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Opinion Letters

When Hillary Clinton proposed a government-run, single- payer system to solve our health care crisis, Republicans responded by proposing a private insurance system based on an individual mandate. Governor Romney then adopted this insurance proposal for Massachusetts with great success. It was the conservative approach based on the free market and designed to save taxpayers from out-of-control health care costs. That plan was the basis for the Affordable Care Act; ObamaCare.

Conservatives hate big government, almost as much as they dislike big government deficits. Their plan attacked both problems. Private insurance companies ran the system and made a profit. Out-of-control health care costs were curbed.

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Take a moment and walk through a scenario that goes on in many households in our communities every day. A young single parent asks himself or herself a difficult question repeatedly, “I am only working part time and I have three young children who are anxiously waiting for Christmas Eve. I do not have money to pay the rent and put gas in the car to get Jay to the doctor, so how am I going to give my children even one gift for Christmas?” With economic hardships facing so many, even the working full time two-parent families are struggling to make ends meet. They may be your neighbors, family, or total strangers, but until you envision their struggle, it is a hard burden to comprehend. MPP Holiday Angels was created for this very purpose. To involve community partners, to network resources and to reach out to families in need during the Christmas holidays.

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So, let me get this straight?

1. It’s currently colder in parts of the U.S. than it is at the North Pole.

2. It’s currently colder in Winnipeg, Canada, than it is on the surface of the Planet of Mars.

3. A ship, retracing a route taken over 100 years ago at the South Pole, by a boat that did not get stuck in the ice, so they could bring more attention to global warming got stuck in the ice! After repeated attempts to reach them by several of the world’s largest ice breakers failed, these brilliant minds had to be airlifted out by a Chinese helicopter.

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The U.S. Marines are delaying their female fitness plan because more than half of female Marines in boot camp cannot meet the present minimum standards. "All the service branches are working on devising standards, training and other policies needed to open thousands of combat roles to women in 2016," USA-Today reported recently.

That literally means: compromises, accommodations, concessions, lowering, down-grading or diluting physical requirements and that's going to get people killed. However, in the "whatever it takes," encounter group mentality being forced on the military, at any cost, conscripts are expendable.

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