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Those who hold office must take their oath very seriously

Published: Tue, October 1, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Those who hold office must take their oath very seriously

The dictionary defines an oath as a solemn appeal to God to witness one’s determination to speak the truth or keep a promise.

As an elected official, I took an oath to uphold and follow the tenets of my office. This is a promise I made to follow those rules and regulations.

I can honestly say I have done just that and will continue to do so. All one can give is their word when a pledge or oath is taken. It is something not to be entered into lightly. Whether the oath is to a sorority, a fraternity, club, or political party group, the oath is a solemn promise to be governed by the tenets of that organization. Membership in a group often requires an oath.

Those of us who have served entrusted with the promise given in an oath need to keep it — no matter what. Integrity is something that cannot be bartered, traded, or compromised in any manner. The oath of office is one of the highest pledges one can make.

We need to adhere to the solemn pledges we make with no deviation — regardless of time, circumstance, race, or personal enmity or gain.

Delores T. Womack, Youngstown

Use ballot box to change Obamacare

For as long as I can remember most elected officials have used the moistened-finger decision making method. Now it seems that when it comes to this unconstitutional disaster known as “Obamacare,” many of them have chosen to sail against the hurricane force winds of public opinion.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have decided to use the negotiating method I remember from grade school: Name calling.

I have much better weapons today, and they are more effective and also available to everyone. The most important one is the ballot box.

If every voter held their candidate responsible for his choice on this debate, I believe we could find solutions to improve without destroying the best health care system in the world.

Robert J. Husted, New Springfield


1SeriouslyNow(192 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

@ Robert,
I seem to recall that a presidential candidate promised that he would repeal ObamaCare on day 1.

That candidate was defeated.

The people have spoken.

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2pileated(18 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

There are facts and reality but in your rant you only spew loathing.

You claim that the Affordable Care Act(Obamacare) is an "unconstitutional disaster."
The law was adjudicated by the U.S. Supreme Court---and found constitutional.

And this court has a majority appointed by Republican Presidents.

The law is far from perfect but it is a step in the right direction---a public option needs to be added and Medicaid needs to expanded for all states including Ohio.

And during the 8 years of failure of GW Bush what was the Republican plan to address your fellow neighbors who have no healthcare coverage--you know the "pro-life party"?

Nothing ---absolutely nothing.

Two unpaid for bloody wars where the military/defense contractor corporations lined their pockets with billions of taxpayer dollars.

Unpaid for Medicare Part B or D.

Unpaid for multiple tax cuts (estate; dividends & capital gains; ....) for the super wealthy that once again(Reagan tax cuts for the rich) we were promised jobs, jobs, jobs----which again hasn't occurred.

13% Romney.

And the few jobs that have been "created" are mostly very low wage, variable weekly schedules, part-time temp jobs with no healthcare coverage, nor pensions, nor stability.

And what have the Republicans done to address the 46 million or so USA citizens with no affordable options/access to healthcare ----NOTHING.

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