THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From our readers
Issue Date: July 19, 2017
Re: Healthcare Bill Worse Than Ever
Republicans hoisted their new Trumpcare 2.0 up the flagpole this week, hoping they could get 50 Republican Senators to rally around it. Unfortunately, it is even worse in many ways than the bill they refused to even vote on before July 4th.
The revised bill is considering a "Cruz Amendment' which allows insurance companies to sell stripped down insurance plans which cover very little but at a much lower price. This would force people with pre-existing conditions into policies that would be much costlier. Many people would be unable to afford coverage, especially those over 50 who could be charged five times the younger persons rate. Like a degree from Trump University, you would have a piece of paper and a lot of debt, but no job or viable insurance coverage.
This legislation is opposed by all major health organizations like the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association, etc., and also the AARP. It also has only a 12% approval rating according to a USA Today poll.
The worst part of the plan is that it guts Medicaid, which helps around 50% of children and also pays for much of nursing home care for the elderly.
There is really nothing to like about this bill except for tax breaks for the wealthy in the form of Medical Savings Accounts, which most people can't afford.
I urge you to call your Senators now and tell them to vote "No" on this irresponsible legislation. Your life may depend on it.
Paul A. Haupt, DO,
I'm writing this Letter to the Editor to the individual, persons or organization responsible over the 4th of July for placing small American flags along both sides of the road, from one end of the city to the other. When I drove into the city and saw all the flags lining the road, it brought a smile to my face and I thought how wonderful for someone to take the time to do such a grand gesture.
What you did by taking the time to display all of the flags was a celebration of the history of the United States, patriotism, a salute to our veterans and the men and women still serving and you made the City of Peshtigo proud.
Thank you again for caring and sharing. Please stop by Peshtigo City Hall or call 715-582-3041, so I can tell you personally what it meant to me.
Peshtigo Mayor Cathi Malke
After reading your front page story about County Tourism Promotion I find it interesting that some of Marinette County's upper management still want to make a part time position full time without knowing what the position entails or the long term costs. The tourism coordinator position has been part time (29 hours per week) position for a long time. Only one other county has a position like this in Wisconsin. This county likes to follow other counties so that alone should stop the thought process.
Of course by adding only 6 hours per week the position would be "full time" like 50+ other long time 35 hour per week positions in Marinette County. The new county administrator and county board chairman seem intent on representing the employees than the taxpayers. This is sad. None of the County Board members or County Administration reply to letters to the editor. Don't you wonder why? My guess is that the opinions in the paper are right on the mark for accuracy. What do you think?