Obamacare is a disaster
For all liberals who want more government control on everything, let’s see how that’s working for you.
The Obama wrecking crew is going to protect us from the evil credit card companies by slapping on a few controls. Since there was plenty of lead time before it took effect, guess who jacked up their rates? Take a close look at your statement. Up double or triple? That really helped.
The biggest joke of all, Obamacare. If you think rates or costs on anything are going to go down, I’d like to know what you have been smoking. You have been flat out lied to.
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Doctors are already dumping Medicare and Medicaid patients. Insurance companies are raising their rates to be ready. If you think any insurance company is going to take on a new patient with a serious pre-existing condition without someone else paying for it, you are crazy.
There’s no free lunch. President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Kool-aid drinking senator from Washington state in tennis shoes are the biggest gang of socialists that ever came down the pike.
I can’t wait for the next election.
RON CZIKALL, Olympia
Majority of Americans oppose war
The costs of ongoing wars that only benefit the multinational corporate leaders, and the military industrial system, leave people globally without hope. Trillions wasted on destruction simply means no education (look at UC Berkeley for what’s coming), no jobs, no health care and another market crash.
Local communities are trying to grow food, but transportation losses will be devastating. Housing continues to disappear.
I can tell you soldiers returning are in far worse shape than during the Vietnam War, and I didn’t think that was possible.
The people are understandably angry, but I think we know we have to lead. No one else in government positions will touch the underlying, interconnected issues. For the record, the majority of Americans oppose war, all of them. This is not the time to be building coal plants, nuclear weapons — hang in there, President Obama, got that one right — or any kind of weapon.
While we are talking, innocent people are dying, and my dear friends, the Corries are in Israel facing the trial over the death of their daughter, Rachel. These two people are very special leaders and we need more of this life commitment to peace and justice, not hate-inducing warrior posturing.
MOLLY GIBBS, Olympia
Yelm Highway is a speedway
Psssst. Hey, city of Lacey and Thurston County traffic enforcement. Y’all wanna rake in some revenue? NASCAR has arrived on Yelm Highway.
Now don’t tell anyone I told you, but if you station yourselves at Yelm Highway and Boulevard Road, you will see what I mean.
I have been commuting on Yelm Highway for many years, and one recent morning around 7:30 a.m., I let a car merge in front of me, which, on a good day, does not cause any sudden brake checks or skids to a stop. People will cut you off with half a car length of space to do it.
Anyway, as this car was starting to merge left into my lane, the car behind it swerved around that car on the right side and into the bicycle lane to pass it.
At that point I had seen it all. It scared me because there are bicycle commuters, city transit commuters, and school children waiting for their school buses.
I recall seeing a police car at that intersection for a day or two, and I was grateful because it actually made me feel safer knowing it was there.
I just wanted law enforcement to be aware that when it comes to the morning commute on Yelm Highway, there are no rules and obviously no speed limit. The checkered flag waves at 8 a.m.
Thank you for your attention and consideration.
VALERIE ESQUIBEL, Olympia
Just raise the gasoline tax
There is a solution screaming to be considered to address this state’s revenue shortfall and other ailments. Raise the state’s gas tax.
It is the most appropriate sin tax of all, a tax we can share and one that has tremendous benefits. I don’t understand our legislators’ failure to consider this option. Even in a healthy economy we should be doing this.
For whomever might be unfairly affected by this tax, whose work requires them to travel during the course of their workday to deliver services or supplies (delivery and repair services, some building contractors, certain salespeople) give them rebates or federal tax credits. The rest of us pay.
This will raise a lot of money that can be used to bail out the general fund in the short term while raising funds to improve mass transit alternatives in the long term.
Just think of the indirect benefits: less congestion, less air pollution, fewer accidents and safer roads, more efficient and pleasant travel when you do drive, and smaller budgets for road construction and repair.
You’ll spend less time stuck in traffic and more time doing things that matter. Oh, and it will reduce your dependency on oil. Why is the obvious so difficult to be taken seriously?
MARK QUINN, Olympia