Your views: Panel discussion

6:16 PM, Sep. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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Tear it down!

... and another thing!

Manitowoc is a giant step behind Two Rivers because Manitowoc has not completed plans for the destruction of the Old Mirro Building (OMB) while Two Rivers has all but completed plans for the destruction of the Old Hamilton Building (OHB). The current owner, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Two Rivers have completed a hazardous material survey, identified companies interested in bidding on lead and asbestos abatement, arranged for disconnection of utilities, submitted salvage and demolition applications and arranged for irrevocable bank letters of credit. Meanwhile, Manitowoc has erected a "very nice," used chain link fence around the OMB!

... that's ridiculous, tear it down already!

Roy Geigel


Insurance jargon

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito noted last year that healthy young adults are spending an average of $854 annually on health care. Moreover, these young adults will eventually be forced into buying policies costing around $5,800, which mandates them to provide a huge subsidy to insurance companies to subsidize services that will be received by somebody else.

If these younger adults act in their own interests, many who won't do so, too few young people in an insurance pool means fewer healthier people to subsidize sicker people. Furthermore, cost and premiums will rise, which will lead to fewer young people signing up and costs going up even more. In insurance jargon, it's called a death spiral.

Vern Troullier


Citizen first?

It's easy to listen to the media and assume our problems stem from our government in Washington and its inability to govern, and not in our own living rooms. Why here and not there? Citizenship bestows rights and benefits, but it also demands equal responsibilities. We're all free to voice our opinions, but we are honor bound to find and speak the truth. It's a responsibility of citizenship. Truth, find it!

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these Rights Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the Governed ..."

That's you citizen! What are you doing about this mess in Washington D.C.?

Just me?

Ed Hansen


Giant step backward

The Republican effort to defund the Affordable Care Act is the poorest and final of several opportunities to eliminate this law. Opportunities were wasted in March 2010 (ACA passed), June 2012 (Supreme Court decision), and Nov. 6, 2012 (Obama re-elected).

This law is another giant step in the loss of our liberties because we surrender our personal choice of health care for our families. In addition, the government bureaucracy intrudes deeper into our lives when they take control of the $2.8 trillion health care business and 18 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Unfortunately, it will provide neither affordable nor improved health care.

John Goswitz


Who's right?

Horticulture isn't my long suit, but in my experience, first comes the fruit blossom and then each blossom is replaced with the tree's fruit. Every cherry blossom becomes a cherry, every apple blossom becomes an apple, and so on. Orange trees are apparently different. "Simply Orange" is currently running an ad campaign where they say: "Making orange juice is a business where the tree is the 'plant,' the sun is 'upper management,' the oranges are the 'workers,' and the juice is the 'product.'"

Pretty cute. They show ripe oranges hanging from a bright green tree, surrounded by white blossoms. Do oranges keep their blossoms? One of us is in error.

Les Graebel


Common sense?

Recently, two men legally carrying AR-15 rifles took a stroll through Appleton's farmers market. Police confronted them after receiving calls from concerned citizens. The men stated they understand that "some people don't like guns," as if the people who called were a bunch of whiny kindergartners.

Yes, we have constitutional rights, but let's use a little common sense! The First Amendment gives us freedom of speech, but we don't yell "fire!" in a crowded theatre or "bomb!" on an airplane. Similarly, the Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms, but there are locations we plainly should not openly carry them, especially the assault type.

And people wonder why there are more and more laws eroding our rights.

Carla Halvorson

Two Rivers

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