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Letter to the editor: Politics are not sports

To the editor:

When someone asks me why I support the Atlanta Falcons or the Kansas Jayhawks, my answer? I don’t know. I always have, so I just do. And I, like any other sports fans, will let my emotions ride with their success or failure. Why the attachment? Who knows, but it’s inconsequential. But, people are reacting the same way in politics. Why do you vote for Obama or Bush or ... Roy Moore? Because the family does? Because the community always votes that way?

It leads to situations like the race in Alabama, where some people on the streets were boiled down to simply shrugging as to why they still supported their candidate. They just did.

Have politics always been this way? More importantly, will it always be this way?

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Brock Masters

Yes and yes.

I will add, at least for me, it isn’t often who I support, but who do I oppose the least.

Most politicians do not represent the voters but instead act in their own self interest to get elected and rich. Most succeed - look at the number of multi-millionaires in Congress.

The only candidate ever not to lie to Americans and to put America first is Donald Trump. Of course, I’m just kidding and my vote was against Hillary and not for Trump.

1 month ago

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Lynn Grant

If you marked Trump's name on the ballot, you voted for Trump. Thanks a lot.

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Good letter. Too many people vote like this. Before the tea party revolution in the Republican Party, I voted a mixed ticket. If you count the Douglas County sheriff, I still do, but it used to be much more mixed. Attack ads and blind party loyalty is how people vote now, instead of getting truly informed (ignoring attack ads) and looking at the person, and not just their positions, but their life. No, let's not go back to rejecting divorced people, many good people are divorced. But definitely look at the situation around the divorce. Look at the work they have done for the community, paid or volunteer. If they claim to be religions, do they live their religion or are they hypocrites? Have they signed a loyalty oath to a political party? How much dark money do they get? Can they answer questions on topics with knowledge?

1 month ago

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Stu Clark

Project Vote Smart is a good place to get this kind of information.

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Richard Heckler

Judicial Watch is a right wing organization dedicated to spreading misinformation which demonstrates this right wing ALEC controlled GOP is in panic.

They know Trump is in a high danger zone. It is not IF Trump is going down the concern is how many will Trump take with him.

Yes this phoney GOP is in panic mode.

TRUMP is watching his empire crumble as a result of the many investigations under way which he brought on himself by jumping into the spotlight and his big mouth.

Though he is representative of this radical libertarian/fundamentalist team that subverted the republican party into a anti American agenda.

The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal

Here's the timeline you need to keep track of the controversy.

http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/...

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politi...

http://www.salon.com/2017/05/28/a-tim...

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Bob Summers

THE BIG LIST OF TAX-CUT PAYOFFS
18 companies announce bonuses, more pay, expansion

WASHINGTON – Before the ink was even dry on President Trump’s signature on the Republican tax-cut bill, corporate America was not only toasting it, praising it and celebrating it, but handing out money to employees like Santa Claus.

It started with AT&T expanding its bonus program to an additional 200,000 staffers getting $1,000 apiece.

Next came Boeing announcing a gift of $300 million in investment in its employee-related charitable program “to support our heroes, our homes and our future.”

Wells Fargo and Fifth Third Bancorp announced they would raise their minimum wage to $15 in the New Year, with Fifth Third kicking in an additional bonus of $1,000 to 13,000 employees.etc. etc.etc.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinio...

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Richard Heckler

America is not and was not praising the attack on ObamaCare. What nonsense.

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Richard Heckler

The essentials to Obama Care are still in tact. It's that simple.

People piss and moan about increases when in fact the insurance industry has been screwing consumers for 60 years at least.

There have always been increases which is why the insurance industry should resign. Any industry that floods campaigns with health care dollars and
hands out health care dollar funded golden parachutes like a drunken sailor should be out of business. Corporations that hand out golden parachutes and
contribute to campaigns should be ineligible for corporate subsides across the board.

However my proposal allows them to stay in business HOWEVER with a bit of competition on the table:

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE = voting on the entire package thus providing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU?

=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry for those who fear the word Medicare or phrase Single Payer after all it is their dollar. This needs stiff federal regulations that cannot be superceded by the states. Offer a fair tax dollar rebate at the end of every year. Sooner or later this group will enroll in single payer.

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth.
https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/s...

=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. Offer a fair tax dollar rebate at the end of every year.

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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