published Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Obamacare sign-ups behind and other letters to the editors

Obamacare sign-ups behind

I was intrigued by the Associated Press article on page A3 of the Dec. 30 edition with the White House trumpeting the recent sign-ups for Obamacare. Wow, one million, and it only took two months. Odd. The dateline was shown as Honolulu, the very place the president is spending our money on vacation. Let's see, with 43 million to go, it should only take how many months? You do the math.

STEVE BERNTHAL, Blairsville, Ga.

Climate change, and world history

Having reviewed the body of work of Professor Marilyn A. Brown, I found she has collaborated on or lent her name to numerous research projects of others and shared the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting climate change. The research efforts she has participated in are focused primarily on politics of science and energy which seamlessly promotes climate change as a phenomenon created by man's habitation of Earth while practically ignoring the climate changes that occurred before the industrial revolution. Her theories on climate change are biased as they do not address world geography over thousands and millions of years that show the undulating trends in weather change and catastrophic events that has resulted in floods, ice ages, deserts and rain forest which have in some cases resulted in annihilation of plant and animal species and civilizations.

JAMES E. BANKSTON, Florence, Ala.

Raise won't go very far

The University of Tennessee is patting itself on the back for raising the hourly rate for some of its workers to $9 an hour. If you will examine some figures I have interpolated, you may reach a different conclusion concerning the probability of being able to make ends meet with an annual salary of $17,280 ($9/hour, $1,440/month): $7,200 rent, at $600/ month; $3,456 federal income tax (20% of $17,280); $2,400 individual insurance ($200/ month); $2,100 household utilities: heating, air conditioning, electricity, water ($175/month); $1,500 gas for car (paid off): $3.10/gallon, 20mpg, 10,000 miles annually; $1,500 car insurance ($125/month); $720 phone ($60/month); $600 car maintenance ($50/month); $19,476 total.Note that the budget is already $2,196 in the red, and there is no deduction for food. Is it any wonder that many have protested their wages at Walmart and McDonald's? What is puzzling is why many folks actually think others could thrive on wages less than $15 an hour. Go figure.


Consider Bible in context

In response to a letter from Dec. 28 quoting 1 Corinthians 6:9 and Romans 1:27, let's retain the full context of these verses by also considering 1 Corinthians 6:10-11: "Nor the thieves nor the greedy nor the drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." And also consider Romans 1:28: "Furthermore God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, haters, arrogant, and boastful." And immediately after, Romans 1:21: "You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself."

RENEE FORD, Chattanooga

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LibDem said...

Mr. BERNTHAL, Mr. Obama is president of the United States which includes Hawaii. Ask your teacher.

January 3, 2014 at 8:16 a.m.
LibDem said...

Keep sucking in the exhaust fumes, Mr. BANKSTON.

January 3, 2014 at 8:18 a.m.
conservative said...

RENEE FORD, Chattanooga:

You seem to be saying that if someone presents Scripture condemning Homosexuality they are then condemning themselves.

But that could not be the case if that someone was not a Homosexual.

Furthermore, by citing God's word on the matter you have inadvertently agreed that the Homosexual will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

January 3, 2014 at 8:26 a.m.
LibDem said...

conservative, I'm still waiting for you to say one nice thing about the Kingdom of God to indicate it's an attractive destination. Surely, air conditioning or landscaping or comedy clubs? Something?

January 3, 2014 at 8:56 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mr. Bernthal, the first 5-6 weeks of those first two months there was scarcely any activity due to the problems with the website, and everybody knows that. Most of the enrollment took place in the 2-3 weeks after the website was finally operational. To postulate that enrollment will continue to take place at the same slow pace of 1 million per 2-month period is ludicrous. But then, you wouldn't be able to make your argument if you stated the facts fully, would you? And we don't want cold hard facts to stand in the way of you Obamacare detractors who need lies and propaganda to make your case against the uninsured getting health care.

January 3, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Good points, Mr. Baker. If the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation it would be slightly over $10/hr. today. If it had kept pace with productivity it would be a little over $21/hr. The only reason $15/hr. seems like such a high wage to pay for unskilled labor is because we have lost sight of the real value of work. We have denied sufficient wage increases to blue collar workers to such an extent over the years that we are lagging far behind what a worker should be paid. Members of congress, white collar executives, and CEOs have never failed to grant themselves salary increases, bonuses, and substantial perks each and every year that have more than adequately covered the rate of inflation, all the while neglecting the low-wage workers. No matter the job, unskilled or not, if it is fulfilling a need in our society, that worker deserves to at least be paid a wage that he/she can live on without having to resort to government assistance or work 2-3 jobs just to survive.

January 3, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.
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