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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Isn’t bill for back pay a ‘piecemeal’ measure?
Well, I see our two illustrious U.S. senators have introduced a bill to guarantee back pay to the non-essential government workers who are sitting at home on furlough. These are the same two Democrats who helped in the Senate’s vote to shut down the government.
Their despicable majority leader, Harry Reid, will not take up any Republican measures to fund government agencies, saying, essentially, we won’t accept “piecemeal” government funding.
Isn’t that exactly what Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner want to do in their puny efforts to buy government workers’ votes? Shame on them both.
By the way, if these furloughed workers are “non-essential,” why were they hired in the first place?
House Republicans failed the people
Senate Democrats should not have agreed to any exceptions to the federal government shutdown. If Social Security and Medicare payments, congressional and Defense Department paychecks, Homeland Security and air traffic had been stopped by the shutdown, the shutdown would never have occurred.
House Republicans failed in dozens of previous attempts to defund or delay affordable health care for all Americans. All in Congress are guaranteed generous government-paid health care for themselves and their families — costly entitlements tied to the jobs that they have poorly fulfilled by failing to govern.
Attempts to deny affordable health care to others demonstrate congressional Republicans’ greed and disregard for their less-fortunate constituents.
My Republican congressman, Robert Hurt, voted for the federal government shutdown.
He shares responsibility for the damage to our economy that the shutdown causes. His health care is fully insured by the federal government, but his re-election is not assured.
Smoking causes so much death
I’m angry. Another good friend of mine died. They say she died of cancer, but her smoking caused the cancer. I’ve lost friends and family members to lung disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer — all caused by smoking. Yet no one blames the real cause: W.M.D.
Roanoke is one big ashtray in the tobacco belt, in complete, complacent denial. Virginia profits from nicotine slaves.
There, I said it.
Now I feel much better.
I hope I’ve angered someone else. The truth can set us all free.
J. N. SMILEY
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