To The Daily Sun,
Congrats to Bernadette Loesch, who continues to fight the good fight against the gang of right-wing haters.
Earle, Boutin, and Ewing continually spew their tiresome venom and think it will change the world.
They holler Impeach! Traitor! Tyrant! King!
Enough already. Take a deep breath and a healthy dose of Ativan and put away your computer for a few hours. You will feel better and readers can enjoy a few issues of the local papers without your constant hate mail.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 09:55
On television, summer reruns are becoming a thing of the past. Noting a jump in demand for fresh entertainment in the hot months, TV execs are responding with original programming.
In Washington, however, suing Obamacare gets played over and over and over again, whatever the heat index. These summer reruns don't get much audience, but that hasn't deterred the House Republicans. This is their latest attempt — they've tried more than 40 times — to wreck the Affordable Care Act. This suit revolves around the president's decision to delay the employer mandate.
That show wasn't so hot the first time around.
The employer mandate requires medium and large employers to provide health coverage to their workers or pay a penalty. It was to go in effect Jan. 1, but the administration extended the deadline to give companies more time to get with the program.
The complaint, as stated by House Speaker John Boehner, is that President Obama changed the health care law without a vote by Congress. Obama was illegally "waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it."
You've got to give him credit for twisting the plot. It happens that House Republicans last year themselves voted to delay the employer mandate and, by extension, penalties for failing to comply with it.
Call it "Blue Is the New Red" — or should that be the other way around?
And by the way, the mandate is constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court said so.
You'd think our elected officials would have the decency to not waste legal resources — taxpayer dollars, actually — suing over an action they've supported. Obviously, this is a case not of picking and choosing objections to Obamacare but of hurling lawyers at it with a water cannon. Whatever happened to summer vacations?
As the story of Obamacare develops, the townspeople originally hostile to the health reforms are warming up to the newcomer. Hardly a week goes by without another fear about his getting shot down by reality.
For example, average premium costs are not spiking; they're rising more slowly than before the law. Healthy young people are not refusing to obtain coverage; they're signing up. Meanwhile, the great majority of the newly insured say they are happy with their coverage.
Now it appears that federal spending on health programs is growing more slowly than earlier predicted, and cost savings written into Obamacare are part of the reason. We're talking $1.23 trillion in lower expected spending for the 10 years starting in 2010, the amount supplied by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
So polls show a national audience increasingly content — and given the mud thrown at it, pleasantly surprised — with Obamacare. Republicans won't seriously dismantle the reforms, but that doesn't mean they can't make a show of hammering at the law.
Call it "Bad Breaking."
To be fair and balanced, let it be noted that respectable legal scholars stand on both sides of the debate over the delayed mandate. Some say Obama exceeded his authority. Others say he just did it to implement a program that Congress approved, which is part of his job description. As a similar example, George W. Bush waived a penalty for poor elderly people who missed the deadline for re-enrolling in the new Medicare drug benefit. No one complained then.
The broadcasters and cable channels are hollering for new material because their audiences want it, and audiences feed their bottom line. Members of Congress don't have to care about audience interest, because they get paid anyway, by the public.
Hence the reruns of the Obamacare demolition derby in which Obamacare never really gets hurt, and people don't really watch. Not very entertaining.
(A member of the Providence Journal editorial board, Froma Harrop writes a nationally syndicated column from that city. She has written for such diverse publications as The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Institutional Investor.)
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 09:52
To The Daily Sun,
News from the U.S. Senate: Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) has a bill that would override the ban on late-term abortions. The bill has support of two-thirds of Senate Democrats.
This is horrific news as the bill would allow women to have abortions, that is to kill their babies, late in pregnancy. After five months into her pregnancy, an infant is formed and has arms, legs, a heartbeat, and can FEEL whatever is happening to it. This is murder in the first degree. Please, pregnant women, do not kill your babies. In this pro-choice world, you still have the choice to have the baby, to preserve life.
Life is precious, and the life of a baby is the most precious of all.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:14
To The Daily Sun,
On Saturday, July 26, the Lakes Region Rotary Club will be once again host a car show spectacle at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound. We are fortunate to have O'Reilly Auto Parts as our featured sponsor and expect to rival the great turnout we had last year when we had 150 show cars of all types and vintages on display.
With more than 700 spectators roaming around admiring the cars, it was truly a great day. This year we have added some food and ice cream vendors and will once again be awarding prizes for best in show. All the proceeds from the event go to local charities with the featured recipient this year being the Boys and Girls Club. Show time is from 10-2. Show cars are encouraged to get there earlier to get set up.
We hope to see lots of people and cars at the show. Parking will be available for spectators directly across the street from the show.
Lakes Region Rotary Club
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:10
To The Daily Sun,
First, the only response I can make to Bernadette Loesch's letter of last week is: Best to get your facts straight.
Yet again you have made the accusation that red-leaning states make it difficult to vote. I have disproven your accusations in a previous letter, including citations, yet you continue to make them. On the other hand, if you meant to say right-leaning states make it more difficult for ineligible voters to vote, then I would agree with you. Otherwise, give it a rest, Bernadette. No one is buying what you're selling. Saying it again and again isn't going to change the truth one bit.
Second, I'm not sure I can adequately respond to Mister Veverka's latest round of character assassination without taking up copious amounts of column inches. He expresses nothing new, disparages those who do not agree with his beliefs, and makes endless accusations without one shred of proof. But then, that's how he does it — make the accusation and expect everyone to take it on faith because, after all, he knows "the truth" better than everyone else. Facts need not apply. Frankly, he is boring because he never really says anything new. It's just endless bigotry from a close-minded progressive mouthpiece incapable of expressing any original thought. Does he really think anyone other than his fellow travelers take him seriously?
At times it seems their dislike and, dare I say, hatred of those who disagree with their political beliefs is almost pathological. Their inability or unwillingness to see or at least try to truly understand others' point of view is disturbing, to say the least.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:07