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BJW (Anonymous) says...

It seems to be a theme these days with the Republicans trying their darndest to harm the poor so the rich can have more. Unbelievable that so many are going along with this scheme. I'm grateful that we live in Iowa, where there is no sales tax on groceries. The state also expanded Medicaid, although with a Republican controlled Senate and House, it's been "privatized". That's not worked so great at saving the state all the money they claimed it would. But at least, you can get healthcare here. I do not regret leaving Lawrence 13 years ago because we can spend our retirement in a state that cares for it's poor more than Kansas ever did. Too bad. If we could have the same deal we have here, we would never have left. I have kids and grandkids there.

BJW (Anonymous) says...

Ditto!!

BJW (Anonymous) says...

I will be caucusing for Bernie Sanders here in Iowa. Of ALL the candidates, on either side, he is most closely aligned with the average American. The media bloviators have no clue. They never saw Barack Obama coming either. Both times! I am so glad we left Lawrence nearly 12 years ago. Kansas has become an even more heartless place for the vulnerable.

BJW (Anonymous) says...

Well stated, Fred.

On Editorial: Medicaid barriers

Posted 5 January 2016, 9:27 a.m. Suggest removal

BJW (Anonymous) says...

Thank you, James! I just about choked on my tea (yes, I drink tea) when I read about the "escalating personal attacks" on Conservatives. In the real world that I inhabit, the "escalating personal attacks" have been directed at this president and anyone who supports him. I have followed Fox (not) News website daily and have yet to find a positive news story on the Democrats, no matter how good it is for the country. Not one. They have managed to put a negative spin on any good news. So, did they really think we wouldn't stand up and fight back eventually? If they looked at history, they would see that we have and we will again. How the heck do they think we got Social Security, Medicare, 40 hour work week and so on. Add ObamaCare in there and it's obvious who cares for the American people now. Throwing a hissy fit and stomping their feet, won't change a thing. We are not that America, never will be because we do care about the general welfare of all citizens. Citizens=Humans.

BJW (Anonymous) says...

What never gets mentioned on the right is the fact that Congress cut the budget and refused to allocate money for extra security at foreign embassies. There is no there there. This is just another witch hunt because they've got nothing else. Unbelievable ignorance and hatred for this president is blinding them to the facts. And the rest of us sit by thinking they will eventually shut up. I've got news for my liberal, progressive friends, we must be as loud and demanding as they have been. I am an American and I have a voice too. I choose to use it to stand up for the really important things. Food for the hungry, Shelter for the homeless, Education for all, Health Care for the sick, Jobs for the jobless & help for the Veterans. The squeaky wheel is getting greased. We need to do some squeaking ourselves. I am. I love my ObamaCare too.

On Editorial: Benghazi questions

Posted 4 April 2014, 9:57 a.m. Suggest removal

BJW (Anonymous) says...

Imagine, if all the millions of people who approved of the health care law, stood up for it. Oh, wait, we did that at two elections and voted for a president who signed it into law. We will need to step up our game if we want to keep it. The GOP keeps shooting their mouths off and vote to repeal the law, yet have no plan to replace it. I, for one, love my ObamaCare, here in Iowa. Shame on those states that did not expand Medicaid. They are just downright cruel, in my opinion. I am so glad we left Lawrence nearly 10 years ago. We still have kids living there, so we visit. Shame on those who aren't speaking up. We have freedom of speech too and the right to scream at the top of our lungs for the vulnerable, who have no voice.

On Letter: Obamacare benefits

Posted 31 March 2014, 10:02 a.m. Suggest removal

BJW (Anonymous) says...

Well said, Lisa. I agree that Lawrence has lost the most thoughtful, caring person they could hope to run Headquarters. Finding a "replacement" will not be an easy task. I didn't think I would see the demise of Headquarters in my lifetime. Thank you, Marcia, for all your years of caring for anyone who called or needed help. I am proud to be a former Headquarters volunteer. I met my husband while I was there. The community must come together to save this valuable place. It started humbly and maybe it can be revived. I am hopeful.

On Letter: A big loss

Posted 29 November 2013, 9:15 a.m. Suggest removal

BJW (Anonymous) says...

As a former volunteer, I am deeply saddened to learn that Marcia has been let go. She was there for me when I was in my depths of despair and coaxed me back to sanity. She is the reason I co-founded a non-profit for the poor here in Iowa seven years ago. Her down to earth style and empathetic attitude has made the difference for thousands. I am a Headquarters Survivor and I have the shirt to prove it. I love you, Marcia and shame on the Board for their failure to have a vision.

BJW (Anonymous) says...

Leslie, we are also recipients of SNAP. I spend my time helping the poor understand how to live better on less. The rich do not have a problem with being given help in the form of subsidies, but begrudge some from even eating. To hear them tell it, one would think they want them to just go away and die. More for them to have. I know for a fact that there are many reasons for poverty and it is unfair to paint an entire population with the same brush.
The recession isn't over for many who were at the bottom of the pile already. The folks who come in our door have been trying. When unemployment runs out and you can't get another extension or get hired, what are you supposed to do? In a rural community it is even more pronounced. For some of these people, SNAP is ALL they have. Believe me, they are grateful.
Some folks are waiting for SS disability to kick in. That can take years and even if at the end you get a large check, that won't feed you today. I can go on and on with the various reasons someone would need the help SNAP provides but this is Kansas and I left there for good because we could not afford to live there any longer.
There will always be some who abuse a program, but the vast majority needs it legitimately. They should not be "punished" for the actions of a few. The reality is that the folks who are getting help would rather be able to provide for themselves. Watching a grown man or woman cry isn't easy to see. It's degrading and inhumane, in my opinion.

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