Northeast Times

Story Archive July 03 2012

Editorial: Victory for America

In the lead-up to the March 2010 passage of what is sure to become President Obama’s legacy, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, most normal Americans — i.e., Americans who are not members of Congress and who do not have deep hatred for Barack Obama — knew something was terribly wrong with the nation’s health care system.Mr. Obama did a rotten job selling health care reform to a skeptical nation. He should have used his bully pulpit — the presidency is supposed to be the most powerful, most influential position in the nation and much of the free world — to highlight the great parts of the bill. He should have crouched into the political gutter to verbally bash the contrarians, the naysayers, the folks who said Obamacare is socialism, including right-wing wacko Glenn Beck, who now is selling T-shirts that have a picture of Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the opinion upholding health care reform, with the word “Coward” beneath it.Mr. Obama should have taken to the television airwaves far more frequently to look Americans squarely in the eye and tell them what was in the bill. He should have insisted that all of the provisions in the bill go into effect two years ago, not two years from now, and that illegal aliens be ineligible for free health care.He didn’t do any of that, but still the law passed, no thanks to Republicans, and now, tens of millions more Americans will participate in, and pay their fair share for, universal health care. That includes the many elderly folks in Northeast Philadelphia who comprise one of the largest percentages of senior citizens in the nation, and whose lifeline known as Medicare will only be strengthened.It’s about time. Send e-mails to:

Letters to the editor: July 4, 2012

Happy birthday to America the BeautifulAs a former federal worker with 26 years of service at the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration, the Fourth of July, our nation’s 236th birthday, is an important day for me. I love the parades, barbecues, pool parties and mostly fireworks commemorating this day. Since the dawn of our nation, federal workers have played a significant role in America’s achievements.The contributions of federal workers will be very much in evidence this week as Americans prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Millions of Americans will check a weather report prepared by the National Weather Service, grill meat inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and flyin skies kept safe by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration.Others will enjoy time outdoors in our national parks, travel with children protected by car seats inspected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and visit post offices to mail letters and packages to loved ones serving in the military.My fellow federal workers and I are proud of the jobs we’ve done for America for the last 236 years. We wish you, and the nation we love, a Happy Independence Day.Gloria SpeerEast Torresdale