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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 27: Insurance coverage, marijuana and a lot more



Evaluate insurance coverage plans just before signing up

It is Medicare insurance coverage signup time, and the insurance coverage businesses are aggressively marketing. Check the Far better Small business Bureau (BBB) web-site for their ratings just before you sign up.

I have an “benefit” PPO plan my sister stayed with Medicare with supplements. She pays a small a lot more per month but comes out significantly improved, with no networks and all hospital expenses paid. My charges per day for hospital stays are $300 per day, and I get turned down regularly for some of the a lot more high-priced tests, such as MRIs.

It is finest to study and examine the advantage pages of the “strategy.”

J.A. Dyer, Springfield

Aldermen wisely use details for health-related marijuana buffer zone choices

I have to give some props to the Willard Board of Aldermen right after their meeting Tuesday evening.

Missouri voters authorized the health-related marijuana amendment final year now municipalities have to figure out how that functions inside the city limits.

In Willard, the board decided to maintain a buffer zone about schools and day cares exactly where health-related marijuana dispensaries are not permitted, equivalent to guidelines that govern bars and adult entertainment.

There are pastors and churchgoers in Willard who are upset that areas of worship are not integrated in that list of sensitive areas.

And they created that displeasure recognized at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Their arguments had been primarily based on an uneasiness about a drug that has been illegal — 1 buffer proponent known as it “the basic reputation of marijuana” — not any actual harm that may possibly be felt simply because of a nearby dispensary.

The aldermen rightly decided to maintain the law as it was — devoid of a buffer about churches.

Some of the aldermen mentioned it did not make any sense to place a buffer zone about schools and day cares, either.

They are ideal about that, also.

They also reminded the audience that the people who are receiving health-related marijuana have health-related situations and prescriptions, so a dispensary ought to be treated no differently than a pharmacy.


Some of the aldermen shared really private stories about household members who have benefited from medicinal use of marijuana.

So once again, kudos to the board. They looked at the details, created a selection and stuck to it simply because the details hadn’t changed.

I like it when lawmakers make choices primarily based on details and not feelings, do not you?

Dave Gragg is a Republic resident, Springfield small business owner and Democratic candidate for the 130th district in the Missouri Residence of Representatives

Anti-Trump media refuses to acknowledge his accomplishments

Your write-up “The silence of the Republicans speaks volumes” is small a lot more than a lame try to shame these who do not agree with you or the now new radical Democrat Celebration. Attempting to label folks who voted for and assistance President Trump as somehow becoming unpatriotic is shameful in itself, so you ought to be ashamed. When you can not win at the ballot box, you disparage the president and these who voted for him. Sorry to burst your bubble of hate, but it will not operate.

You cherry choose the points you do not like about President Trump but nary a mention about all the wonderful points he’s completed for this nation. Like the wonderful economy we now have, wages up, unemployment down, welfare rolls down, illegal immigration down, USA now respected about the planet, a significantly improved-ready military, new improved trade agreements that advantage Americans alternatively of foreign nations. And a lot a lot more.

We patriotic Americans voted for and wholeheartedly assistance President Trump simply because he’s 1 of the handful of elected officials who kept his campaign promises and is creating “America wonderful once again.”

It is seriously sad what the do-nothing at all radical Democrat Celebration has come to be. No legislation to advantage Americans, obstruction of every thing President Trump does attempting to aid make America and Americans lives improved. Manufactured accusations to generate crisis right after crisis. All the do-nothing at all Democrats have completed is commit 100% of their time attempting to undo the 2016 election. Believe about it Democrat voters, is this what you elected these folks to do? Nothing at all that aids you or any person else in this nation? You are the ones who ought to be possessing second thoughts about who you vote for in the subsequent election. Do you want a lot more of do-nothing at all or a person who tries to make all Americans lives improved?

Consequently, we voters, and not the liberal radical media, will choose who we want to assistance. And for now it really is unquestionably going to be President Trump who will “Preserve America Excellent.”

Gary Gardner, Springfield

Scott Jennings also harsh on Elizabeth Warren relating to marriage comments

Scott Jennings’ Thursday editorial was specifically unfair to Elizabeth Warren. When asked, “Let’s say you are on the campaign trail and a supporter approaches you and says, ‘Senator, I am old fashioned and my faith teaches me that marriage is among 1 man and 1 lady.’ What is your response?” “Then just marry 1 lady. I am cool with that.” Warren mentioned, and she later added “assuming you can discover 1.”

I agree that Warren mentioned adequate devoid of an addition which could be interpreted as insulting. But she in no way mentioned that the hypothetical man was from a rural region or from  “middle America,” and she definitely did not imply that this hypothetical supporter was “ugly.”

Let’s stipulate that virtually all politicians say points that they ought to reconsider, but ideal now we only have 1 politician who in no way reconsiders something he says, and who deliberately and not accidentally insults folks personally, and that is President Trump.

Gary Wright, M.D., Springfield

Administrator-teacher salary disparity also massive

Your write-up in the Oct. 13, 2019, newspaper about the Fordland College program was informative and inspiring. Even so, I wonder if there is a misprint about the salaries. Certainly it can not be correct that the administrators make twice as significantly as the typical teacher’s salary! If this is correct then I can see an effortless way to lessen taxes.

Despite the fact that I am not a resident of the Fordland district, I suspect this sort of salary disparity exists in other Missouri college districts.

