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Senate health care bill is reverse Robin Hood


Published: Wed, June 28, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

Senate health care bill is reverse Robin Hood

They say that figures lie and liars figure. I’m sure there will be a number of economists, health care lobbyists and other “experts” to bombard us with self-serving facts and data to support their position on the Senate proposal to repeal Obamacare.

For me, it is not that complicated – it amounts to Robin Hood in reverse.

Very simply, this Republican plan takes money, tax credits and other valuable benefits and advantages from the old, sick, poor, disabled and women and transfers them in the amount of $880 billion to the very rich.

That would be mean-spirited, cruel, bad economics and hasten the inequality in America. Tax cuts for the rich – is that all Republicans work for?

Atty. Dick McLaughlin, Liberty Township

Ohio needs high-speed rail

As a resident of the great state of Ohio, I and many Ohioans truly want our state to prosper, advance and grow, and continue to become an economic and industrial power creating new jobs, attracting and growing populations, as well as continuing to advance academically, technologically and progressively in the 21st century.

I and many Ohioans believe that Ohio and all of our elected leadership of both political parties from around the state must now invest in, create and develop a 21st century high-speed rail transportation transit system connecting city to city: Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Canton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, as well as, many college towns across Ohio.

Ohio should do this just as President Abraham Lincoln did when he signed into law in 1862 the railroad act creating the transcontinental railroad.

So I and many Ohioans believe that now is the time in this the 21st century for our state to advance, grow and move forward by creating a high speed rail transportation transit system across our state. That would make all state residents proud to call Ohio home.

Willie James Richards, Youngstown

US becomes an oligarchy

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, the Republicans vowed to make him a one-term president. After his re-election, they tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act (61 times) and used a record number of filibusters to halt all of his progressive issues. When all this failed, they claimed he was taking our government to socialism. When Bernie Sanders was campaigning in 2016, Republicans said he was definitely a Socialist because he wanted free college for our children and affordable single- payer health care for all.

You have to ask yourself: Do the American people really want an educated, healthy, working society? Apparently, the Republicans do not.

Oligarchy is a word derived from Greek words that mean “few to rule”: a government with a small group exercising control for corrupt and selfish purposes.

Thanks to our Supreme Court with its Citizens United decision, it has given billionaires, the Trump administration and the like the power to buy our elections and change our country to fit their personal agendas.

The only way to “make our country great again” is to take it back from “the few to rule.” We all need to get more involved and stand united.

David P. Gaibis, New Castle, Pa.


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