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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
From the emotional arguments made by Rodney Franklin (“Obamacare addresses abuses,” March 15 Pick of the day) when he tried to defend the Affordable Care Act, it appears he had not read the act. The legislation was crafted behind closed doors; not read, yet voted on, and pushed through with Chicago-style extortion tactics.
To date, Obamacare has resulted in increasing costs, increasing taxes, limiting access to health care and forcing many individuals into part-time employment.
Obamacare is very complex and filled with hidden features. Many new or higher taxes on families and small businesses have been scored by the Congressional Budget Office. These costs do not include the impact of the chained Consumer Price Index policy.
Because funding has run low, perhaps tens of thousands of individuals with pre-existing conditions cannot obtain insurance until 2014.
Health insurance premiums will continue to rise significantly. President Obama claimed that premiums would be $2,500 lower by the end of his first term. Instead they are up about $3,000, a $5,500 spread.
Many individuals have lost health insurance because companies reduced or eliminated full-time positions. Individuals with pre-existing conditions are unable to afford the premiums demanded. This is happening in Roanoke.
JOSEPH E. ELLIGSON
Invasion of the liberty-snatchers
This letter is being sent to express my gratitude that we have men like Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and other true patriots who stand together in defense of the Second Amendment rights of Americans, North Koreans, Iranians and Syrians by challenging the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
As a true American, I am aware of the insidious nature of that satanic institution that has promoted the takeover of local governments as a step toward world domination.
Our federal and state representatives are vigilant in their efforts to combat voter fraud by the millions of U.N. infiltrators that cross our borders daily.
Without proper photo and genetic identification, these U.N. forces would dominate our local councils and school boards. Can you imagine what life would be like in a world with predatory abortion clinics, schools with unarmed 6-year-olds unable to protect themselves and the Commandments so proudly displayed?
How would we, the ordinary citizens, be able to protect ourselves from this horde of pagan idol worshipers that threaten our very existence and who support fluoridation if it were not for men like Sen. Lee, who will fight for what is right and ignore the trivia of government?
Thank you, Sen. Lee.
Build the economy; don’t raise taxes
I applaud the members of city council for saying they oppose our mayor’s recent proposal (“Mayor’s tax proposal wins no support,” news, April 3). To suggest a tax increase coupled with a salary increase during these strenuous economic times is laughable at best.
Instead of increasing taxes, why is the council not working hard to increase the tax base? Roanoke has a well-equipped airport, multiple shipping hubs and close proximity to major interstates. Let’s use these to our advantage.
Just look at the corporations that have recently come to Pulaski County because of its industrial park.
When new corporations come to town, they bring much-needed jobs and tax revenue, therefore providing a possibility of balancing the budget without raising tax rates.
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