Evaluate insurance coverage plans ahead of signing up

It is Medicare insurance coverage signup time, and the insurance coverage firms are aggressively marketing. Check the Far better Company Bureau (BBB) web-site for their ratings ahead of you sign up.

I have an “benefit” PPO plan my sister stayed with Medicare with supplements. She pays a tiny much more per month but comes out a great deal improved, with no networks and all hospital expenses paid. My charges per day for hospital stays are $300 per day, and I get turned down often for some of the much more highly-priced tests, such as MRIs.

It is greatest to study and evaluate the advantage pages of the “program.”

J.A. Dyer, Springfield

Aldermen wisely use details for health-related marijuana buffer zone choices

I have to give some props to the Willard Board of Aldermen right after their meeting Tuesday evening.

Missouri voters authorized the health-related marijuana amendment final year now municipalities have to figure out how that performs inside the city limits.

In Willard, the board decided to hold a buffer zone about schools and day cares exactly where health-related marijuana dispensaries are not permitted, related to guidelines that govern bars and adult entertainment.

There are pastors and churchgoers in Willard who are upset that areas of worship are not integrated in that list of sensitive places.

And they produced that displeasure recognized at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Their arguments have been primarily based on an uneasiness about a drug that has been illegal — 1 buffer proponent referred to as it “the basic reputation of marijuana” — not any actual harm that may well be felt for the reason that of a nearby dispensary.

The aldermen rightly decided to hold the law as it was — without the need of a buffer about churches.

Some of the aldermen mentioned it did not make any sense to place a buffer zone about schools and day cares, either.

They are ideal about that, as well.

They also reminded the audience that the people who are receiving health-related marijuana have health-related situations and prescriptions, so a dispensary should really be treated no differently than a pharmacy.


Some of the aldermen shared really private stories about family members members who have benefited from medicinal use of marijuana.

So once more, kudos to the board. They looked at the details, produced a selection and stuck to it for the reason that the details hadn’t changed.

I appreciate it when lawmakers make choices primarily based on details and not feelings, do not you?

Dave Gragg is a Republic resident, Springfield organization owner and Democratic candidate for the 130th district in the Missouri Residence of Representatives

Anti-Trump media refuses to acknowledge his accomplishments

Your report “The silence of the Republicans speaks volumes” is tiny much more than a lame try to shame these who do not agree with you or the now new radical Democrat Celebration. Attempting to label individuals who voted for and assistance President Trump as somehow becoming unpatriotic is shameful in itself, so you should really be ashamed. When you can not win at the ballot box, you disparage the president and these who voted for him. Sorry to burst your bubble of hate, but it will not perform.

You cherry choose the issues you do not like about President Trump but nary a mention about all the excellent issues he’s completed for this nation. Like the excellent economy we now have, wages up, unemployment down, welfare rolls down, illegal immigration down, USA now respected about the planet, a a great deal improved-ready military, new improved trade agreements that advantage Americans rather of foreign nations. And a lot much more.

We patriotic Americans voted for and wholeheartedly assistance President Trump for the reason that he’s 1 of the handful of elected officials who kept his campaign promises and is generating “America excellent once more.”

It is genuinely sad what the do-nothing at all radical Democrat Celebration has come to be. No legislation to advantage Americans, obstruction of every little thing President Trump does attempting to aid make America and Americans lives improved. Manufactured accusations to produce crisis right after crisis. All the do-nothing at all Democrats have completed is devote 100% of their time attempting to undo the 2016 election. Feel about it Democrat voters, is this what you elected these individuals to do? Absolutely nothing that aids you or any person else in this nation? You are the ones who should really be possessing second thoughts about who you vote for in the subsequent election. Do you want much more of do-nothing at all or somebody who tries to make all Americans lives improved?

As a result, we voters, and not the liberal radical media, will make a decision who we want to assistance. And for now it really is certainly going to be President Trump who will “Hold America Terrific.”

Gary Gardner, Springfield

Scott Jennings as well harsh on Elizabeth Warren concerning marriage comments

Scott Jennings’ Thursday editorial was specifically unfair to Elizabeth Warren. When asked, “Let’s say you are on the campaign trail and a supporter approaches you and says, ‘Senator, I am old fashioned and my faith teaches me that marriage is involving 1 man and 1 lady.’ What is your response?” “Then just marry 1 lady. I am cool with that.” Warren mentioned, and she later added “assuming you can obtain 1.”

I agree that Warren mentioned sufficient without the need of an addition which could be interpreted as insulting. But she never ever mentioned that the hypothetical man was from a rural location or from  “middle America,” and she surely did not imply that this hypothetical supporter was “ugly.”

Let’s stipulate that practically all politicians say issues that they should really reconsider, but ideal now we only have 1 politician who never ever reconsiders something he says, and who deliberately and not accidentally insults individuals personally, and that is President Trump.

Gary Wright, M.D., Springfield

Administrator-teacher salary disparity as well big

Your report in the Oct. 13, 2019, newspaper about the Fordland College technique was informative and inspiring. Nonetheless, I wonder if there is a misprint about the salaries. Certainly it can not be correct that the administrators make twice as a great deal as the typical teacher’s salary! If this is correct then I can see an quick way to decrease taxes.

While I am not a resident of the Fordland district, I suspect this kind of salary disparity exists in other Missouri college districts.

Seriously, do the paper-pushers genuinely merit twice the salary of the front-line individuals?

