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February 13, 2011
Salem News

Impressed with congressman

To the editor:

Bill Johnson on Monday night (Jan. 31) proved to his constituents that they were right to send him to Washington. His town hall meeting showed us a humble man who wants to restore fiscal sanity to the nation. From the start of the meeting-where he honored and thanked his fellow veterans-to the last where he defended the finished work of our Constitution, Bill engaged in honest, straight talk, no political mumbo-jumbo.

He leveled with us that the changes we all want to see will take time, and that we have to be patient, it took us a long time to get into this mess, it will take a while to get us out.

My favorite moment? Maybe Bill's response to new spending initiatives. "I'm just going to ask two questions: How much does it cost, and how are we going to pay for it?" And if he doesn't like the answers to those questions, he's going to vote no. What a wonderful, fresh answer to Nancy Pelosi's pet lap-dog Charlie Wilson, who never saw a budget-busting spending program he didn't love.

Yeah, sure, I voted for and support Bill, but I think in this dire hour for our country we should all stand behind a fiscal conservative who wants to solve the problems our children and grandchildren will have to face.

Bill's first town hall meeting in this huge, winding Congressional district took place here, with us, in Salem. A good start, Bill, and you have our support and prayers.



Mobile Meals needs volunteers

To the editor:

Help! Snow emergency! Salem Mobile Meals has been delivering meals since 1975 and has never missed a delivery in the 36 years.

To date, we have delivered over 350,000 meals. However, due to many of our drivers vacationing in the south during the winter, we have now reached the point that we need help.

If you can drive on any week day between 11 and 1 and are willing to undergo an orientation program, we ask that they call our coordinator, Jo Anna Bosel, at 330-332-2160.

There are many folks depending on daily delivery of meals and we are reaching out to the community for help.



Mobile Meals

Citizens are not being told truth

To the editor:

I am writing concerning the Affordable Care Act. We as citizens are not being told the truth.

Instead of working to find bipartisan solutions to create jobs, grow the economy, and make America more competitive, Republicans in Congress are spending all of their time re-fighting the political wars of the last two years by trying to repeal health reform and give control over your health care back to insurance companies.

The Affordable Care Act provides Americans with more freedom and control in their health care choices.

The Affordable Care Act provides Americans with more freedom and control in their health care choices.

It gives families freedom from worrying about losing their insurance, or having it capped unexpectedly if someone is in an accident or becomes sick.

It frees Americans from the fear of insurance companies raising premiums by double digits with no recourse or accountability.

It frees Americans from discrimination when insurance companies deny women health insurance because they are pregnant, or refuse to provide coverage to children who are born with disabilities.

It provides parents the freedom and choice of providing health coverage for a child after they finish school.

It provides people the freedom to change jobs without worrying about losing one's health insurance, or even retire a little earlier without having to worry about losing one's coverage.

It provides seniors with the freedom to get the care they need, including free preventive care, lower cost prescription drugs, and Medicare that they can count on.

And, by rolling back the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are adding a trillion dollars to the deficit.

Republicans in Congress want to unravel the law that holds insurance companies in check, allowing insurance companies to once again deny coverage to children with existing conditions, cancel coverage when people get sick, and limit the amount of care you can get-even if you need it. They aren't doing this because they care about you or me.

They aren't doing this because they really care about the impact health care has on the working man, the elderly, our children, the veteran who comes back from war, the parent who loses his/her job because the banks have ravaged our economic way of life or even because of their own healthcare needs.

It's none of the above people-they only want to repeal the Affordable Care Act because Healthcare companies can no longer justify charging whatever they want- making and keeping outlandish profits on the back of the sick and working man while at the same time lobbying and paying Congressman to vote a certain way.

This is the real reason why they are against the Affordable Care Act and the only reason and the only reason! If they want the Affordable Care Act repealed then they should also give up their healthcare insurance which is paid by you and me and which they keep for the rest of their lives.



A counter view on the Care Act

To the editor:

The facts about repealing ACA. Passing of the Affordable Care Act was a violation of the Constitution of the United States.

First, an overwhelming majority of American citizens were not in favor of its passing, we still aren't.

It's passing exposed a growing trend of elected officials governing against the will of the people. To continue to argue on the pretense of assumed benefits, well, you know what they say when you "assume" something. Its makes an "A--" out of "u" and an "A--" out of "me."


East Liverpool



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