Trump not worthy of the office of president
Once again “President” Trump has managed to stick one foot in his mouth and the other up his proverbial “s---hole.” Can anyone sincerely and conscientiously still claim this clown is worthy of the office of president of the United States, or is he just another biased early-morning coffee shop political pundit like the rest of us?
We should work as a team to fix health care
Some consider “the greater good” a lefty thing, but I consider it common sense. How are we to compete in global economies if our people suffer poor health?
According to Physicians for a National Health Plan and Health Care for All Oregon, we rank last among 19 developed nations in preventing death from treatable illnesses. How can we plan a future with iffy, expensive health care? Millions of Americans don’t see medical professionals regularly to get the screenings and regular evaluations to detect changes in their bodies as in the early stages of disease. It’s too expensive.
In America, we shy away from anything sounding, smelling or feeling like socialism. But, is teamwork socialism? How about leaving no one behind? How about saving money? Those things are as American as Old Glory at a picnic. Imagine getting a card at birth that gives you access to any medical facility, any medical professional for as long as you live? And paying less for it than you do now for private insurance that restricts where you can go and who you can see. And no deductible.
Some Americans, like me, believe that access to health care is a right. We can have it with private doctors and hospitals, freedom to choose a facility, no deductible and pay less than we do now. How? Single-payer health care. We all go in together, pay a tax rather than private insurance premiums. Everyone. And we pay less for care and medications. Check out www.pnhp.org and www.hcao.org. Not convinced? Go sit in an emergency room and see people with symptoms of undetected, untreated illnesses that could have been handled earlier with less anxiety, danger and expense.
We pay about twice what any other developed nation does and we die sooner from preventable illness. We can do better.
City should cut costs, not impose more fees
It just never stops with politicians who have an unending need to raise taxes to pay for new projects.
The state of Oregon is increasing gas tax to repair roads and that money will no doubt be spent mainly in the Portland area. Now the city of Roseburg wants to create a city gas tax to repair its roads. In some areas, drivers can just purchase gas outside the city limits. In Roseburg, most of the gas stations are in the city limits, so non-city residents will be paying for repairing city streets.
The survey that the city did no doubt included only city residents who think it will be great if others pay the tax to repair their streets. Why doesn’t the City Council look into street fees that would tax only city residents to repair their streets?
I know lots of cities in Oregon have gone the way of fees to get around the tax limitations imposed by the state. For instance, one city that I am familiar with has a street fee, a park fee, sewage fee and a couple of other fees added to its water bill. When you are retired on a fixed income, everything goes up except your income. Seems to me these governments need to work on cutting costs instead of raising fees all the time.
If Roseburg really wants an accurate survey of what people think of their gas tax, they need to talk to all of the people who will be paying the tax, not just city residents.