Judge on GOP side

In the latest example of partisan legislating from the bench, Judge Reed O’Connor, in a decision that even many conservatives disagree with, has wrongly decided that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional (‘‘Texas judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional,’’ Dec. 15). With this decision, right-wing extremist Judge O’Connor doesn’t bother to hide the fact that he’s doing the work that GOP legislators failed to do when he claims that the entire ACA would have been repealed if they’d just had the votes. So he did it for them.

Despite its claims, the GOP is not now nor has it ever been interested in seeing judges rule in a nonpartisan way. The party is more than happy to have judges do for them what they were unable to do themselves.

Now, GOP representatives have the chance to carry out what they claim was their plan all along: Replace the ACA with something “better.” We shouldn’t hold our breaths waiting. In the meantime, 20 million Americans are at risk for having their health care coverage ripped away from them by an un-elected, activist judge.

Rick Bohan, Akron

 

Humanity in debate

The editorial board strenuously asserts it objections to the “heartbeat” bill and the bill banning the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure (‘‘As extreme as the ‘heartbeat’ bill,’’ Dec. 18). The editorial presents arguments against these “extreme” bills, approaching the issues from the presumed perspectives of pregnant mothers and medical professionals while also invoking standards of care and the costs of ensuing legal battles.

However, such arguments are inevitably one-sided and lacking since they refuse to bring to the table a key fact in the debate that any scientist, physician or educated person should freely and objectively acknowledge: There is another human being who needs to be considered.

How can truly just and balanced policy decisions or legislation result unless the undeniable truth of the humanity of the unborn child remains front and center in the debate? Or could it be that truth and justice are not really on the agenda of the abortion rights lobby?

Douglas P. Fuhry, Sagamore Hills

 

How to fund wall

President Trump wants a wall on our southern border at a cost of more than $5 billion. Here’s one way to get that amount of money and even have some left over.

We see and hear of ways to reduce tax debt by going to companies that can negotiate with the IRS for a reduced amount. It seems even the IRS will settle for a lesser amount rather than take time to pursue the individuals though the courts.

Hire back the laid-off IRS staff that can obtain the tax obligation for individuals who know they can negotiate a lesser amount. The idea of paying what you owe is foreign to those who use these loopholes. The arguing will be enormous, but in time those who play this game will realize that the rule of paying what you owe is supported by that vast majority that does pay what it owes.

Stan Sipka, Cuyahoga Falls

 

Bravery on 9/11

We have the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., honoring all those brave patriots who selflessly saved our Capitol from al-Qaida, and we have all those lives sacrificed that fateful day at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Now we have “bone spur military man” Donald Trump.

I share with you my car magnet from CafePress: “Dear World … The majority of Americans did not vote for him. We are sorry!”

Bonnie Neidhart, Tallmadge