Another “administration delay” in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is the last straw. Now, companies employing 50 to 99 workers will not have to offer health care to employees until 2016.
A copy of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence hang on my office wall for me to peruse once in a while. Where in the Constitution does it give the executive branch the power to selectively enforce, delay or ignore the rules of the land?
Regardless of a person’s political bent, our form of representative government, with three separate and distinct branches, was established to ensure that government was to apply all laws equally, without picking winner and losers, and to guard against one branch of government becoming too powerful.
If the administration wanted to make changes, why not work with Congress to decide which changes to make and when? The delay until 2016 smells of political expediency rather than what is best for the electorate.
I consider myself thoughtful and moderate. The threat by Sen. Ted Cruz to shut down the government last fall was as revolting to me as our current president using executive orders to decide which laws to circumvent.
Our government is supposed to represent us all and not selectively enforce laws (such as the IRS focus on conservatives), and to be forthcoming with its citizens.
Lastly, is it politically incorrect to ask that my government tell us who made the decision not to try to save our citizens in Benghazi last year? I would like to know. Am I the only one?
Complications in shoveling
What are disabled people to do about their sidewalks? One letter writer mentioned ramps installed at intersections and the Americans With Disabilities Act, and suggested that the city should remember it could be sued for not enforcing sidewalk shoveling (“Sidewalk to a lawsuit,” Feb. 12).
But how can those with disabilities clear their walks? When I was a child, we earned money going around the neighborhood shoveling walks. Very few young people do this anymore.
Until last year, I shoveled my walk. I also shoveled the walk of my elderly neighbor. I shoveled both our driveways.
I have been very cognizant of disabilities for 20 years because my father suffered a massive stroke in January 1994, when Akron really had snow and cold. I kept our walks cleared and wondered about those who shoveled out their driveways but couldn’t be bothered to clear a path along the front of their homes.
In February 2013, I broke my back. Combined with fibromyalgia, the injury makes clearing the walk impossible. I tried it a few weeks ago and my back went into spasms.
Many people are disabled or elderly. When no one offers to shovel our walks, what can we do? In my case, I also take care of a parent.
I have to choose between protecting my back in order to care for Mom or shoveling the walk. I choose Mom.
Mary F. Hazlett
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would create greater worker loyalty and cause workers to stay with their current employers. This would increase productivity and save the costs of constantly training new employees.
As a result, prices would not need to be increased due to higher wages. Businesses could remain competitive, and workers would have more money to spend, increasing economic growth.
On the other side, we have the Affordable Care Act, which will free workers who feel bound to stay with their employer to maintain health-care coverage.
They can now leave, work less or not at all, and the government will subsidize them or cover them with Medicaid.
It’s a win, win situation. Employers could count on greater loyalty and workers can feel free to leave. Everyone benefits.
Head to Detroit
Will the last union worker in Tennessee please turn out the lights as you leave and consider at least three different options?
First, you could stay put and trust that the “trickle down” economics promoted during the 1980s finally starts to take effect.
Second, you could find a job on Wall Street, where investors are adored and laborers tolerated as a necessary lower class.
Finally, you could think outside the box and move to the city that beat the living tar out of the Nazis when it came to manufacturing prowess in the 1940s.
Though I am of German heritage, there will always be a warm place in my heart for the city of Detroit and its historic culture, without which we could all be speaking German today.
By the 2040s, cities along the Great Lakes just might be the major lifeline that keeps America and the rest of the world hopeful for a better future. History often repeats itself in some rather peculiar ways, so we must think ahead in order to preserve whatever union we still hold dear.
Michael J. Walzer