Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

January 27, 2014

GOP: Do what I say, not what I do?

— — I thought the following comments would be both interesting and, perhaps, inspire some of your readers to respond. The first three comments were found on a recent Huffington Post (Jan. 10).

“Doctor in Ron Johnston’s Anti-Obamacare Story Refutes Claim.” It seems Wisconsin Republican Senator Johnson claimed that the operation/procedure that saved his daughter’s life 30 years ago, “would not have been possible under the Affordable Care Act and its stifling regulations...” But the doctor (Foker), Johnson credits with the life-saving heart surgery seems to disagree.  “... Foker is not only ‘generally supportive of the Affordable Care Act, but contends that President Obama’s landmark health care law does not go far enough.”

“Jack Kingston Says There’s ‘No Such Thing as Free Lunch,’ But Gets Free Lunch All The Time.” Georgia Republican Representative Kingston recently suggested that “low-income students sweep cafeteria floors to learn there’s ‘no such thing as a free lunch.’ ’’ As a result of what he said, Savannah TV station WSAV looked at the “free lunches” Kingston himself has received as a member of Congress. For those interested,  it adds up to a lot of free meals.

With the recent state water disaster, I found this article to be ironic. “House Republicans Just Quietly Passed a Bill Gutting Hazardous Waste Legislation.” You really do need to read this article.

My last comment comes from the Hupffington Post several days ago. It involve the Democratic attempt to extend unemployment checks and the Republican demand that Democrats show how this will be paid for by budget cuts. Well, they didn’t require this demand of themselves when they shut down the government.

Thanks again for allowing the opportunity to express my comments.

Bill Skeat


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