The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports

September 17, 2012

Letters to the Editor: September 17, 2012

--
The Daily Star

---- —  

Gibson has gone after women's rights

After campaigning on a platform of jobs, the first three bills Congressman Gibson voted for in the House were direct attacks on women’s health.

Gibson supported: H.R. 1, that would have totally eliminated Title X funding for family planning and teen pregnancy prevention. It included an amendment that would have completely defunded Planned Parenthood.

H.R. 2. “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” would have allowed insurance companies to once again discriminate against women by charging them higher premiums or denying women care because of so-called pre-existing conditions, such as pregnancy.

H.R. 3, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” tried to redefine rape as “forcible rape” only, which would exclude statutory rape and women who were drugged or verbally threatened.

Paul Ryan’s budget passed with Gibson and 234 Republicans voting in favor of a Medicare overhaul.

The plan, Gibson voted for would have required our government to no longer directly pay health care bills for senior citizens. Instead, recipients would choose a plan from a list of private providers, which the federal government would subsidize.

Republicans insist that we can’t afford our commitment to Medicare, but we can afford $1.3 trillion in new tax breaks for the very wealthy.

There are some Republicans who have thought that we should have raised taxes to pay for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. However, Mitt Romney and every Republican in the House and Senate won’t dare say so, because that would violate the written pledge they have all made to Grover Norquist, who is a lobbyist for the very wealthy.

The voting record of the Tea Party-controlled House, suggests that it’s those conservatives, who are forcing their ideas down the throat of Congressman Gibson’s constituents. In the video link below, they seem quite angry about it: front.moveon.org/best-republic.

Jim O’Leary

Delhi

 

Rally coverage was disappointing

The Daily Star’s coverage of the anti-fracking rally in Albany was very disappointing. A small photo of a few people did not do the day justice. My 11-year-old daughter, who did not have to work or go to school that day, was present as one of the approximately 2,400 people who participated in the rally. They were not properly represented by your photo or your article.

It seems once again The Daily Star is trying to trivialize a growing movement of concerned citizens who are against the unsafe practice of hydrofracturing. This is real movement growing in number every day, our Daily Star should reflect the collective opinion of this nation’s citizens. Come on, Daily Star, don’t be The Daily Disappointment — represent the people, not the money!

Zena Gurbo

Gilbertsville