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Fri
31
Mar

Taxpayers will be voting on our future

by Randy Pribble

All taxes are bad.

At least that is the mantra our politicians have fed us for the past several decades.  Of course, that statement is false.  Taxes are the revenue source for government that provides us services we would find it hard to do without: maintained streets and other infrastructure, schools, a judicial system, a national highway system, national defense, and on and on.

A truer statement would be that few people like to pay taxes, but since we do, we want to be sure we are getting our money’s worth. We also would like everyone to pay their fair share.

In the recent past we have seen the state and federal government cut the amounts of revenue they provide to local schools and counties, further straining local budgets.

Fri
31
Mar

Letter to the Editor - Too much to ask?

Dear Editor, 

The Trump Cares Less Health Care alternative to the Affordable Care Act has now hit the sewers. It’s not that Trump didn’t embrace the Republican alternative: instead of the “better and more affordable health care for everyone” he trumpeted on the campaign trail. 

It turns out he is quite willing to allow insurance that won’t cover the first $12,000 of maternity care, that would delete emergency room services and mental health treatment as a requirement, a plan that would lower Medicaid funding and institute work requirements for the few remaining recipients (as if putting the sick  and the poor under the whip will do anything more than kill them), and that was going to raise insurance rates for older adults by thousands each year. 

Fri
31
Mar

Letter to the Editor - Making the situation worse

Dear Editor, 

I hope that Trump voters are starting to get some idea of the high price they will pay for having him in the White House. 

Trump and crew had it right that the economy was rigged against the middle and working classes and in favor of the Wall Street elite, but once elected he proceeded to make that situation worse by inviting the Wall Street billionaires into the heart of his administration. 

The Trump-backed health care “reform” Republicans tried to force down our throats is just the latest case. Trump promised better care for all at less cost, but he embraced a plan which would have given worse care for higher cost and put health care out of the reach of millions of poor and middle class folks. 

Fri
31
Mar

Lette to the Editor - Voting against their own self-interest

Dear Editor, 

The Social Security Act was instituted on Aug. 14, 1935. Before Franklin Delano Roosevelt could even sign the act, every Republican in the House voted to send it back to committee and kill it.

They called it unjust, unworkable and wasteful.  Three years later, when it was extended to survivors, three-quarters of the Republicans voted against it.  

In 1950, Social Security was extended to the disabled and 90 percent of the Republicans voted against it.

At that time you had older men and women selling apples and pencils on the street just trying to earn enough to buy a meal.  If you were old and got sick, then you just went somewhere and died.  

The Republican Party has been trying to get rid of Social Security since 1936. It is a program that helps equalize conditions between the wealthy and the poor.

Fri
31
Mar

Letter to the Editor - The opposite of where we should be heading

Dear Editor, 

 

This week I’m worried about food again. Last week it was President Trump taking away school lunches from kids in his House Bill 610.  This week, it’s seniors, vets and the disabled that he wants to stop feeding. No one in this great nation of ours should have to go hungry. 

Trump’s Budget would kill  Meals on Wheels, a program that feeds 2.4 million senior citizens.

Trump says it has not demonstrated results. Are you kidding me? This is one of several programs designed to let seniors and the disabled stay in their homes and out of Medicaid-funded nursing homes. 

You want to save money Mr. Jet-Setter President? Don’t fly all your billionaire friends and family  to and from Florida five out of seven weekends. Air Force One costs somewhere around $228,000 per hour to operate. Each trip to Mar-a-lago costs taxpayers in the neighborhood of $3 million....sad!

Wed
15
Mar

Letter to the Editor - Sound familiar?

Dear Editor, 

Many people thought that they could control him. They thought that he would be a normal head of government. They were the majority and had control. Others thought that the responsibilities of office would tame and steer him in a more conventional direction.

They were all wrong.

He offered voters a better future. The poorest people voted for him and the moderate left wing Democrats. Unorganized workers, the rural masses, Protestants and Evangelicals who wanted a moral restoration, switched their votes and voted for the man that projected purpose and dynamism. He proved to be a master at manipulating the media.

He would put country first. He would give everyone a job. He would make rusty factories run again. He would crush alien ideologies.

Wed
15
Mar

Letter to the Editor - Trumpcare is a doozy

Dear Editor, 

The “Trump Cares Less” health care plan offered by Republicans to replace Obamacare has been released for public review and it is every bit the doozy those of us with a heart (liberal hearts, that is) thought it would be: Billions in tax deductions for the rich, more costs for the middle class, and less services for the poor.  

And of course it will defund Planned Parenthood (which likely will lead to more unwanted pregnancies), make mental health coverage optional (thereby increasing costs), and raise insurance costs for people 50 and older. 

The AMA, AARP and other good American groups are protesting how mean the plan is. What amazes me is not that this is what the House Republicans after six years of protesting Obamacare have put together as an alternative, but I am astounded by the speed with which Donald Trump himself embraced it: definitely it is not the “something better and more affordable” Trump supporters had been promised. 

Wed
15
Mar

Charles Robert Earnest,  Sr.

Charles Robert Earnest,  Sr.

Charles Robert Earnest,  Sr. of Piedmont passed away March 10, 2017 in Poplar Bluff. He was 68

He was born Feb. 16, 1949 in St. Louis, the son of the late Claude Robert and Marion L. (Dannewitz) Earnest.

On Jan. 5, 1966, he was united in marriage to Lynn Lincoln, who preceded him in death on June 23, 2011.  

On April 4, 2015, he was united in marriage to Linda Sue (Gilbreath) Kelsoe, who survives.  

Charles is also survived by his children, John Earnest and wife Beverly of Ironton, Jamie Inman and husband Doug of Ironton; stepsons, Harold Eugene Kelsoe and Danny Kelsoe, both of Williamsville; and his brother, John Earnest of Goldsboro, NC.  

Surviving grandchildren include, Matthew Stafford, Jonathan Earnest and wife Monica, Levi Earnest, Austin Earnest, Johnelle Earnest, Kyle Inman, and Katelyn Inman; eight step-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Sun
05
Mar

Letter to the Editor - Make the President the sole rule-maker?

So U.S. Congressman Jason Smith - in his weekly newsletter -  says he is sponsoring legislation that will allow Donald Trump to cut any regulation he doesn’t like. It’s called the SCRUB Act. 

Come on now - making Trump the dictator over everything is just too obvious a give away to fascism that it can’t be true, can it? This is what our Representative in Washington wants to do with the Office of the President: make sole rule-maker and rule-breaker the man who has close entanglements with not just the wealthiest top one-half of one percent living in this nation, but who has equally close entanglements with the Russians, the Saudi Arabians, the right-wing factions in Italy, France, Britain  and just about every other con-man megalomaniac right-wing nutcake in the world. 

Sun
05
Mar

Letter to the Editor - Tear down the wall between church and state?

Donald Trump owes his surprise victory to the millions of Evangelical Christians who voted for him. They are just as ecstatic at his choice for the Supreme Court.

They are now willing to ‘tear down that wall” of separation between church and state.  

In the last election, 82 percent of so-called Christians put  aside “grab them by their -------,” put aside Biblical beliefs and “family values” and voted for Donald Trump. The prized ring is control of the Supreme Court.

Now they want to eliminate the Johnson amendment that gives churches their nontaxable status as long as they don’t preach politics from the pulpit, something they already do.

I think their tax-exempt status should be removed.

At a recent press conference, President Trump rambled and acted like a madman.

He looked like an unhinged leader of an unstable and unfriendly government.  He hurled insults at reporters and announced that he was having fun.

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