published Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Obamacare and Medicare and other letters to the editors

Obamacare and Medicare

When the Affordable Care Act was passed, it was supposed to help seniors. To pass it, they took $7.15 billion out of Medicare. Well, it is beginning to show. I have paid out more money in the first quarter of this year for health care than in the past two or three years. Doctors used to accept what Medicare paid and dropped the rest. But now we are paying out of our pockets what Medicare used to pay. Further, my supplemental insurance has increased 11 percent for both my wife and myself. How could any Democrat have supported this bill is beyond me.

PHIL KLINTWORTH, Crossville, Tenn.

Make change at the ballot box

As a longtime resident of St. Elmo, I thought I would share my opinion on the effort to recall Chris Anderson. I think recalls should only be used if there is proof of criminal activity or violation of oath of office/community standards. As much as he has not impressed me, it does not seem that he has broken any laws nor has he violated his oath. You don't recall someone just because you don't like their lifestyle or don't agree with their politics; you vote them out at the next election. I have no problem with Chris Anderson being gay and even support his domestic partnership bill, but overall, he has been ineffective to me. I will not be signing any petition, but he can almost certainly count me out as a vote for his re-election, should he choose to run. District 7 lost an excellent representative in Manny Rico during the last election. The message to petitioners is this: If you truly want change, do it the right way -- at the ballot box with a candidate that meets your qualifications.


Opposed to oil pipeline

I am opposed to the (Keystone) oil pipeline for several reasons. The length of the pipeline seems to be excessive when much of the refined product will then have to return north to major cities and is also very expensive. The oil will go to existing refineries, which are on the Gulf Coast and often down from storms or maintenance because of heavy use. Then the gasoline and other products have to travel back north to the major cities in the Midwest (Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Kansas City.) All of these add cost for everyone using gas or heating oil. Since the cost of the oil line is so huge, why not build a new refinery in the northern Midwest where the products are needed? This would help solve the problem when a refinery is down and save costs on distribution and may be even less expensive then the pipeline cost.

ROGER THOMPSON, Tullahoma, Tenn.

Please repave Northpoint

Northpoint Boulevard, the road that connects Hixson Pike and Highway 153, is probably the bumpiest, most disgusting, highly traveled, shortest road in the area. This road is possibly bumpier than the original wagon train roads. It is really frustrating the street department has let this road get into the condition it has. It could probably be repaved in one day, but they wait until the holes get deep enough to almost engulf your car before they throw several buckets of asphalt in the holes and consider it fixed. They have been doing this for at least 10 years. Come on, guys. Just think, if this road were to be repaved, it would make thousands and thousands of registered voters very happy. If the person in charge of streets doesn't think it needs to be repaved rather than throwing several buckets of asphalt in the holes, then he should drive the road 50 to 100 times. That way the city would have to buy him a new car because his old one would be shaken to pieces by then. Come on, fellows. Let's do it the right way the next time. Repave!


Thoughts on 9-11 attackers

On May 21, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum will open to the public. A brief seven-minute documentary, "The Rise of Al-Qaeda," will be playing to explain the historical roots of the attackers. It refers to the Muslim attackers as "Islamists" who viewed their mission to please Allah. Some Muslims and interfaith advisory clergies object to the words "Islamists and Jihadists" as offensive to Muslims and spreading false charges about all Muslims. Historically, the early movement of Muslims first under Muhammad and later after his passing advanced both religion and political dynamics. In addition to the five tenets of faith, jihad was added as a sixth pillar of Islam. It was conceived as an instrument of Islam for the spread and defense of the religion. The early wars were religiously inspired by the "messenger of Allah." His followers resuming the jihad to conquer the world. Who are these attackers? Today, years later, the Americans are still confused about the answers. It's time to learn a higher, more difficult truth about Muslims. The attackers were Muslims. What they did on 9/11 was in the cause of Islam. Let's be honest and not blur the truth of who these attackers were.

AMOS TAJ, Ooltewah

Go north, young leftists

In the April 27 edition is a big story about all the wonderful leftist people who have renounced U.S. citizenship and left the land of liberty. Why don't all you all lying leftists at the paper do so, too? You are fear-mongers, brain-washers, lying freedom stealers! Case in point: front-page stories printed May 1 and May 2 scaring the simple-minded "sheeple" about the 2nd Amendment and the right (not the left) of self-defense. Both stories were parrot-cage quality. Both were full of outright lies. Go north all you young leftists, up to great "red" north and Canada.


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conservative said...

