A front-page article on Sept. 8, “Health coverage mandate to begin on Jan. 1,” should have individuals reeling. While few would deny that health-care coverage for many in this country is a disaster, the government getting involved and mandating coverage for all only takes the system from bad to worse.
The upper class rarely needs to worry, as it is able to afford just about anything at any price. The poor need health care, but will be hard-pressed to come up with the needed policy payment (exorbitant for many).
The media consistently insist that the economy is improving and that jobs are becoming more plentiful, but the reality of more part-time jobs at minimum wage will make meeting expenses truly that much harder for the poor. Just where are the poor supposed to come up with the money for this coverage?
That leaves the middle class, which will be left to foot the government’s health-care disaster, being forced to scrimp more to meet day-to-day expenses in an effort to be able to pay government-required policy fees.
The middle class is the backbone of this country. Its members are the ones who are always left holding the bag. Because a change is so desperately needed in our health-care system, surely there must be a better way than the government getting involved, especially with its history of ineptness in just about everything it attempts.
Instead of getting embroiled in a war overseas that will likely hurt, maim and kill innocent civilians, may I suggest focusing on issues at home, truly improving the job market with livable wages for all and getting out of the health-care mess?
Forcing insurance policies that are only going to cost more money for the vast majority, especially the poor and the middle class, helps no one. This is nothing more than one more U.S. government disaster waiting to happen.
I was sickened after reading Kathy Antoniotti’s article regarding the Ohio wildlife officials shooting and killing nine mute swans (“Portage Lakes swans swim afoul of state nuisance law,” Aug. 31).
Does it really matter that the birds were brought here from Europe, when they provide so much enjoyment? They aren’t a danger to anyone, as are snakes and alligators.
There are other ways of dealing with population control without killing swans.
The swans could have been caught and offered for sale or given to zoos, private individuals or organizations that have lakes or ponds.
Wildlife officials could have given special licenses to these groups or individuals, if needed. (Lake Anna is one example of where a couple swans could have found a new home.)
I hope the Ohio wildlife officials will manage the situation differently in the future.
Toni J. Longville
President Obama has a major problem. He has to convince the country that we should strike a “leader” who has “gassed his own people.”
(Hmm, that sounds familiar, but now it’s near real-time, not years after the fact, as in Iraq.)
The biggest part of his problem is that he is trying to convince people who are listening more and more to those who still don’t believe that Obama has proved he’s a natural-born citizen.
Of course, there’s a potental Republican candidate (U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz) who actually was born in Canada to a father who was not a citizen, and he’s perfectly fine for those people. The principle seems to be: It’s OK if you’re a Republican.