I read the Oct. 4 editorial on the recent government shutdown (“Out of disrespect”) along with several letters to the editor. Naturally, the Republicans have been blamed in print and on the air for this shutdown, even by the president.
But let’s look at what really has happened. The Republican-led House, with the constitutional authority to approve a budget, passed a continuing resolution in late September funding every program except the (Un)Affordable Care Act.
The Democratic-led Senate, which has not passed a budget since the Democrats took control during the Bush years, though mandated by the Constitution, rejected the House plan, leaving the federal government unfunded.
Had the Senate passed the funding resolution, our president, a Democrat, threatened to veto this bill if funding for his pet piece of legislation was not included.
The question that should be asked is not why the Republicans oppose the health-care law, but why the Democrats support this act so strongly that they are willing to shut down the entire government if it is not funded.
The (Un)Affordable Care Act passed both the House and the Senate in 2009 without a single vote from a Republican member. Due to this law, voters across this nation threw more than 60 Democrats out of the House, giving the Republicans control.
In their victory, Republicans in the House had the mandate to repeal or defund this health-care act.
I’m surprised they finally showed the spine to do it after three years. Poll after poll has shown that this bill is very unpopular, and repeal is still called for.
Many special-interest groups petitioned the president for an exemption from the mandates.
The law itself is anti-freedom and ungodly. Several businesses have won in the federal court because the law violates their First Amendment rights to free expression against religious free expression.
Several businesses have cut the number of workers in their employ and cut the hours of those employees lucky enough to keep their jobs because this health-care law encourages them to do so. Ohio health insurance companies have declared that premiums will skyrocket astronomically due to the mandates in this bill.
Yet, the Democratic Party still wishes to defend this bill, even to the point of shutting down the government. To the Republicans in office, I say don’t back down and keep offering funding bills for everything but this onerous health-care law. Come 2014, I will remember who my true friends are.
Duane V. Grassell
Time to act, Speaker Boehner
Why on earth does Speaker John Boehner insist on repeating “people do not want Obamacare”?
That is not true. He keeps lying about many things and allowing the “Tea-draggers” who want to shut down our government to drag him around. He is unpatriotic.
Boehner should stand up to those extremists in the U.S. House. He should put the continuing resolution up for a vote and put the debt limit up for a vote.
We have had statesmen from Ohio in the past. Boehner is not a statesman. As a fellow Ohioan, I am ashamed of his behavior.
Beatrice Jean Mohr
Carbon-friendly in Ohio
Ohio is the second most-carbon-polluting state in the country, mainly from carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, while rates continue to rise. The United States is the second-highest contributor of carbon emissions in the world.
Together, let’s move forward into the future and put our differences aside. Simple changes would make a great and positive difference.
With temperatures rising along with pollution, our children’s and grandchildren’s future, health and safety are greatly affected.
In addition to changing temperatures, other health risks include increased respiratory diseases, reduced lung functions and increased asthma symptoms. Of course, the environment can also be severely damaged,
The United States is heavily dependent on fossil-fuel energy from other countries, which puts at risk the nation’s energy security.
Rising temperatures make severe storms more frequent and can greatly damage personal and public property. They also raise the cost of living and increase the cost of food because of longer and more frequent droughts.
We need to rethink what’s possible and never stop improving. Together, with a willingness to make simple changes in attitude and strong actions, we can and will make a positive difference in the future.
Start simple. Join Environment Ohio in supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules to set pollution standards.
I encourage U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to support these rules. They represent a simple change that can make a huge difference.
Questionable race for clerk of court
Why would a state representative who won election with a promise to work for governmental change and to help people discard this pledge after barely one term?
Could it possibly be to join the special-interest groups this man vowed to fight? Could it be the tough job of running biennially?
Or could it just, maybe, have been the bigger paycheck Zack Milkovich would receive?
The representative wants to bring efficiency to our efficient Barberton Municipal Court clerk’s office. This person wants to bring courtesy to our super-courteous service providers. Milkovich will bring dignity to one of the best-run, professional clerk of court offices in Ohio?
Milkovich has done a fair job helping those he vowed to help. If he is removed from this corner of legislative advocacy, it would be a shame, as he would find himself promoted to his level of incompetency. Our clerk’s office isn’t broken. So it doesn’t need fixing.
The clerk’s office is tied to the legal side of the court’s operations. Would it not seem intelligent to employ someone with an outstanding legal background?
Well, that is the situation we are all fortunate to find with our current municipal court clerk. Let us continue with an efficient, courteous, dignified clerk’s office, with political debts owed to no one.
A pile of programs and debt
Over the past couple of weeks, there have been numerous letters to the editor and editorials supporting the Democratic positions of not negotiating on the budget or debt ceiling. These suggest that we must have the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, welfare and all of existing government programs and employees.
I have one question: Who is going to pay for all of these things that we must have? We are $17 trillion in debt. Our children, grandchildren and all of their grandchildren will never be able to pay this off. If interest rates begin to rise, we are toast.
Runner grateful for morale boost
Thank you, a million times over, to everyone who cheered on the Akron Marathon runners.
Your shouts and signs gave me energy when I had none left. To everyone who put his or her hand out for a high-five, thank you.
You charged my drained battery. To everyone who made a sign, thank you. It didn’t matter if it was intended for me. It gave me something to read and someone to run alongside.
To everyone who simply smiled, you have no idea how much it helped me to get to the finish line.
Thank you to all involved. Your efforts are appreciated every time I think of that day. The hours or even moments that you contributed have long-lasting effects, and I hope that you are blessed many times over for how you blessed me.
Tea party payment plan
We all get it, tea partyers. You don’t want us, as a nation, to give hungry people food stamps and pay for disadvantaged kids to go to Head Start. You think businesses that can’t pay a living wage are still viable, and folks without insurance should die when struck with injury or disease.
No need to explain anymore. What I do need a memo on, though, is the list of services and benefits you will no longer be enjoying yourselves.
For instance, please do not drive on our roads prior to sending in a toll. Do not call our police when you need them, unless you have credit cards ready. I am sure there are many more things you receive from government under protest; we just need to start the audit on what you are giving up.