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To the Editor: Money speaks too loudly in national politics
Written by Joann Schiavone   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:50
There is a rush to Las Vegas for the approval of Sheldon Adelson, the world's richest person because he is so interested in courting a Republican candidate to back the 2016 presidential race. Four men rushed to Las Vegas to see whether they could arrange a quickie marriage. The four were our own Gov. Kasich, Scott Walker the governor of Wisconsin, Christie the New Jersey governor, and let's not forget good ole Jeb Bush, who has the experience on how to get money.
Oh, there will be more clowns from the party going to Sin City to ask for money. We call it pay-to-play. Let's not forget David and Charles Koch that are pouring tens of millions of dollars into the 2014 midterms in their effort to swing the election.
What makes this so sad is the ugly truth when it is quite obvious just how much the wealthy corporate interests get in return. How they avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes, while the working class have to pay their taxes. Caterpillar, using a tax loophole, shifted profits from the United States to its affiliate in Switzerland, where it negotiated a special tax rate, and they cut their U.S. taxes by $2.4 billion.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:45
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To the Editor: Supreme Court ruling only protects free speech of rich
Written by V. N. Krishnan   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:49
Attempt to bring about any election reform could effectively be deemed to be unconstitutional in the light of the two recent decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. The 2010 decision in the Citizens United case and the one last week on April 2 in the case of McCutcheon Vs the FEC. Both were a 5 to 4 split decision. Going through the case I was struck by two observations. Justice Scalia said that Super PACs were raising "big money" than the parties or the candidates themselves and they could sap the vitality from the national parties. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that he would even go further by eliminating limits on political monetary contributions altogether. Studying the judgments of the majority clearly convinced me that the justices would zealously guard "free speech" at any cost, even at the cost of a possible distortion in the working of our democratic system of governance. After all the demand for election reform is squarely based on eliminating such a distortion. Does it mean that our judiciary has no role in helping the nation to follow through on what the Congress did after the Watergate Scandal in imposing a ceiling of $123,200 on the total amount of money an individual could give to candidates, parties and political fundraising committees during a two-year election cycle?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:44
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Editorial: Time to clear river logjams
Written by JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN, Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:57
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Jan Larson McLaughlin
Farmers along the Portage River have learned the hard way that bureaucracy can slow down progress as effectively as a logjam can stop up a river.
But on Tuesday, the first trickle of progress in a couple years was reported on the petition to clean out the south and east branches of the Portage River as they meander through the region.
It's about time.
Jack Stearns, now in his mid-80s, has been waiting seven years for debris blocking the Portage River to be removed.
Stearns, one of farmers tired of being flooded out of their fields, petitioned the county engineer for the river cleanup in 2007, then watched as the project drowned due to its own mass.
The project is the biggest river cleanout in Wood County history, covering about 50 miles of waterway spanning three counties, affecting nearly 10,000 land parcels, and costing an estimated $2.8 million.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:08
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To the Editor: Doctor advises people to get ATD risk assessments
Written by William E. Feeman, Jr., M.D.   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:47
I would like to update a letter to the editor that I wrote some years ago. In that letter I stated that even though I treated your cholesterol to plaque regression levels, you might still have an atherothrombotic disease (ATD) event on down the line. A new study, albeit done in mice, has prompted me to re-think matters.  
What I wrote back then is true for people whose ATD is already far advanced when treatment of their cholesterol levels is initiated. The plaque is 1/3 composed with cholesterol and 2/3 composed of fibrous tissue. Treatment of cholesterol to plaque stabilization/regression levels shrinks the cholesterol content of the plaque, but can do nothing to shrink the fibrous content of the plaque. The shrunken plaque, however, still creates turbulence in the flow of blood and more fibrous tissue is laid down to "smooth over" the plaque remnants.
This fibrous tissue can continue to build till sufficient blood is unable to flow over the plaque and ischemia (lack of oxygen) results. This in turn may cause chest pain or other equivalent symptom such as shortness of breath on walking or climbing stairs - but it, to all intents and purposes, will not cause a heart attack.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:08
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