August 29 Letters to the Editor
Democrats and Republicans
It is twenty to eight and my Democrat and Republican humming birds are still trying to get enough to eat before they go to roost for the night. I know one is a Democrat and the other a Republican because they both want exactly the same thing. When one hummingbird lands to drink the sweet water and the other sees him, he chases the other away. If he lands on the opposite side where he can’t be seen by the other, they both drink together. If one notices that the other is getting some of the sweet water, they both fly away fighting.
This is exactly what the Democrats and the Republicans are doing. They both want peace and a prosperous America but they continue to fight each other like the hummingbirds because they do not understand that money is a public utility and must be intelligently managed.
Dr Kenneth L. Russell
Professor of Education, Emeritus
Sam Houston State University
To the Editor,
The 2012 presidential campaign has reached a new level of media bombardment with the nomination of Representative Paul Ryan as the Republican vice-presidential candidate. Because Rep. Ryan authored a deficit reducing budget plan for the country which would drastically change seniors’ Medicare program, Medicare has moved to the front and center of the campaign dialogue. Since Medicare is such a popular program with the American people, both presidential candidates want to claim the title, “Medicare Savior.” However, President Obama and Mr. Romney have two different visions for the future of Medicare, and every American citizen needs to understand the differences between these visions.
President Obama wants to continue Medicare as a public, single-payer health insurance system that will provide comprehensive coverage to American seniors. Mr. Romney, following Rep. Ryan’s budget, wants to change Medicare to a voucher program for anyone 55 years old or younger, in which seniors would receive a government voucher to buy private insurance to cover their old age health care needs. These private companies could cap the amount of money they spend for your care, leaving you to pay all expenses beyond the cap. The change to the voucher program could cost seniors an extra $6,400.00 per year.
Mr. Romney’s plan would require all seniors on Medicare, even current ones, to pay out of pocket for preventive care, such as mammograms and cancer screenings. President Obama’s plan now covers 100% of these costs.
President Obama’s plan cuts 716 billion dollars from the Medicare budget by removing identified waste and fraud, cutting taxpayer subsidies to private insurance companies, and gradually slowing the growth of payments to hospitals and nursing homes. None of the 716 billion is taken from patient benefits. In fact, President Obama put these savings back into patient benefits, using them specifically to close seniors’ prescription medication “doughnut hole.” Seniors are now saving $600.00 per year on their prescription medications.
Rep. Ryan included the same 716 billion dollar cut in his proposed budget. Mr. Romney wants to return the 716 billion dollars to the Medicare budget, which would not give patients one cent more in benefits but would return the eliminated waste to the budget and give insurance companies an extra $150 billion dollars of taxpayer money.
According to Medicare’s own experts’ study of the plans, Medicare under Mr. Romney’s plan would be bankrupt by the end of his first term. President Obama’s plan, which includes raising government revenue by letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire, extends the life of Medicare by eight years.
The changes to Medicare and its benefits proposed by Mr. Romney and Rep. Ryan are an effort to avoid raising tax rates on the wealthiest of Americans, who already pay lower rates than middle class families. Like many of you, I have seen the benefits of the present program in the lives of the seniors in my family. My grandparents’ and parents’ lives were extended and improved by the health care they received from Medicare. I know which of the two visions of Medicare is better for me and my family.
Diane Farahay, Peru Township
I commend Concerned Citizens for Your Safety in their quest to have the billboards on the US 42 curve removed because of the safety hazard which they present. I came to their information meeting after listening to entire tape of the 8/13 Trustees meeting on www.billboardsafety.org.
As we go about our days trying to provide an enriching environment in which to raise our kids, to balance our checkbooks, to contribute to our community, and to reflect our faith in all we do, we face enough problems which need to be overcome. We do not need yet another one – one which we know beforehand could cause unnecessary suffering to an unfortunate motorist or passenger – with which to deal.
Until Concerned Citizens for Your Safety brought to my attention the inherent danger in this curve (22 accidents in less than 6 years, including one less than 3 months ago), I had no idea it was that bad. Now I know. And now the Trustees know. And now the billboard company knows.
This will be a true test of character and integrity for both the billboard company decision makers, who are now in the position of having to choose whether to pursue their agenda in light of this information, as well as that of the Township Trustees, who are being called upon to truly protect their constituents and listen to and represent their voices.
As they choose their respective paths, perhaps they should reflect on this … “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve.” 1 Peter 5:2
Kirsten Stafford, Marengo
I agree with Randa Wagner that “good parenting is hard work”, from her opinion article a few weeks ago “Parenting just ain’t what it used to be”. I am a parent along with my husband to our two girls, ages 2 and 4 months. We are trying to do the best we can along with many other parents of young children in the county. I am sure my children have been screaming in Kroger at one time or another. In fact, recently at McDonalds our 2 year old screeched gleefully in a booth with her friend, and by the end of the meal my drink had been spilled all over the floor. It was a mess and I was embarrassed at the noise. I apologized to a couple sitting nearby, but they gave us warm smiles and said that they had grandchildren and enjoyed seeing kids. What a great perception. Where I could have been judged as a bad parent for having a louder child or even eating fast food in the first place; I was encouraged that I am blessed with a joyful 2 year old!
There are so many choices in the way to raise our kids and how to be a good parent. I would like to make a suggestion or two. Let’s build our community of parents up with encouragement and understanding. Maybe it’s been a rough day. Let’s smile and give them a hand. I think we need to be understanding as we never know what situation a family has come from when we see them in public. We all make mistakes when we parent. It is a challenge to help children remember their manners and give instructions that must be repeated over and over throughout the day. Another suggestion is to have a column for parents from the experts. I know my husband and I need support to be better parents. The Sentinel could be a great resource of news and advice for our community parents.