Seriously, do the paper-pushers seriously merit twice the salary of the front-line folks?

Pegge Hertzfeldt, Branson West

Trump’s impulses lead to Syria crisis, break with allies

Your Oct. 18 editorial — “Trump Plays with Matches in Syria, and a Conflagration Erupts” — rightly describes the president’s behavior as “erratic, impulsive, and ill-informed” and notes this has developed a complex crisis in Syria. Trump represents an intense aspect of the pro-small business branch of the Republican celebration. As such, he’s been thriving in deregulating, cutting taxes on the wealthy and corporations, and putting conservative judges in the judiciary.

But Trump does not look to embrace any ideals or beliefs. He’s managed to satisfy some Christians by opposing abortion, gay rights and so forth. But from exactly where I’m standing — as a Christian and a Democrat — Trump does not look to subscribe to any core Christian beliefs.

That brings us to the military. Ahead of the crisis in Syria, Colin Powell was saying existing U.S. foreign policy is in a shambles. As I create, Admiral William H. McRaven, former commander of the United States Unique Operations Command, has penned a New York Occasions editorial (Oct. 17) in which he describes an encounter at a military ceremony: “As I stood on the parade field at Fort Bragg, 1 retired 4-star basic grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, ‘I do not like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic.’” A huge, idealistic view of America’s spot in the planet is the bread and butter of the military. Trump has been aligning himself with despots like Turkey’s Erdogan, whilst insulting our democratic allies. He could have gotten a cease-fire from Turkey, but that does not modify the reality that he betrayed our allies, the Kurds, and let members of Isis go free of charge. The American president is our public face in the planet, and below Trump, the spot of the United States in the planet has been steadily sinking. Trump’s lack of ideals and principles could generate a crisis inside the Republican Celebration, and that crisis could come from the military.

Cynthia Erb, Springfield

Fight for LGBTQ+ rights continues beyond identical-sex marriage legalization

October 12 was Springfield’s annual Ozarks Pridefest. Immediately after seeing my fellow LGBTQ+ people marching for our ideal to reside out and proud in society, I began to consider about what assured legal rights the queer neighborhood has currently.

Exact same-sex marriage was legalized in June of 2015, not that extended ago. In 4 years not significantly has changed. Queer people about the United States have handful of protections other than the ideal to marry. Housing discrimination against queer and trans people is nonetheless totally legal in Missouri, as is workplace discrimination. Trans people nonetheless do not have quite a few simple protections, such as the ideal to use the appropriate bathrooms for their gender. Not to mention sexual education in public schools is nonetheless abysmal and aggressively heteronormative. The list goes on.

What I’m attempting to say is this: just simply because identical-sex marriage is legal does not imply that the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is more than. We have grown complacent. Fellow leftists, we did not quit our fight for the rights of folks with disabilities just simply because the ADA was passed in the 1990s. We did not quit advocating for the rights of folks of colour just simply because the Civil Rights Act was passed in the 1960s. Consequently, we ought to not quit championing LGBTQ+ rights just simply because identical-sex marriage has been legalized the fight is not even close to becoming more than.

These are not the troubles of the previous, these are points taking place ideal now in our neighborhood. We want to discover strategies to use our voices to place an finish to discrimination, as soon as and for all.

Sarah Fuller, Springfield

Trump’s dictatorial behavior causing decline of U.S. democracy

All Americans who have even a scintilla of understanding of American civics and history know the creed that “No Man is Above the Law,” yet that would be news to Donald Trump and his lawyers, who have argued in numerous legal circumstances that as president he is immune from criminal investigations and prosecutions. One judge stated that Trump’s position is “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values” and “would constitute an overreach of executive energy.” Trump’s Justice Division insists he can not be indicted for something. Trump has also insisted that Congress can not investigate any of Trump’s actions and that there ought to be no congressional oversight. On October 23, Trump’s lawyers argued in the 2nd District Court of Appeals in answer to a query from a judge as to irrespective of whether Trump could be arrested right after murdering a person in public on a street, and continued to kill folks, even stopped by the police. Trump’s lawyers mentioned, “no.” This is how low we have come below the tyranny of Donald Trump. Even a lot more disturbing is that Trump’s supporters agree with this.

Democracies die when would-be dictators thwart oversight and energy of the judicial program, law enforcement and legislative oversight, leaving the dictator in total handle of the mechanism of governance. We are witnessing that with Trump. He has an lawyer basic who refused to even open a criminal investigation into the Ukrainian affair involving Rudy Guiliani and his Russian thugs. Trump has Russian mob cash flowing into his campaign efforts, which has extended been a supply for Trump’s private and small business finances. And following Putin’s mandate and orders to him, Trump is carrying out his finest to attempt and destroy and corrupt the nascent democracy of Ukraine that is actually below attack by Putin’s Russia.

Trump’s attack on the media is straight out of the dictator’s playbook. In Russia there is no free of charge press Trump desires the identical right here. He attacks any inquiry into his economic affairs and actions. He is betraying the really notion of “Rule of Law” in the U.S. On “draining the swamp,” he has filled his cabinet with lobbyists who have a economic stake in the really departments they are supposed to oversee. He is blatantly profiting personally from choices he tends to make as president and funneling taxpayer monies into his pockets. He is promoting America’s organic sources to his favored campaign contributors and reaping the rewards that is known as bribery in most democratic realms. We are witnessing how a democracy can die.

James Fossard, Springfield

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