not go up. I had to change doctors due to implemented changes. Guess what, I sucked it up. I counted my blessings that I had options for health coverage. Others need to do the same.
In response to Ruchos tweet comparing Obamacare to Americas wars sparks controversy (Dec. 16):
Rucho deserves a pat on the back for truthful comments
Good for you Bob! Sometimes the truth needs to be told. Nobody could screw up a plan this bad unless it was on purpose ... a road to single payer the president couldnt get passed unless he lied about it. Yes, I said the president lied! Its time to speak in bold colors, not pastels.
Rucho deserves a straitjacket for his wacky comments
Once again Bob Rucho has demonstrated that he is out of touch with reality. To suggest that Obama and the Affordable Care Act are somehow responsible for more human tragedy than Americas worst enemies suggests either stupidity and bigotry or something far more dangerous and ominous. When we spend twice per capita on health care as the next nearest developed nation and have only the 18th best mortality rate, it tells us something is clearly wrong with our system. At least Obama is trying to address this.
In response to Cant blame gerrymandering on Mel Watt (Dec. 13 Forum):
District gerrymandered for Watts continued election
Craig Hobaugh apparently doesnt realize Mel Watts district stretched in a narrow ribbon from Charlotte to Winston-Salem, the blatant Democratic mandate that he (Watt) could never be defeated. Watts district was strongly Democratic and mainly black, giving him overwhelming voter support. As for white politicians use of gerrymandering Mr. Hobaugh again fails to realize the present ethnic population of this country.
In response to Canada dropped daily mail delivery, U.S. should too (Dec. 16 Forum):
Postal service problems not result of bad business model
Ms. Marlow, no one is forcing you to use the services of the post office, and you are not being taxed for its service.
The USPS is an independent agency of the federal government and does not directly receive taxpayer dollars. It also employs over 500,000 good folks.
The chief reason it loses money is the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act passed by Congress which mandated $5.5 billion per year to be paid into an account to pre-fund retiree health-care, 75 years into the future. Repealing that act would go a long way in improving the USPSs bottom line, as would discontinuing Saturday delivery.
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