Praises young man for taking initiative to collect litter
To the editor:
Kudos to a young man who demonstrated a love for his community, and proceeded to do something positive. This young man collected 17 large trash bags of roadside litter, which were picked up by Salem Township. This act of respect and love for our land, took place on Cunningham Road and Franklin. He did say that he received thanks and thumbs up by passersby.
Hopefully this will inspire us all to get out and clean up our yards, neighborhoods, and community. Helping our neighbor, doing our part and then some.
Growing up in the 60's, there used to be campaigns against littering. Have we thrown our moral responsibility and obligation out the window too? Help our community to be litter free, take pride in our surroundings. Earth Day is just around the corner.
Doctor:?Our government has stacked cards against you
To the editor:
Everywhere I go, I hear people talking about their health and healthcare insurance. Many wonder whether they will still have insurance thanks to Obamacare. I share their concern. Who knows how this whole thing will shake out?
It seems there are few things our government cannot screw up. At times I believe they exist for the sole purpose of making our lives more difficult. One day perhaps we taxpayers will wake up and say, "Hey, wait a minute here! I'm not going to pay for this abuse anymore!" Wouldn't that be great?
Until then, we all need to think about how we'll survive without the high quality health care we have come to expect. There soon will be fewer doctors available. If your doctor does not cut enough corners, he or she may not be allowed to participate. If you want to keep your doctor, forget it. Our government has stacked the cards against you.
The doctors I know are highly skilled and compassionate. "Obamacare doctors" will be increasingly limited in the tests and treatments they can provide, based upon cost. Obamacare has traded an admittedly poorly run, but incredibly capable health care system for even-higher costs, and declining standards of care. Sorry!
There is one bright spot in all this doom and gloom. We are now forced to work at being healthier and avoiding disease. The vast majority of disease is preventable. Few people have been willing to make the effort to truly be well. If you've been waiting for the right moment to get healthy, you need start now! If you don't know how to become reliably healthy, here is some direction. The National Institutes of Health has spent billions of dollars to figure out the answer to ill health. Two things appear to be critical. Eat foods low in calories and high in nutrients, plus stay active.
It may sound silly, but it is without question, the most powerful thing you can do to achieve truly reliable health. For most people, the source of their health problems is not a lack of any vitamin or mineral, but a body too full of nutrients and waste to function properly. Studies show that simply eating 20 percent fewer calories each day has the potential to stave off most disease.
Couple that with a diet composed mostly of high nutrient-low calorie foods (fruits and vegetables) and you have a formula that cannot fail.
Granted, it is not easy. But it does work! God save our country from itself.
DR. DAVID M. VITKO,
Going without insurance is like playing Russian roulette
To the editor:
The deadline to sign up for Obamacare is fast approaching and there are people out there who are asking for young people to boycott this program. A lot of those same people have insurance but want you to go without it. The Republicans in Congress have tried and failed to repeal Obamacare 50 times. Now they ask you to go without insurance in what will be yet another failed attempt to destroy Obamacare.
Let's take a look at the cost of not signing up for Obamacare if you do not have insurance.
First, you will be subject to a fine and you will receive nothing in return for that money. The fine will be whichever is greater, $95 or 1 percent of your earnings in 2014. Next year's fine will be whichever is greater, $325 or 2 percent of your earnings in 2015. In 2016 the fine will be whichever is greater, $695 or 2.5 percent of your earnings in 2016.
President Obama will be not be replaced as President of the United States until Friday Jan. 20, 2017. Until that day there is virtually no chance that Obamacare will be repealed no matter how many times Congress decides to waste time and taxpayer money trying to repeal it. President Obama is not going to repeal his signature healthcare law.
Second, there is another potential cost that you may not be aware of. People in this country who have insurance are billed at the insured rate by hospitals, clinics, labs, and doctors' offices. People who do not have insurance in this country are punished by being billed at an absolutely insane rate that is normally 10 times what the insured person is required pay.
You say you do not believe that, let me share with you my own personal medical bills. I am a diabetic. As a diabetic I have a series of blood tests done every three or four months. These tests are done at Quest Diagnostics in Pittsburgh. I normally pay $21 for these tests. If I were uninsured, my cost would be $249 for these same tests. My insurance company pays nothing for these tests. The $21 rate is the cost they have negotiated with the healthcare provider (Quest Diagnostics). I work as an independent consultant in the healthcare industry and I am telling you the game is rigged against the uninsured in this country. This is not something that came about as a result of Obamacare. This is the way the system has been for years before anyone ever even heard the name Obama. If you are uninsured and you have an accident or a medical emergency which lands you in the hospital for anything over a day or two, you could very well end up owing $10,000 or more. If you have a burst appendix, you could easily be looking at a $48,000 bill.
If you are going without health insurance you are playing Russian roulette with your financial future. The government is subsidizing people with lower incomes. You owe it to yourself to find out what a health insurance policy would cost you.
You have nothing to lose by going to healthcare.gov and filling out an application. If you do not have access to a computer, Call 800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (TTY: 855-889-4325). A customer service representative will work with you to complete the application and enrollment process.
You can also apply in person at: Community Action Agency of Columbiana County,7880 Lincole Place Lisbon, Ohio 44432 (330-424-7221) or St. Elizabeth Boardman, 8401 Market St., Boardman, Ohio 44512 (877-956-3729).
Obamacare heralds decline of nation governed by law
To the editor:
Everyone must know that Obamacare is the perfect example of Democrat democracy and just what it means to the American citizen.
Obamacare has heralded in the decline of a nation governed by law to be ruled by men. What other law was ever announced into Congress as something "You have to vote for it too know what's in it." It should be of no surprise that the entire Politburo (pull-it boro) of Democrat Democracy (PoDD) voted the law in without a single Republican vote. Spread throughout the law is the phrase, "At the discretion of..." meaning Obama has change the law 34 times to suit the political gains of the PoDD. Hence the rule by men.
It's understandable that the PoDD are desperate to change the debate from Obama-care. However, their insistences that income inequality is a winning campaign narrative is just another lie. A lie as big as "You can keep you health insurance" and just as sinister. From this point on should the PoDD remain in power every law they write may very well contain the phrase, "At the discretion of..." giving one man the power to decide wages not just the minimum wage. No they won't decrease current wages but they could cap all wages for future "expected" growth with the current wages grandfathered out. Let the naysayers scoff, we have Obama-care and it has nothing to do with healthcare. It has everything to do with 1/7th of the American economy and control of the American citizen. The PoDD if remaining in power will continue its oversight of America's decline into a Democrat democracy instead of a Constitutional Represented Republic. Obama-care is Democrat democracy, Democrat democracy is wealth redistribution, wealth redistribution is Communism, and Communism is Un-American. Win the Senate, Hold the House, Impeach the louse.
WILLIAM E. EARDLEY,
Lack of membership means end of Salem Jubilee Chorus
To the editor:
It is with deep regret that I must inform the public that the Salem Jubilee Chorus has been forced to dissolve, due to lack of membership.
The chorus has been bringing barbershop music to this area for over 50 years with annual shows in the spring and bringing in top notch quartets and/or choruses.
I'm sure we will be missed, but I would like to thank our community and our sponsors for their past support. You were great!