We have those rights
On Friday, June 8, Stand Up For Religious Freedom rallies were held across our nation. These rallies were held in protest against the health and human services mandate that requires all employers to carry insurance coverage for artificial contraceptives, including abortifacents, surgical sterilizations and the abortion pill RU486. In requiring this, it will force all religious employers to either violate their consciences or pay heavy fines if they don't comply with it.
It is the first time in our nation's history that those we have elected to office, which gives them power over us, are trying to use that power to force us to violate our consciences.
It is not the business of those elected by us to deprive us of the freedoms God gave us, our forefathers left us and many brave men and women have died defending.
If we, the people, want to retain our freedom of religion, we need to take action. Let's join public rallies, sign petitions, write letters, and most effective of all, use our vote this November to let those in office know whether we are satisfied with how they are running our country, or not. We still have those rights.
Barbara S. Coger
Mitt Romney would have us believe that the unemployment problem would be solved if only the Democrats would get out of the way. Let us assume for a moment that he might be right. What would all these millions now unemployed be doing?
Since he opposes more government jobs and the taxes to pay for them, he must be talking about private sector jobs. Is there a shortage someplace? Not enough cars, phones, guns, opioids, movies, beer pubs, Realtors, or whatever? No, there isn't and that's what the president meant by saying the private sector was doing all right.
Romney should be asked to specify what jobs he is talking about. That question alone would expose the hollowness of his assertions. Romney should know, better than most, that rich investors put their money into financial instruments, not jobs.
More than ever workers are needed in the public sector — police, teachers, infrastructure, medical care, food inspection, education, renewable energy, etc., but that requires increasing revenue.
R. E. Reinert
The tip of the iceberg
In January, 2011, a lengthy report by the House Budget Committee on the economic consequences of the Affordable Health Care Act cited the cost for the United States at $2.6 trillion, when completely implemented. Within ten years, $701 billion would add to our deficit.
Mind-boggling costs to taxpayers.
The National Federation of Independent Business reported that an elimination of 1.6 million jobs could occur — mostly small businesses. Americans for Tax Reform and the Beacon Hill Institute reported that between 120,000 and 700,000 jobs would be lost within 10 years.
In my opinion, health care reform can be provided when it is not controlled by bureaucrats, uses common sense and promotes competition. Recently, Dr. Ami Siems, a family physician for 20 years, televised her serious concerns that the Care Act would come between her and her patients. Like Dr. Siems, many physicians oppose (ask them) the Act. As a seasoned, experienced registered nurse, I also oppose it.
Governmental regulations would be overwhelming. There is no assurance that we would keep our same physicians or insurance plans, so many unknowns in the multi-faceted Affordable Care Act.
This is just the tip of the Affordable Care Act iceberg. Remember at election time.