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Opinion

Suburban Life Sound Off: July 17-23

Better health care system is possible

Imagine a health care system that covered you from conception to your last breath. ... A system that provided the same coverage to all Americans. ... A system that covers 100 percent of hospital, doctor, preventive care, prescription drug cost, dental and mental health care costs. ... A system that would eliminate the tremendous stress and worry on how to provide health care for your family and yourself, especially if you became unemployed. A system that would remove the burden of providing health care and the cost of workers' compensation from your employer. Such a system is possible. Paid for by a fair tax system, the risk being spread over the largest possible pool (the entire population), reduced costs from prevention and early detection, reduced cost by eliminating the for-profit profit and CEO bonuses, reduced cost by the increased negotiating power with hospitals, doctors and pharmaceutical companies, redirecting (and reducing) all the premiums currently being paid to for-profit insurance companies.

Time for a means test?

A reader writes about Social Security, "My mother gets one-tenth of what she paid into this debunked system per year." I would like to know more specifics. It sounds like she was paying the maximum FICA tax each year. I'm sure most Americans would like to be in that situation. Here are my mother's specifics. In 2016, she had a Social Security benefit of $16,271 and a pension benefit of $213. I would say my father's maximum income was about $20,000 in a good year with overtime. Maybe Social Security needs a means test. I don't know why Donald Trump, Warren Buffet and others in their situation need to get Social Security and Medicare. I assume you don't want the poor, elderly or disabled to have health insurance either.

Marketing should reflect Lemont's character

The village of Lemont finally asked for input regarding placement of new signage around Lemont with a display at Village Hall [on] July 17. There was no public hearing on the logo or marketing tagline, “Enjoy our Scene,” so why condescend to us now? The logo and tagline don’t represent the Lemont we live in or its rich history. Our view from the bridge is the village of faith filled with bars and churches and long-rooted family ties. The unimaginative logo and senseless tagline shouldn’t have been decided by an outgoing board. They already tried to ruin Heritage Fest and Keepataw Days, can’t they leave us with some dignity? Sure, we can update our image, but give a voice to the people who have always, and will continue to, live here. And put a picture back on the village sticker!

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