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msa651 1 year, 8 months ago on Georgia should consider Medicaid expansion

For being a retired reporter, I would have expected more than just the typical talking points and maybe just a bit more digging in to the facts.

After the first 3 years as the standard talking point says, Georgia would be required to pay 10% of the costs, but you don't say where the State should get the money from. Nor do you even mention the fact that the State would have to pickup the entire cost of Admin, from day 1 I understand that this is quite a big cost. Again no mention of where the State will get the money for this again. The estimated cost in year 4 is over is 500 million to the State. Nor do you mention that if the state does not take up the expansion, the same people will be eligible for care through the exchanges, state or federal, where a large portion of the cost to the individual if not all the cost will be paid by the federal government. If it's a federal exchange then the state has no cost. Then there is the actual care, medicaid pays far less that medicare. Every provider loses money when they they take a medicaid person. Try and find a doctor today that will take medicaid or medicare. How about the shortage of doctors? Even the NY Times is now reporting, we have a shortage. the same people will end up getting less and poorer quality care than they should have.

No Mr Gordon, what sounds good on the surface, is not so pretty under the surface. The only thing you get with the expansion, is more government control over an individuals health care, not better care. People would be better off in the exchange buying insurance and getting a doctor that will except the insurance, that is if they can find a doctor that will take new patients.

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msa651 1 year, 11 months ago on Buffett sees future for newspapers

I can believe in a world without newspapers either. And if you believe in conspiracy's, then Buffett is only trying to control what people read.

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msa651 1 year, 11 months ago on Catholic leaders must dial down rhetoric

And you don't have to be Catholic to agree with the Bishops. How about stop making this a War on Woman and think, just maybe, this really might be an issue of Religious freedom?

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msa651 1 year, 11 months ago on Lee budget talks getting very testy

With flat revenue growth because of the economy, spending money on things that were either not needed or a waste, such as the lawsuit on the tax commissioner and 1 million of splosh for a conference center. All the lawsuit got was a moot.

What can you expect? Those 2 items would have covered the budget short fall.

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msa651 2 years ago on Now's the time to beat Citizens United

Now if you would include uniions too, you might have a point. Otherwise this is just one sided.

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msa651 2 years ago on America's love affair with firearms is national insanity

You just have to look at Albany, almost 100% of the reports where guns are used are by criminals. Think by restricting ownership would change that? Same old arguments that have never proved right in the past. Cities that have tried that have shown that the only ones with guns then are the government and the criminals. And the killings go on. When it takes 20 min for the police to show, you can only depend on yourself.

These same old arguments do work.

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msa651 2 years ago on The right's coup is a stealthy one

"mainstream journalism and mainstream moderates"? That must be anyone right of the far left.in a left controlled media. EJ is just so full of BS. Radical Tea Party? Noticed nothing about OWS. Good thing there is an Internet, people can find and read the truth, there is no longer a monopoly on information controlled by so called moderates.

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msa651 2 years ago on Lee garbage ordinance repealed

I don't hate the commission either; I disagree with them on some things. The garbage issue for one, they didn't ask, they didn't listen until pushed to. I totally dislike the spin they put out and numbers that don't jive with the facts. Example, they’ve said millions lost, 450k a year unpaid. 20% not paying and the only facts given where the list of people and amounts owed printed in the Ledger. Count the people, add up the amounts. Nowhere close to what the commission have said to the public. WF Griffin asked for and got the true numbers. They don't add up to what the commission has said. True nonpayment rates are only 2 to 3 percent. When I asked a commissioner and am told they never read the ordinance, I also have an issue with that.
The blame game, putting the problem on LeClaire Bryan and saying she is the problem is wrong also. When the only tool you give her is to take those who don't pay to magistrates court. Even with the nonpayment, the county is making more than 400k a year in profit over the cost of the service.
Should the county be in the business of making a profit on garbage service? Then let’s take the new ordinance just passed. Never seen before, not read, and skipped the 3 readings, passed in a wham, bam, thank you manor on only the explanation by Skipper all in a 10 minute period of time with a unanimous vote. After all that went before on the previous ordinance, you would think they would learn, maybe reflect on it a bit longer, try to understand fully all the implications in it before they pass it? Why the rush, sounds like Nancy Pelosi, pass the bill to find out what’s in it.

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msa651 2 years ago on Lee garbage ordinance repealed

There is dumping now. We now have 2 code enforement people. Anyone who allows solid waste to build on their property can be cited. The fines for this are much higher than what you get in magistrate court for nonpayment.

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