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Anti-health care case nothing short of silly

The IRS is hiring convicted felons? Really? Is this a Batman movie? Are they breaking them out of prison too? (“Not all questions answered at Obamacare meeting,” Sept. 6)

Just who is Lynnette Brink listening to? Even Fox has some standards. A dog gets a microchip so you can get him back. People are not going to be jailed; they are going to be allowed to obtain health care even if they were born with a problem that would have not been covered before.

Brink is way, way over the brink. Sometimes we just hear what we want to hear.

For more than 100 years presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have tried to get affordable health care to the citizens of the U.S. It’s finally happened, and the opponents will fight it until they need it.


A little advice for Obama on the Syria situation

“President Obama urges Congress to vote conscience on Syria even if public opposed.” I have only a few words for the president I voted for: Stupid is as stupid does!


Jury Park pool a winner; the numbers prove it

The Sept. 7 Weekly Scorecard lists Jury Pool under Losers due to the current paint issues. In 2008 Jury Pool had 14,000 visits, generating $33,358 in revenue, and the parks department lost $64,909 operating the pool. And while there was a small tax increase to replace the pool, since reopening three years ago Jury Pool has had 102,261 visits, generated $561,787 in revenue, provided 61 summer jobs and currently shows a profit of $28,065.

When you purchase an appliance, an automobile or build a pool, a warranty is included. Even though the pool’s warranty expired two years ago, the park board negotiated with the insurance company to get more than 85 percent of the repairs covered.

We are all entitled to our own opinion, and mine is that Jury Pool along with the taxpayers of New Haven-Adams Township are winners.

MIKE CLENDENEN Superintendent New Haven-Adams Township Parks & Recreation Department

Disrespectful board marginalizing Ritz

I sent the following email to Dan Elsener after his disrespectful treatment of Glenda Ritz at a recent State Board of Education meeting:

Yesterday I watched much of the State Board meeting via live stream, and I was and am very upset by the disrespectful manner by which you chose to present the idea of a strategic planning group apparently without the knowledge of Superintendent Ritz. Since Ms. Ritz seemed to be completely blindsided by this latest power grab and by the Board’s unwillingness to entertain tabling the vote, I am left wondering if the whole plan had been decided before the meeting? With this action coming shortly after Gov. (Mike) Pence’s creation of his new umbrella agency, all of these moves appear to be more about marginalizing Ms. Ritz than about doing what it best for Indiana children. Since 1.3 million Indiana voters elected Glenda Ritz and since she is a career educator and since the members of the Board are all appointed by the governor, I wonder why in the world would there be such a concerted effort to put her in her place. With all of the recent scandals involving education in Indiana, I would think that the SBOE would want to be more circumspect and would want to have all of their actions to be transparent.