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WTF 1 year, 3 months ago on Moffat County Commissioners approve free health care clinic in Craig

Albeit I am not an economist; however, a clinic limited to county employees and dependents, cannot compete in an open market. They are limited in function, and by customer base. If TMH cannot compete with a clinic that cannot expanded its patient base without the county adding job, maybe they need not be in business. Maybe, just maybe, they need more of marketing strategy they “hey we’re on the hill.”

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WTF 1 year, 3 months ago on Moffat County Commissioners approve free health care clinic in Craig

I believe the term "free" clinic is not the best of terms. It is not free. The county is putting a medical staff on salary, and providing office space. The intent is not profit. A for profit clinic would defeat the purpose of lowering the county's self paid health insurance. Weekend and night hours do not effected a salaried medical staff. The fact that profit is cut out is what lowers the over all cost. It seems to be a more effective way to spend public money that was going to be spent on health care one way or another. If TMH feels this is a threat to their business, then they need to lower costs to be competeive; therefore lowering county wide health care cost.

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WTF 1 year, 3 months ago on Moffat County Commissioners approve free health care clinic in Craig

I believe the term "free" clinic is not the best of terms. It is not free. The county is putting a medical staff on salary, and providing office space. The intent is not profit. A for profit clinic would defeat the purpose of lowering the county's self paid health insurance. Weekend and night hours do not effected a salaried medical staff. The fact that profit is cut out is what lowers the over all cost. It seems to be a more effective way to spend public money that was going to be spent on health care one way or another. If TMH fells this is a threat to their business, then they need to lower costs to be competeive; therefore lowering county wide health care cost.

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WTF 2 years, 2 months ago on Letter: Obamacare beginning of socialized medicine

I think the first thing that needs to be addressed about socialized medicine is the definition of the term. Many seem to think that the sectarian moniker “Obamacare” is in fact socialism, and furthermore believe the liberals are overrunning the American way. Well, let us clarify a few things.

Socialized medicine, is a government run and government subsidized health care system. If you didn’t already know the US has had a government run and government subsidized health care system for quite some time, starting circa 1920. Our veterans, by definition, are stuck in a socialized medical system, an idea sparked by Abraham Lincoln in 1865. VA hospitals are government controlled, and funded.

The affordable care Act, is not the first act of its kind. It has been noted the FDR, at points in his presidency, was either going to be the last president or the greatest president. FDR started the New Deal as a way to pull America out of the Great Depression. FDR’s New Deal was supported by socialism, using social welfare to help the needy. Prior to this, needy assistance was left up to the States and for the most part religion. The Great Depression showed that the states and clergy could help some of the needy, but like anything in capitalism you need capital. When the States are broke and the churches are broke, who is left to help and protect the needy? (a fundamental outlined in the Preamble of the Constitution- “promote the general welfare”)

Prior to Obamacare, there are several individual mandates which were already in place. If you drive a car you have to have insurance. If you employee a certain number of people, you pay workers compensation insurance. If you work you pay for Medicaid, and Medicare. In Moffat County you even subsidize TMH (1.7 million). This is not an Obama idea, nor is it a new American era. Jefferson v. Hamilton happened at a point of American History when America was far more revoltist and unstable. The New Deal was instated in era of depression unemployment and hardship.

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WTF 2 years, 7 months ago on ACET commander presents 2011 report

Those would be next to your proper use of punctuation and Latin abbreviations hand book.

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WTF 4 years, 5 months ago on County coroner's race now contested

The Hatch act does not say state and local public employees cannot run for office, they just cannot receive federal funds, or have any supervisory, or allocation function to federal funds. The Hatch act does not say state and local public employees cannot run for office, they just cannot receive federal funds, or have any supervisory, or allocation function to federal funds. Meaning if the person has anything to do with a federally funded program they have to remove themselves prior to candidacy. Since a patrol deputy is paid out of the county's general fund and not predominantly by federal monies they are not under The Hatch Act. The act was a countermeasure to the big government machines of the 30's where public office was used to influence funding for political interest. The majority of it provisions are for federal employees.

The president and vice president are exempt from the act. There is still the Constitution which says congress shall not make laws prohibiting the people “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” some scholars of constitutional laws say this does give the people the right to run for office as long as de jure qualifications are met. i.e. minim age, and residency requirements

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WTF 4 years, 5 months ago on Ray Dubois: Help needed to kill HB 10-1365

Didn't we learn, oh,,, in the 1920's and 30s' that polarization of wealth was not productive, or a constituent of economic health

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WTF 4 years, 5 months ago on Ray Dubois: Help needed to kill HB 10-1365

Why can’t those from the east leave us alone. Western Slop Colorado has been the step child of Colorado for too long. There needs to be a change to green energy I understand that, but do it in away or at a time when you will not destroy small communities. We cannot take hard times, add more hard times and then expect good. If you’re going to convert to green energy go to the communities where fossil fuels are used and fund the transfer, or create incentives to help the community transition. To show up one day and say hey no more, is like in showing up in the middle of a baseball game, stealing the ball and replacing it with a football. We are in the energy game don’t come to our field and steal the ball unless you are going to replace the whole game, and keep the player. Enough people are out of work, this is not the time to displace more. Do it but do it in an economically sound way. Why does there have to be a punishment to fossil fuel sources, with no incentives to change to green? Look at the last time of horrible economics, the government poured money into infrastructure, e.g. roads dams power plant, ect.. Why are we not doing this now, wall street does not run this country hard working Americans do. Put more people to work and the economy will fix its self. Regulate wall street, and protect the consumer; the consumer will spend, the company will profit and the government will too. We look an consumer economics as laissez-faire, but corporations as “to big to fail”

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WTF 4 years, 6 months ago on Ray Cartwright: Traffic problem

Ray,

I disagree with you observation. During the closure there were no semi-related crashes, and the business in the area saw an increase in business. Your observations are skewed, due to the increase of truck traffic, which cause us to notice them more, in reality there is a high level of truck traffic down town all of which has to maneuver the S curves in 4th St by edging near the curb. The part of you opinion I do not understand is you seem to be concerned with safety yet the leading cause of death of people under the age of 25 is car crashes. 61% of fatal crash involving people between 16 and 20 were unrestrained. In 1994 it was projected that over 65,000 peoples lives were saved by safety belts (NHTSA). How can you be critical of efforts to enforce a law that saves that amount of lives? Maybe it is not just the police writing your teens tickets, maybe it is the one reminded to wear their seatbelt, that will save their life. I ask of you what did you do today to make the world better when you can answer that then you can be critical of others.

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