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Voice of the people

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Competition would help water systems

The recent water main break in Huntington (boil water advisory issued in Huntington, Oct. 27, 2013) should suggest a need to rethink the status quo.

Change, including more competition with how the area's water systems are managed, must be put into place now to protect taxpayers and ratepayers from exorbitant utility bills and huge liabilities in the future.

A recent study by the National Taxpayers Union found that nearly a half trillion dollars in government expenditures could be saved over the next 40 years through the adoption of open procurement for pipe materials and better asset management. The Mayors Water Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors also has supported these proposals.

Public officials here and in communities across the nation should strive for water policies that deliver the highest possible level of accountability to taxpayers and rate payers.

Pete Sepp

Executive vice president, National Taxpayers Union

Alexandria, Va.

Obama has lied about many things

If you have your eyes and ears open, then you know that Obama has lied from the first time he mentioned Obamacare. His statements said "If you like your policy you can keep your policy." Period. And your premiums will decrease. The exact opposite is true. Now he says he didn't know and is trying to put the blame on the insurance companies.

What a joke. He didn't know about "Fast and Furious," where guns were sold to Mexican drug lords.

He didn't know about the IRS targeting those who are against them, but promoted the woman who headed that department. He didn't know about Homeland Security tracking phone calls and reading emails. Please tell me what he does know about how to run America, other than to hire his Chicago cronies to ruin the USA while he is running around telling lies to the American people.

What will it take for the Democrats to open their eyes on what is happening to this country, if he doesn't break our country by spending us into bankruptcy before his term ends?

Homer Campbell

Ironton, Ohio

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