Voice of the people
ACA policy is good for citizens
In their zeal to judge poor people as "lazy" and condemn liberals as "Godless," some contributors to this opinion page take magical leaps beyond logic to demonize Barack Obama and principled Democrats.
It seems too many people, including the headline writers of The Herald-Dispatch, sheepishly try to distance themselves from our "controversial" president. In doing so, you deny life-saving information to people in need.
Take the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"). Three nonpartisan goals -- promoting prevention, regulating the insurance industry, and expanding coverage to more Americans -- morphed into "a government takeover of our lives," through the constant drumbeat of a hugely funded PR campaign.
What they don't want readers to know is that, thanks to the ACA, nearly 100,000 low-income West Virginians finally get coverage this year through Medicaid. Prior to the new law, one had be so far below poverty income even to qualify. This one piece of the ACA may do more to lift West Virginia families out of poverty than any other policy.
With more than three out of 10 young children in poverty here, reporting on ACA accurately means giving access to families who need this information to survive.
Cabell's roads are an embarrassment
I agree with your reader that the potholes in Cabell County are numerous and deep. This is very hard on the car as well as the driver.
I live in Wayne County, and they do a good job taking care of potholes and clearing the roads of snow and ice in our area. We need to realize that the type of weather and temperatures we are experiencing makes road repairs very difficult.
I was embarrassed for our state when two families had to stay in a Charleston hotel while their vehicles were repaired due to damage from potholes. One was even on an interstate highway.
We went out to dinner at a restaurant near the Huntington Mall. There was a pothole so large that my husband blew the horn before driving over it for fear that someone was down in it.
Donna M. Day
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