Government could care less about the American people

Government could care less about the American people

On Sept. 22, I was reading about the so-called “Affordable” health care act. Each state has the right to turn down Medicaid expansion. Ohio is still debating on it.

Well don’t think too hard, or you will burn out your little bird brains.

Then, of course, you will have to pay a hefty fine if Medicaid turns you down. If people had money they wouldn’t need assistance to begin with.The government cares about nothing but the government. The rest of us might as well just lie down and die.

Dana Olsen, Youngstown

Water main break in Hubbard points to a much larger problem

The recent water main break in Hubbard Township (“Boil advisory issued for portion of Hubbard Township,” Sept. 27) should serve as a wake-up call.

If taxpayers and ratepayers want to avoid unaffordable utility bills and huge liabilities in the future, they must insist now on more competition in the way public officials manage the water systems.

According to a study released by the National Taxpayers Union, roughly half a trillion dollars in government expenditures could be saved over the next four decades by adopting techniques such as open procurement for pipe materials and better asset management.

The Mayors Water Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors has also voiced support for such processes.

It’s time for community leaders across the nation to be more proactive in embracing fiscally responsible approaches to water policy.

Pete Sepp, Alexandria. Va.

The writer is executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union