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Opinion

October 8, 2013

Sound Off

Distortions

If it is true that a majority of Americans are against the Affordable Care Act (which I seriously doubt), it is no surprise. Ever since before it passed, we have been subjected to a steady stream of Republican distortions and lies about it with talk of such things as "death panels" and rationing of health care (as if the current private insurance companies don't already do so). Sadly, the corporate press, as usual, doesn't bother to do any fact-checking and just repeats their talking points. Indeed, in Republican-controlled states, the governments are actually using taxpayer money to run advertising campaigns discouraging people from signing up. Despite this all-out effort, so many people want to sign up that it is overwhelming the websites' servers.

Pedestrians

I am writing to Sound Off because of people complaining about people not stopping for pedestrians. Well, some pedestrians do not even pay attention and do not look both ways before crossing the streets. Some even cross the busy street when the light is green. This is called jaywalking.

Punishment due

The police officer Rick Welch, who failed to send help to Silsby Farm for the man working there, should be fired. The man died and was found by the caretaker of the farm hours later. Again I ask what makes the life of the common people less important than a police officer's? I know for sure if this was a police officer's family member all the department would be out looking in full force. Someone has to be reprimanded for this terrible conduct. Too bad he is a union president. That should not weigh in here. There is no reason not to punish him for his wrongdoings.

Speeding

I would like to thank the State Police for allowing excessive speeding on our highways to get out of hand. It is an absolute hazard to obey the law and do the speed limit! I should not have to worry about being rear-ended by a distracted law-breaking moron. And please, enough of the charade of having a trooper on the side of the roadway pointing a radar gun trying to intimidate drivers with no other trooper up ahead to stop them.

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