Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

November 3, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Questions  for Obama, Congress

I have a few questions for the president and members of Congress:

-- How much of my money — my taxes — was spent to set up the computer program to enroll for government health insurance?

-- What were the fines and how much of that money was returned because of the companies setting it up correctly?

-- How will we have to pay through our taxes to fix that program?

-- If I were the president or chief executive officer of a large company (United States) and I proposed a plan (Obamacare) that was approved by only 51 percent of my board of directors (the Senate and House of Representatives), I would make sure the all the Is were dotted and the Ts crossed before launching it.

If I hired a company to do the software for that item, I would have all kinds of fines if they messed it up, which they did.

If I ran my country (United States) like the president is doing, I would have been fired (replaced).

William D. Bunch, Ashland  

Kentucky offers little for needy

I am ashamed that Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell have no plans to raise the minimum wage, not just to remain competitive with California and Ohio, but to show respect for Kentucky taxpayers. 

Frankfort complains about having more and more SNAP benefits recipients.Well, do the math, college boys and girls in Frankfort. If you work 20 hours instead of 40 hours, it results in loss of income.

I’m glad Billy Ray Cyrus is proud to have come from Kentucky. I look at how he has been made fun of from day one and I now realize that the lady I spoke to from the Treasurers Office was right to agree with me. Kentucky must continue to live up to its name — Hillbilly, hicks in the sticks — we must forever be impoverished and we must live up to the name we have made for ourselves.

As far as Obamacare is concerned, it comes down to the rich not wanting to pick up for the 1 percent unpaid, but it’s OK to decrease SNAP benefits for the needy.

Lisa Hensley, Ashland

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