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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 The Florala News' editonal section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few restnctions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's person rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. Congress returns from its August recess on Sep- tember 5 and will have about 50 days in session to recover its credibility and deal a decisive blow to the Affordable Care Act, says Dan Weber, presi- dent of the Association of Mature American Citi- zens. "The Senate and the House essentially put the repeal and replacement of Obamacare on ice be- fore they left on a not-very-well deserved vacation and we can only hope that the ice melted during the dog days of summer. There's plenty of blame to share for the fiasco that evolved over the first seven months of 2017, and Senate GOP boss Mitch McConnell claims that the way ahead is unclear. But, I think that it's pretty darn clear: either the Republicans in Congress keep their promises or there'll be hell to pay come the mid-term elections. And, that does not bode well for the party or the nation," Weber said in a statement. The AMAC chief pointed out that Socialist Ber- nie Sanders has already begun to suggest, yet again, that "single-payer, government-controlled healthcare is the only way out of the mess we are in. And, he's got others, including Senators Eliza- beth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey, speaking out loudly in support of single-payer based healthcare. Of course, Repub- licans can easily block any such move-at least for the time being. But they'll just bide their time un- til they regain control of Congress and the White House or until the current Congress and White House put together an iron clad alternative." Weber added that we very recently got a glimpse of what a single-payer system has to offer when a British court insisted that an infant suffering from a rare brain disorder in a London hospital was de- nied the right to travel to the U.S. for treatment. Instead, the court demanded that doctors pull Editor, I am the maternal grandmother of the child struck by a car Monday, August 21st. The road where she was hit has a 15 mph speed limit sign and a children at play sign. This means slow down watch for children. People speed up and down this road daily and nothing is done about it. I have been given a ticket for a burned out head light, but Florala doesn't care about people speeding in resi- dential areas. Wake up Florala! /s/Vickie Martin Editor: Monday night at the Florala City Council meet- ing, the mayor stated that the City Clerk and oth- er office personnel needed to be cross trained. He even hinted that this was really brought to light recently when an unexpected illness caused an of- fice employee to be absent for an extended period. Apparently, he never realized that when this hap- pened, for two weeks the City Clerk and I were obviously crossed trained enough to get the bills out timely, close out and balance the month, take payments, open and close accounts, etc. We were even "cross trained enough", that we were able to im by Dr. Glenn Mollette October will mark the 16th year since Presi- dent George W. Bush announced the first strikes against Afghanistan. In June 2010 we surpassed Vietnam as the longest conflict in U.S. history. President Obama ended the combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014. But the U.S. and Afghani- stan governments reached an agreement to keep some American troops in the country even after the combat mission ended. Coalition troops re- main inthe country as well. Three Presidents now have their hands tied to Afghanistan. President George W. Bush addressed the nation from the White House to announce the first airstrikes in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. Obama made major prime-time addresses to an- nounce both troop build-ups and withdrawals, and President Donald Trump used his first prime-time address from the white House to speak about the war. The number of troops serving in Afghanistan has been approximately 8,400. We are going to extend that number past 12,000. We have lost 2,403 soldiers in Afghanistan. 2010 was the deadliest year losing 499 U.S. soldiers and 711 total coalition forces killed. By comparison 4,523 U.S. troops have been killed since the Iraq The Florala News the plug on the baby's life support system despite heart-rending pleas from the child's parents to let them try to save him. It should be noted that the parents were prepared to pay the costs of a trip to New York for treatment so there would have been no cost to the British health care system. The House did pass repeal and replace legisla- tion and the Senate ultimately decided to push for what it called a "skinny repeal." But that didn't pass when Senator John McCain cast a deciding vote against passage. McConnell now says that Re- publican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington are in negotiations to find a partial pathway out of the muddle. Alexander, who is Chairman of the Senate's Healthcare Committee, and Murray, who is the ranking member, say they will hold hearings when they come back from the recess to seek a bi-par- tisan solution. But, Alexander doesn't sound very optimistic that a deal can be reached. He says that the Democrats are not interested in tampering in any way with Obamacare. "All the Democrats want to do is throw more money at the problem," according to Weber. "I don't see why they don't build a free-market" solu- tion around the notion of an expanded Health Sav- ings Account proposal that AMAC has suggested. An expanded, tax-free HSA makes good sense and goes a long way toward keeping government out of doctor/patient relationships. There would also be less confusion among users who would have professional, independent agents to help them roll over their insurance plans into their HSAs in a seamless manner. Under Obamacare most people have co-pays and very high deductibles for medical services in addition to high premiums. Under our proposal, premiums would be paid through an in- dividual's tax free HSA. In addition, it would pro- train the new employee hired. All the while, we managed to do our jobs. I could not help but wonder, if an AP high school math teacher was out, was a first grade teacher crossed trained to fill that position. Maybe that same math teacher was crossed trained to fill in for the football coach when he was out. There are three distinctly different jobs in the City Hall Office. When the City Clerk's husband had sur- gery, we managed to keep things going until she returned. However, there are certain aspects of her job, we can never do. There is a lot of liabil- ity in her job and she has had specialized training for that responsibility. Each job is diverse and re- quires specialized education and training. In my opinion, the comments made by the mayor were a direct insult to the City Clerk and the office staff. The office staff has always managed to cover any job in the absence of another member. That is the VERY definition of "CROSS TRAINING". /s/Joy Taylor war began in 2003. The citizens of Afghanistan have paid a heavy price. Tens of thousands are thought to have died since 2001. The United Nations recently reported that 3,498 Afghan civilians were killed in 2016 alone and 7,920 were injured, making it the deadli- est year for civilian casualties since he U.N. began counting in 2009. At the half year mark of 2017 in July 1,662 there had been 1,662 deaths and 3,581 injured. Brown University has a Cost of War Project. The group estimates the total cost of the war to be $783 billion through fiscal year 2016. That num- bers swells to 1.8 trillion when factoring in long- term spending like veterans' care interest on debt, researchers found. One Congressional Research Service Report estimated the operational cost of the war in Afghanistan was $686 billion through 2014. When will it end? President Trump said he does not want to nation build but only stay long enough to eliminate the terrorists. If this is the plan then I don't think we will ever leave Afghanistan. There are always new terrorists being raised up. Chil- dren are being taught by ISIS and the Taliban to hate America, Christian nations and countries see AFGHANISTAN page 5 vide for visits to local doctors with no additional costs and all deductibles would be paid with pre- tax dollars out of the savings portion of the HSA," he explained. Weber said that low-income individuals and families would be covered under the HSA utiliz- ing government subsidies. The difference between their coverage 'under Obamacare and their cover- age under the HSA is that they would not have any copays and they would have funds they can use for deductibles. 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