Letters to the Editor

The ACA flop & the filibuster

Contrary to what a lot of the citizenry thinks, my opinion is that a lot has happened recently in the nation’s capital.

There have been charges of incompetence against the presidency for the “disastrous” roll out of the ACA. There was a slight change in the Senate’s tradition of a minority of members filibustering the activities of the majority and the executive branch. There were also other lower decibel rumblings. All are good and well, showing that our elected representatives are doing the people’s work. Read More»

Words speak volumes

Rarely do we envision ourselves exactly how others perceive or interpret us. This realization holds true for the use of language when compared to our exhibited daily actions.

People are defined by the accumulative history of their deeds, rather than by mere words. But language can be both reflective of behavior and have an influence on these behaviors as we move forward. Our language shapes the way we view our surroundings, and is a good everyday step toward a more inclusive community. Read More»

Is nuclear really an option?

Not since the end of the Cold War has there been so much use of the term “nuclear” than this past week.

In the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, a man who every day seems to exhibit more of the results of the head trauma experienced in a former boxing career, changed rules that have been in place since the first Senate was convened over 200 years ago. Read More»

Water system critic: Some improvements are seen

“There’s something rotten in the Fayette County water system ... and it stinks.” That’s how I began an open letter in early September. In the letter, I was critical of the county’s response to the state’s inspection of the water system. Read More»

Obamacare love misplaced

I had to read the long letter from Mr. Alaimo a couple of times to really grasp his message. There is one constant thread having to do with this country’s Judeo-Christian roots, and it seems that this is the basis for Mr. Alaimo’s “love” for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Please allow me to respond with a few high-level observations.

1. Mr. Alaimo spoke to his desire to provide healthcare plans to his employees. While this is commendable, we must understand the original reasons for companies providing such plans. Read More»

Choose one: Liar or incompetent

So, now that we’ve witnessed a near complete failure of the launch of Obamacare, what should we conclude about the man himself?

Not to mince words, but to quote one of my favorite comedians, Adam Carolla, he’s either a liar or stupid. In either case, that’s a bad thing for our country.

If he’s stupid, that would explain why Obama kept reiterating that you could keep your plan, even after DHS bureaucrats wrote the actual rule and made grandfathering a plan exceedingly difficult. Read More»

EPA forecast: More lies

There was a cute, accurate cartoon in The Citizen (2-3 Nov. 2013) which got some people’s noses out of joint. In frame #1, A man is watching a TV screen which proclaims: “New Climate Study: Disaster in a Generation!” The man’s significant other (from another room) asks: “What’s the long-term forecast?”

“Scorching heat in 2060.”

Frame #2: The man’s significant other follows up with: “I mean for this weekend.” Man: “Who knows?” Read More»

Brown: It’s time to be thankful

I give thanks this year for having the privilege to serve on the Board of Commissioners at a time when critical decisions were required at the same time I had colleagues who were willing to cast the tough votes.

I am thankful for the great relationship that exists between the county and city governments these days.

There are times when the workload gets heavy, making it easy to lose sight of the good things in life. I plead guilty on multiple counts. Read More»

PTC business owner: ‘Why I love Obamacare’

As are most Americans, I am saddened when we listen to our political leaders argue to the point of brinkmanship. Our country was founded upon strong Judeo-Christian values such as our sense of right and wrong, truth is sacred, human life is a gift of God, human liberty, justice, love your neighbor, self discipline, self respect, individual responsibility, courage, compassion, servant leadership, helping the poor, and others. Many of these same values are found in other cultures. Read More»

It’s holiday season: Time to embrace military families

Dear citizens of Fayette County,

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

This quote is often attributed to George Washington. Unfortunately, he didn’t actually say it, and further research has not divulged the name of the wise person who did. But no matter, it does ring true. Read More»

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