EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 26, 2012

Sound Off


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Losing jobs

Read the story on front page of The Eagle-Tribune on health-care costs going up in Salem, N.H., by 18 percent. It will cost Salem firefighters and police officers their jobs. It’s just as Mitt Romney has been saying — Obamacare is going to raise health-care costs. That, in turn, will cost people, towns and businesses jobs. Seeing is believing. Vote for Romney-Ryan for the good of our country.

Scare tactics

This is in response to “Obamacare”: Obamacare has not been implemented yet. Therefore what you are seeing is a result of hospitals absorbing the cost of care for the uninsured. Obamacare will fix this problem by insuring everyone in America. Hospitals will have more money for amenities, staff, and keeping medical procedures and equipment updated. The entire population will have access to health care and doctors will see more insured patients to offset the new Medicare compensation schedule. Senior citizens will benefit when the Part D doughnut hole is eliminated and preventive medicine will be covered. Obamacare — the Affordable Care Act — is a complex program that cannot be explained in a single conversation or newspaper column. Before you criticize it you should study it and you will find that it will be a good thing once implemented. Don’t listen to Republican scare tactics.

Vote Brown

If demeanor and poise mean anything, then U.S. Sen. Scott Brown should be re-elected. Every time I’ve seen him in debates and in the news, he presents himself as someone who is calm, cool and collected, while his opponent appears to be a caustic, bitter person.

Ledbetter

The Lilly Ledbetter Act was signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 29, 2009. Scott Brown never voted for it, even though he strongly supported it, as he was not in the Senate at that time. He was elected in 2010.

Home states

The polls in the home states of President Obama and Vice President Biden (Illinois and Delaware) have Obama and Biden with large leads. The polls in the home states of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wisconsin) also have Obama and Biden leading. Shouldn’t that tell us something, when the people who know these candidates best vote that way?

Road blocks

It’s bad enough that they are ripping up so many main roads in Haverhill and Bradford causing traffic nightmares, but to block the main entrance to the Merrimack Valley Hospital, now that takes special talent. Good thing I didn’t have an emergency.

Math problem

The Democrats and the president are insisting on letting the “Bush” tax cuts expire for the rich claiming that will solve the entitlement problem. Doing so will bring in an additional $40 billion in taxes — but the annual deficit is more than $1 trillion! Liberals are never good at simple math.

Settled law

To clear up a misconception in recent letters: The idea that a corporation has some of the rights of “personhood” comes from a Supreme Court decision Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward in 1819. This was confirmed in another 1886 Supreme Court case when the chief justice said that the 14th Amendment does indeed apply to corporations. The recent Supreme Court case only affirmed what has been settled law for almost 100 years.