PHIL KLINTWORTH, Crossville, Tenn. wrote:

"How could any Democrat have supported this bill is beyond me."

Simply because they are used to getting something for nothing and expect and demand more.

The term for this is greed!

Yes, some will holler it is not something for nothing but it is because the younger generation is paying the difference.

That small portion of Medicare tax will and did not pay all of their medical costs.

That difference paid by the younger generation is something for nothing to the Medicare recipient.

May 10, 2014 at 7:44 a.m.
conservative said...

Well ROBYN GARNER when you support Chris Anderson's domestic partnership bill you support higher insurance costs for one and that means higher taxes.

Treating AIDS has tremendous costs to mention just one.

Why is that not a problem as you claim?

May 10, 2014 at 7:51 a.m.
LibDem said...

Mr. AMOS TAJ, I'm not sure I understand your letter. Are you suggesting Muslims might wish to invade West similarly to the Christian Crusades East? Is this a copycat thing?

May 10, 2014 at 10:22 a.m.
crisktn said...

@Bob Stanley. What the hell are you talking about!? Citizens renouncing their "citizenship!?" You may, no, you NEED to take a look at corporations moving "overseas!" As to "moving north", not a chance!! We are turning "red to blue" city by city right in here in the south!!!

May 10, 2014 at 11:02 a.m.
LibDem said...

Mr. LARRY HARPER, The sign at Northpoint and Hixson says "End of Public Street" I believe. I always thought Northpoint Blvd is a private drive. It's good to know it's the responsibility of Sorry Daisy.

May 10, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Simply because they (Democrats/liberals) are used to getting something for nothing and expect and demand more. The term for this is greed!" - conservative

This despicable self-righteous little twit has the gall to call it greed?! - for poorer and elderly people to want things like affordable health insurance, a decent and affordable education for their kids, a job that pays a livable wage so that they can put food on their table and a roof over their heads? And all the while he and his ilk call it "class warfare" against the rich and socialistic "wealth redistribution" whenever any mention is made of doing away with the tax cuts, the corporate subsidies, and tax loopholes and shelters the TRULY greedy enjoy. In his and his ilk's mind it's perfectly okay for the rich to want, and to keep getting, more. But for the poor and the elderly to want enough to just keep their heads above water is..."greed?"

May 10, 2014 at 1:39 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

LibDem, nice to know I'm not alone in my lack of comprehension. I have read several of Amos Taj's letters and there is not one of them where I haven't ended up scratching my head and saying to myself, "WTF?" He's all over the place. I can never make heads or tails of what it is he's trying to say.

May 10, 2014 at 1:52 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Crisktn, great point about the corporations moving overseas. Funny how flag waving Americans like Mr. Stanley here give them a pass. The truth is the corporate fat cats have less allegiance or sense of patriotism than anyone, yet these conservative minded dipsh#ts coddle them, praise them, and lick their boots. These rabid right-wing idiots who constantly whine about liberty and individual freedom don't have the common sense God gave a fruit fly. They are deaf, dumb, and blind to the fact that in giving unrestricted or minimally restricted freedoms and tax shelters and dodges to corporations they are selling us all into corporate fascism and oligarchic oppression. Being financially comfortable now, they don't see it, but it's only a matter of time before their bubble bursts and they will be out on the streets among the unwashed masses. With the extreme income disparity we have today, and still no safeguards against the reckless and greedy banksters, the next (and far worse) economic collapse is just around the corner.

May 10, 2014 at 2:17 p.m.
wallyworld said...

Their hatred trumps all. No reason, no sanity, just vile despicable hate! Their heads have been emptied, replaced with right-wing filth. Then the line: 'But he's such a gudd Xtian!!'

May 10, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.
Plato said...

PHIL KLINTWORTH - the $7.1 Billion was a taxpayer subsidiary to private insurance companies that offer a Medicare substitute called Medicare Advantage. This was by and large a boondoggle put into place under the Bush administration as a government give away to private insurance providers - if offered very little to seniors above their normal Medicare plan. Since you didn't have that kind of coverage you were not effected.

What the ACA did do for seniors is close the so-called donut hole in Medicare Part D prescription drugs. So you have more coverage an less out of pocket expense than before.

There are hundreds of reasons your medical costs could have risen this year that have nothing to do with the ACA.

May 10, 2014 at 7:36 p.m.
una61 said...

If Northpoint Boulevard is a private dive then who owns it? Maybe the city should annex it in order to maintain it.

May 10, 2014 at 9:41 p.m.
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