I enjoyed William Hershey’s Nov. 15 commentary “Discovered and preserved in Alaska.” In addition to U.S. Rep. John Seiberling, Ohio has been served by another true champion for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Ohio’s attorney general and former U.S. senator, Mike DeWine, was an unlikely but steadfast champion for this wild place during his time in Congress.
During the George W. Bush administration, when the threat to the arctic refuge was grave, DeWine cast critical votes, again and again, against drilling. He said: “[W]hen we consider whether to drill on federal land, it’s not black and white. There are simply too many factors involved in each situation to say that we should always drill on federal land or we should never drill on federal land. This is why each case must be carefully studied.”
The refuge is teeming with life, including polar bears, grizzly bears, caribou and migratory birds that we all see in our backyards. I encourage U.S. Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to continue Ohio’s proud legacy of protection for this sacred place by co-sponsoring legislation that would designate the refuge a wilderness area.
Alaska Wilderness League
A review of issues on U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci’s website shows the Wadsworth Republican is still pushing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
What is missing is an honest statement from the congressman about the consequences if he is successful. He fails to tell us that tens of thousands of Ohioans who have signed up for insurance would have their policies canceled.
He doesn’t tell seniors his plans would result in increased drug costs by reopening the “doughnut hole” in medication coverage.
For some reason he seems to think it is a good idea for Ohioans to be denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions. It appears he also thinks it an improvement for Ohioans to lose Medicaid coverage.
All Renacci offers for his replacement health-care plans is a list of talking points. Many of these do not pass basic fact-checking and seem to demonstrate that someone may intentionally be misleading the congressman into making misleading statements.
I am writing in response to the Dec. 10 editorial cartoon. I would second a movement to impeach Pope Francis. It should be determined whether “Pope” Francis is Robin Hood or a lawful successor of St. Peter.
Christian charity and the welfare state are incompatible. In this mixed-up world, President Obama gives us spiritual license and Rome talks economics?