Pegge Hertzfeldt, Branson West

Trump’s impulses lead to Syria crisis, break with allies

Your Oct. 18 editorial — “Trump Plays with Matches in Syria, and a Conflagration Erupts” — rightly describes the president’s behavior as “erratic, impulsive, and ill-informed” and notes this has made a difficult crisis in Syria. Trump represents an intense aspect of the pro-organization branch of the Republican celebration. As such, he’s been prosperous in deregulating, cutting taxes on the wealthy and corporations, and putting conservative judges in the judiciary.

But Trump does not look to embrace any ideals or beliefs. He’s managed to satisfy some Christians by opposing abortion, gay rights and so forth. But from exactly where I’m standing — as a Christian and a Democrat — Trump does not look to subscribe to any core Christian beliefs.

That brings us to the military. Prior to the crisis in Syria, Colin Powell was saying existing U.S. foreign policy is in a shambles. As I create, Admiral William H. McRaven, former commander of the United States Specific Operations Command, has penned a New York Occasions editorial (Oct. 17) in which he describes an encounter at a military ceremony: “As I stood on the parade field at Fort Bragg, 1 retired 4-star basic grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, ‘I do not like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic.’” A massive, idealistic view of America’s spot in the planet is the bread and butter of the military. Trump has been aligning himself with despots like Turkey’s Erdogan, when insulting our democratic allies. He might have gotten a cease-fire from Turkey, but that does not adjust the reality that he betrayed our allies, the Kurds, and let members of Isis go cost-free. The American president is our public face in the planet, and below Trump, the spot of the United States in the planet has been steadily sinking. Trump’s lack of ideals and principles might produce a crisis inside the Republican Celebration, and that crisis might come from the military.

Cynthia Erb, Springfield

Fight for LGBTQ+ rights continues beyond identical-sex marriage legalization

October 12 was Springfield’s annual Ozarks Pridefest. Soon after seeing my fellow LGBTQ+ people marching for our ideal to reside out and proud in society, I began to consider about what assured legal rights the queer neighborhood has right now.

Exact same-sex marriage was legalized in June of 2015, not that extended ago. In 4 years not a great deal has changed. Queer people about the United States have handful of protections other than the ideal to marry. Housing discrimination against queer and trans people is nevertheless totally legal in Missouri, as is workplace discrimination. Trans people nevertheless do not have quite a few simple protections, such as the ideal to use the appropriate bathrooms for their gender. Not to mention sexual education in public schools is nevertheless abysmal and aggressively heteronormative. The list goes on.

What I’m attempting to say is this: just for the reason that identical-sex marriage is legal does not imply that the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is more than. We have grown complacent. Fellow leftists, we did not quit our fight for the rights of individuals with disabilities just for the reason that the ADA was passed in the 1990s. We did not quit advocating for the rights of individuals of colour just for the reason that the Civil Rights Act was passed in the 1960s. As a result, we should really not quit championing LGBTQ+ rights just for the reason that identical-sex marriage has been legalized the fight is not even close to becoming more than.

These are not the complications of the previous, these are issues taking place ideal now in our neighborhood. We need to have to obtain techniques to use our voices to place an finish to discrimination, as soon as and for all.

Sarah Fuller, Springfield

Trump’s dictatorial behavior causing decline of U.S. democracy

All Americans who have even a scintilla of know-how of American civics and history know the creed that “No Man is Above the Law,” yet that would be news to Donald Trump and his lawyers, who have argued in several legal instances that as president he is immune from criminal investigations and prosecutions. One judge stated that Trump’s position is “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values” and “would constitute an overreach of executive energy.” Trump’s Justice Division insists he can’t be indicted for something. Trump has also insisted that Congress can’t investigate any of Trump’s actions and that there should really be no congressional oversight. On October 23, Trump’s lawyers argued in the 2nd District Court of Appeals in answer to a query from a judge as to irrespective of whether Trump could be arrested right after murdering somebody in public on a street, and continued to kill individuals, even stopped by the police. Trump’s lawyers mentioned, “no.” This is how low we have come below the tyranny of Donald Trump. Even much more disturbing is that Trump’s supporters agree with this.

Democracies die when would-be dictators thwart oversight and energy of the judicial technique, law enforcement and legislative oversight, leaving the dictator in full manage of the mechanism of governance. We are witnessing that with Trump. He has an lawyer basic who refused to even open a criminal investigation into the Ukrainian affair involving Rudy Guiliani and his Russian thugs. Trump has Russian mob dollars flowing into his campaign efforts, which has extended been a supply for Trump’s private and organization finances. And following Putin’s mandate and orders to him, Trump is performing his greatest to attempt and destroy and corrupt the nascent democracy of Ukraine that is actually below attack by Putin’s Russia.

Trump’s attack on the media is straight out of the dictator’s playbook. In Russia there is no cost-free press Trump desires the identical right here. He attacks any inquiry into his economic affairs and actions. He is betraying the really notion of “Rule of Law” in the U.S. On “draining the swamp,” he has filled his cabinet with lobbyists who have a economic stake in the really departments they are supposed to oversee. He is blatantly profiting personally from choices he tends to make as president and funneling taxpayer monies into his pockets. He is promoting America’s all-natural sources to his favored campaign contributors and reaping the rewards that is referred to as bribery in most democratic realms. We are witnessing how a democracy can die.

James Fossard, Springfield

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