Jen Trainer, Chester Township
Thank everyone who came out for the Community Meeting hosted by Concerned Citizens for Your Safety! With so many obligations demanding our time, we really appreciate that you chose to spend that hour learning about the billboards on the US 42 curve.
When we started this inquiry less than three months ago, we knew virtually nothing about billboard legislation, state and local zoning regulations, or the process by which disputes are resolved. We have learned a lot, and have gotten to know many of the state, county, and township employees and elected officials who work or have an interest in this area. We have also contacted and benefited from the experience of persons in similar organizations, both national and local, whose focus is making sure that government entities comply with billboard legislation and regulations.
The billboard permit has been withdrawn by Cardington Township because it does not comply with their zoning regulations. If the billboard company chooses to pursue securing a valid permit, a formal process is initiated.
If the billboard company chooses to move forward even now knowing just how dangerous this curve is, two entities have “seats at the table,” namely the billboard company and the Township. What voice is missing? That of the people.
The appeals process includes a public meeting, but with no public comment. Any court proceedings which are undertaken allow both the billboard company and the Township to state their cases, but there is a legal question as to whether the people – in this case the people who drive through the US 42 curve each day – have legal standing and therefore a voice. This is unfortunate. If you are an attorney reading this letter who could find case law which would support our ability to have standing as an “aggrieved party,” we would be most appreciative of your help.
The people depend on their elected officials, in this case the Cardington Township Trustees, to make decisions based on having heard their voices. The Trustees have a serious responsibility to listen to and reflect the concerns of their constituents in their decisions. Here, that responsibility is to every motorist – whether that person is a township resident or not – whose life could be severely impacted should an accident occur on the curve.
We encourage everyone to voice your concerns to the Trustees so they can truly represent you in this as well as any other issues which arise in the future. The importance of this can not be underestimated; it’s the only way your voice can be heard and changes-for-the-better made. If you missed the meeting and want to know more so you can be knowledgeable when you talk with them, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can find our contact information on www.billboardsafety.org.
Vicki Kerman, Cardington
Concerned Citizens for Your Safety Dear Editor:
I am encouraged by the latest developments concerning the billboard at the curve on rt.42. The permit has been revoked. What a relief that the trustees reconsidered their decision from last March. Unfortunately the sign is still up. The legal issues could prevent it coming down for an extended period of time. I am hoping that Lind Media will decide on the side of safety and remove this hazard quickly. I ask all those concerned to let the trustees know how much you appreciate their recent decision. Keep informed by checking the website billboardsafety.org. The efforts of Concerned Citizens for Your Safety will be well worth it when that billboard has been removed.
Linda Harvey, CardingtonDear Sir or Madam:
This past Sunday, Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s former Press Secretary and now his Campaign Manager, actually admitted that under Obamacare, there would be a fifteen person panel, designated as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) which would be appointed, not elected, with no Congressional oversight and not accountable to anyone, who would oversee the implementing of this new Obamacare, and they would decide who would be eligible for medical treatment, depending on what their prognosis was. Gibbs as much as admitted that this woutd cause some folks to lose their health care. This sounds an awful lot like DEATH PANELS to me.
I know there were many folks who voted for Mr. Obama because they wanted to be part of history in that they could say that they voted for the first African American President, and I guess that’s ok, but now that they have that out of their system, perhaps they can look at the upcoming etection more pragmatically and vote, not to be Politically Correct, but to keep America the America the Signers intended it to be and steer it away from its present course of becoming a Socialist nation.
Darl Mills, Mt. Gilead
In a previous letter I stated Obama has not and never will do anything postive for America and, true to form, he continues his assault.
In July he gave amnesty to 800,00 illegals.
There are 15 million univited illegals in America with most getting federal assistance with the majority having little, if any, education.
On August 23, Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, was ordered by the Obama administration to cease any further deportation of illegals, regardless of their background.
Through his determination and out of desperation, he will give amnesty or a free ride to any individual or group to gain their votes.
He now has the D.O.J. (Dept. of Jokes) again filing suit against states for not giving drivers licenses to illegals. If they have the license, which would be their form of I.D., they would be allowed to vote. Obama will see to that.
For all the ‘bleeding hearts’ who agree with King Obama, like it or not, the whole world can’t live here. America maybe the melting pot of our universe but the pot’s running over and the money’s gone.
With all the handouts and taking care of illegals, on any give day there’s 67,000 veterans go homeless in America.
There are 25 million unemplyed, 1 in 6 people live in poverty, 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry every night and over a million are on food stamps or other assistance.
Obama is now blaming Romney for the death of a lady who died 5 years after Romney supposedly closed a plant providing her insurance.
It’s just another move by Obama to sway from the fact he squandered 800 billion taxpayer dollars on his green jobs which created no jobs but resulted in plant closings.
Obama also harps on Romney not paying his taxes for the past 10 years. Who cares? If the I.R.S. isn’t complaining, that should pretty well end it. The law says he has to present 2 years returns. He has done so.
Obama supposedly presented his birth certificate, which is simple enough to do but did anyone question the age of the paper it’s typed or written on? It should be over 50 years old.
You need to know your history to understand your future.
There’s been several printings depicting great and not so great individuals in our history, but two in particular, is the autobiography of Adolph Hitler and Death of a Nation.
Read and compare them to then and now. Not in Germany, but in America.
Several years ago, Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of Russia, made the statement that America, in all its power and glory, would be defeated without firing a shot.
The groundwork has been put in place and it’s just a matter of time if we continue with the present administration.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Don’t be fooled again.
Hollis Eastep, Mt. Gilead