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|LETTERS TO THE EDITOR|
I wanted to thank the entire Cashmere School District for putting together the most awesome Veterans Day program I have ever seen. It had to be a monumental task to coordinate all 3 schools but they did a fantastic job. To see all the classes come out of the Vale dressed in red, white and blue carrying little flags was a sight to see. They lined Pioneer Ave to wave at the Veterans in the parade. Then the parade started with a Cashmere Fire Dept. firetruck followed by Middle School drill team carrying banners; the band on a trailer playing patriotic songs; jeeps carrying veterans; Ray Stewart Excavating, Lance Chipman Const. and Smith Excavating driving their trucks pulling flat bed trailers loaded with veterans; The Spirit of America Memorial and all followed by another fire truck all the way to the High School for an assembly for everyone. It is so important to teach our youth about the importance of supporting our Veterans and our School District proved that is happening. Cashmere can be very proud. Thank You to all and God Bless America!
Cashmere American Legion Auxiliary
I'm writing in response to one of your editorials in your Nov. 6 edition of the Cashmere Valley Record. The writer left out a very important part of Obamacare. He should have ended his liturgy of how wonderful Obamacare is as follows: "Whose subsidies are being paid for with higher premiums and deductibles for insurance that is neither needed nor wanted by young people, by folks who were very happy with their insurance but have been cancelled and forced onto the exchange with worse coverage, higher deductibles, and higher premiums, by people who are paying for benefits they won't use such as pre-natal and obstetrics, and with a 40 percent tax on insurance policies that people buy who actually take care of themselves, instead of relying on their neighbors to pay for their lifestyle." Not to mention adding over a trillion dollars to our national debt. My wife and I have worked hard and made personal sacrifices all of our lives. Out of necessity we purchased one of those "Cadillac" health insurance plans and pay for it without government assistance (imagine that). If we don't get cancelled and forced into Obamacare, in the very near future the feds will be charging us, and others like us, a 40 percent tax on the value of the plan. So for decades we sacrificed, planned, drove old cars, and we still live in our first home. And because of our efforts to be self-reliant, we get to pay thousands in additional taxes to support Obamacare and those who are "entitled".
Oh, and after all of that we can't receive any medical care that is not approved by Obamacare. One example is Seattle's Children's Hospital, one of the nations leading children's medical facilities. It was recently announced that treatment at this world class facility does not qualify under Obamacare because it is out of network. (www.seattlechildrens.org, click on 'media')
All we needed to better our health care system was tort reform, portability, and coverage for pre-existing conditions. The free market would then have necessarily brought costs down. But, then again, Obamacare never really was about better health care, was it? It's really about the control and redistribution of 7 percent of America's economy. Karl Marx would be proud.
I've done the math. Would someone please just send me the address of the family I'm supporting so I can send them the check directly? It would be much cheaper for us.
If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It, And Other Deceptions
In case you haven't been paying attention, you are being lied to, on an almost daily basis. We have a President that will tell you anything, made up or not, to keep you misinformed, right up to the abject failure of each and every program he wants to impose on us. It seems clear that if you want to work in this administration, you have several clear directives, "If it's not good news, I don't want to hear it, if you're involved in unconstitutional behavior, I don't want to know about it, and if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
As a late night comic once quipped, if his lips are moving, he's lying!
Here are a few quotes from this Hope and Change President, and some observations;
"If you make less than $250,000 your taxes will not increase". We all know how that turned out!
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States". The oath he took when elected President. How much preserving and protecting of the Constitution have you witnessed?
"If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." The planned destruction of American Enterprise and Exceptionalism.
"I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." Class envy, soak the rich, punish success; it worked so well in the USSR
"But I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking." That's how I feel about Obama's Affordable Care Act mess, that wasn't going to cost me a dime.
In addition, here are a few more "promises" made by President Obama;
Enforce a red line in Syria
Never rest until we catch the terrorists who killed our Ambassador in Libya
Go through the budget line by line, and cross out the waste
Establish the most transparent administration ever
Don't you grow weary of listening to Obama hold forth with one of his 15 minute answers during his infrequent press conferences, and then have to wait for his apologists to explain what he really meant, (as opposed to what you heard him say)?
Our fundamental problem is a Congress that for the most part doesn't read the legislation they support, and in many cases appear not to have read, nor respect the Constitution.
I am reminded of a BBC program "Are You Being Served?" The answer is a resounding NO!
Carbon tax needed
Some of us knew people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy a year ago this week. Fueled by ocean waters that were 5 degrees warmer than normal, it was the deadliest, most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, killing 285 people, leaving tens of thousands homeless, and causing $60 billion in destruction.
Hurricanes happen regardless of climate change, but warmer atmospheric temperatures affect their intensity and behavior. Scientists are 95% certain that Earth is warming due to our burning of fossil fuels, whose price does not reflect costs like extreme weather damage due to a destabilized climate. Who pays these costs? We do!
This week, Governor Inslee met with other Pacific Coast governors to discuss how to reduce our carbon emissions. One idea is to have a carbon tax. A revenue-neutral carbon tax placed on carbon-based fuels at the well, mine or port of entry that increases steadily each year so that clean energy is cheaper than fossil fuels in a decade would work (see www.CitizensClimateLobby.org).
Agriculture in the U.S. is heavily dependent on fossil fuels for running machinery and producing fertilizers and a carbon tax would increase the price of fossil fuels.
For farmers, however, the impact associated with a carbon tax is not nearly as great or volatile as other factors, especially if the tax starts low and increases predictably over time. Diesel fuel has more than tripled over the last decade and commodity prices, which determine the income farmers receive at any given time, are also a source of great volatility.
The impact of a carbon tax will be miniscule, though, compared to the impact climate change will have on future farm productivity. A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in February of 2013 predicts in the decades ahead that droughts and floods - made more frequent and damaging from climate change - will reduce agricultural output. We are concerned about less snowpack in the Cascades. The report also found that fighting insects and weeds will become more difficult, and higher temperatures will also make the productivity of crops and livestock unpredictable. Minimizing the agricultural impact of climate change will depend upon how quickly we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A carbon tax can also be an economic opportunity for farmers and ranchers as demand for carbon-free energy increases. Wind developers are leasing land from farmers to erect turbines, paying between $4,000 and $8,000 per turbine a year. Solar farms can also replace cropland that doesn't generate enough income from traditional farming.
Bottom line: The additional cost of a carbon tax doesn't compare to the increased volatility and severe "Sandy Super storms" that come with a changing climate. A gradually and predictably increasing carbon tax creates an opportunity for farmers to balance that volatility with steady cash flow from renewables that share land with their crops.
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