Letters: Jan. 2, 2014, Marijuana, property taxes, ACA
War on pot needs to end
In 1974 my dad was disabled in the coalmines. I was 14 and received permission to work at Shoney's in Beckley, and then the Beaver airport restaurant. At the age of 17 years and 4 months, I completed boot camp and became a U.S. Marine. At 19, I broke my ankle in the line of duty. I was inebriated and arrested at age 20. In 2006, I was in a car wreck; I was in a coma for two weeks. My hip was broken; I have seven screws in it. I have paid taxes since I was 14.
At one time I would have risked my life to defend our government. The same government that is now trying to make me out to be a bad person, a felon. On May 17, I was arrested (for only the second time in my life) for growing marijuana in my basement.
Dr. Oz has said that tobacco is 10 times more addictive than marijuana.
I am hoping that our Legislature will study the facts on marijuana, so this injustice being done to me, and many others, will stop, and not be done to anyone else.
Raymond Everett Burge, Jr.
Raise property tax rates to help schools
West Virginia college graduation rates might be better if the Legislature raised property tax rates on absentee landlords.
Increased property tax rates would help public schools with limited budgets. Improved public schools would send more and better-prepared students to college. Improved public schools would also help convince more industrial taxpayers to build facilities and create new jobs in West Virginia.
R. Terry Butcher
ACA will hurt doctors, everyone else
I just read a fantasy report. Froma Harrop has said that the affordable - more like unaffordable - care act is going to be better health care at less cost to the American people. First, doctors are no longer going to be independent professionals. They will be just like any worker who better not break a large company's rules or they are fired. They will be paid less money, and be far less motivated, and, frankly, work in fear of doing something, anything wrong. There will be a huge dropout rate and an even bigger shortage. Right now if you are ill you are admitted to three days in the hospital and then they get you out. Soon you will be lucky to go to the hospital!
The waiting time for doctors will increase beyond belief. A customer will truly be a number. Health care or any service or product has to really decline when the customer or patient does not pay for the service and or make their own choice about who their doctor will happen to be. It's only a matter of time!
As far as employers why would anyone want to go above 50 employees? The cost is and will be devastating. I would bet Froma has never owned or run a business, just a wild guess.