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Saturday, June 15, 2013
Divided highway should have a barrier
My heart aches for the horrible deaths of the two truck drivers killed in the horrific crash on Interstate 581 (“2 people killed after fiery crash on I-581,” June 13).
Other than the reported erratic actions of one driver who may have caused this crash, the deaths can be blamed on the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Had a forest of trees been planted when the highway was built, or reinforced guardrails been installed in the median, the accident might not have been deadly.
There is simply no need for innocent people to die on the opposite side of any highway due to no fault of theirs.
It’s all about money, but what is the total sum in dollars of that accident in emergency personnel time and in lost time due to the delays to thousands? For that sum, how many miles of a barrier could have been in place if VDOT had done it right in the first place?
E. DUANE HOWARD
‘Affordable Care’ makes insurance unaffordable
I work for a small business in Virginia. Part of my compensation is employer-paid health insurance. I love my job, and the pay is OK.
Last week, my employer-paid insurance cost tripled. Triple-cost health insurance for a small business is, oh, maybe you could say devastating.
Four bad years for a small business meant no profits. Now we face higher taxes and unaffordable health care. I will most likely lose my insurance and maybe my job.
Is this the Affordable Health Care Act in action? When I am uninsured and unemployed, will I then receive free health care and a welfare check every month?
I am not sure if I should hope so, or hope not.
I am sure that this Affordable Health Care Act does not seem to fit in with the American dream of free enterprise.
I do wish it was all just a bad dream. We did win the war against socialism some years ago. Right?
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