THINKING ABOUT HEALTH: Obamacare policyholders question rising deductibles
Is health insurance really affordable? That's the question thousands of Americans who signed up for policies under the Affordable Care Act are beginning to ask as third year open enrollment gets underway. A few weeks ago a 63-year-old woman, a reader of these columns, contacted me about the health insurance policy she had bought through the Illinois exchange. ...
Corporate Farming: Who Owns the World's Seeds?
This summer, agrochemical, biotechnology, and seed giant Monsanto dropped their bid to acquire their Switzerland-based competitor Syngenta. Initial merger serenades were sternly rebuffed by Syngenta, and Monsanto's interest turned into a $46.5 billion hostile takeover...
THINKING ABOUT HEALTH The Cadillac Tax Brings More Costs, Less Value to Your Health Insurance
More health insurance upheaval is coming your way. The value of your health insurance is shrinking, and you may be paying more for less this year and in years to come. Perhaps your employer has taken away the choice of plans with large provider networks and instead is offering those with a much narrower selection of doctors and hospitals. ...
Letters to the Editor
Thanks to those who give 'Power to the Community'
To the editor: The Power of Community wishes to thank its many generous donors to the auction and raffles we enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Power of the Community. We are so proud to be a part of such an amazing community! Auctioneers Chris and Brady Pell donated their services and made our evening so much fun through our live and silent auctions and raffle prizes. ...
Give thanks for our food
To the editor: As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, join me in giving thanks for the safe, wholesome and affordable food supply raised in our country. Most folks never get the opportunity to see where their food comes from, but the food at the center of your family gatherings and holiday celebrations likely started on one of the many family farms and ranches across this country...
An ISTEP article that makes sense
To the editor: Finally an ISTEP article makes sense! The 11-16-15 Opinion Page finally says something that makes sense to this "old" educator (student, teacher, principal, superintendent and 12-year school board member.) ISTEP is sucking the joy out of teaching and learning, according to Teresa Meredith and almost every educator I have talked to in recent months...
Overseas atrocities must end
To the editor: I am writing to thank Frank Phillips for his editorial in the 11-12-15 issue of The Brazil Times. His editorial about the prosecution of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland for trying to defend a young Afghan boy who had been raped (and the child's mother beaten) by a U.S. ...
'Power of Community' doubled donations from last year
To the editor: On September 24, 2015, an amazing event called Power of the Community happened at North Clay Middle School demonstrating the love and generosity of an entire community. The Power of the Community Steering Committee has many individuals, businesses, restaurants, churches, schools, and civic groups to thank. ...
Councilman-to-be thanks voters for their support
To the editor: I am grateful and want to thank all the people of Brazil City who came out to vote on Nov. 3, 2015. Especially the citizens of Brazil's 4th Ward for expressing their confidence in me at the polls. I am proud to be their representative on the city council and look forward to helping the city government become an even more effective partner in building a more prosperous and safer community...
Reader appreciates cable's opportunity to watch debates
To the editor: Thanks to NewWave Cable for allowing those of us who do not have Fox Business Channel on our schedules for broadcasting the Republican Debates Tuesday, Nov. 10. I for one was disappointed that I would not be able to follow this debate as I have all the others of both parties. Again thanks again NewWave, good neighbors...
Airplane needs restoration
To the editor: I live in Jackson Township southeast of Brazil. I go to the courthouse twice a year to pay my property tax. I always comment to the nice lady that takes my check how shameful it is that the historic F86 on the courthouse grounds is in such terrible shape...
Thanks for keeping the food pantry open
To the editor: A big thank you to everybody who helps to keep the pantry open and operating. It is a very challenging time for all pantries to be able to provide food, clothing and toys to help the people of Clay County. Without the support of many loyal individuals, Catholic charities, different churches and many organizations in donating food, toiletry items, clothes, and many toys to make someones life a little brighter...
Kreyton has impact on many
To the editor: I'd like to start by saying thank you to Mavery Bridgwaters and Joe Quinn ... what an inspiration to our little community. I have three grown children and I cannot even imagine what I would do if something were to happen to them, even as adults. I don't know the family personally, but to see what they are doing to no only keep their son's legacy alive, but to help students in our community is amazing...