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Page 2 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 The Adams County Record Record is the voice for liberal causes Dear Editor, It seems that the Record has now become the voice for liberal causes. It is interesting that the article on the health care act is a liberal democrat. They tend to use fuzzy math. He forget to tell you about all the new federal employees that will have to be hired just to enforce it and that doesn't include all the new federal employees who will be needed to write all the new regula- tions and the invasion on people's lives. Xhe fact is, this will be the biggest tax increase in the history of the nation and according to those in the know, a lot of it will be on the backs of the seniors. The only hope is that we will get a new pres- ident and that a more sensible law will be put in place. We are broke and the government can't keep writing bogus checks to put our chil- dren and grandchil- dren more and more in debt. The law needs to be stopped now and one written that at least peo- ple can understand. Editor's note: It's interesting that one guest editoria~ makes the Record, "the voice for liberal causes:' I find it fascinating that people believe the claim that the Affordable Care Act is somehow the biggest tax increase in history, when analysts have repeatedly debunked this fallacy, pointing out that it's not even the biggest tax increase in the past 20 years. It also amazes me that people are willing to endure a penalty of about $1,000 a year in unnecessary insurance costs to pay for the medical care of those who can't or won't buy health insurance, but when an alternative that would seem to cost them less is offered, it's the end of the world and biggest tax increase ever. 1 will gladly print an opposing guest opinion to Dr. Rusche's if it is nearly as factual and rational as his (no references to death panels, etc.). Affordable Healthcare Act is a positive step Dear Editor, I love having Medicare, and I don't hear from many people around here complaining about signing up for Medicare when they reach age 65. I have carried health insurance all of my life, but Medicare with drug coverage and the supple- mental policy costs me half of what my private insurance cost before I turned 65. It is easy to be smug are healthy, however, pretending that you will always be healthy and don't need insurance isn't an effec- tive way to avoid injury or illness. How many col- lection jars have we seen at the grocery store ask- ing for money for people in our community who are faced with unman- ageable medical bills because they didn't have insurance, or insurance benefits ran out? I already know people with pre-existing condi- tions who have used the part of the new law to get insurance coverage so they could have need- ed surgery. What bet- ter way would you want your taxes spent than to provide actual coverage for yourself, your family or your neighbors when they really need them? I think government should be in the business of pro- viding service to people and not to foster corpo- rate profit. While I would like for everyone to be able to access the quality of service I get through Medicare, in my opin- ion,- the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) is a positive step toward providing a safety net for all of us. lnners- BY DALE FISK For the July 4th celebration, the Curiosity Shoppe in Council sold raffle tickets as a fundraiser for Rose Advocates. The Sh0ppe raised $200 for that organization. The following winners won the prizes listed. Most folks only put their first names on the tickets, so this is all the information available. Photos of prize winners will come next week. Joanna, from Council-- gift certificate from the Seven Devils Caf6. Doug, from Council - one year subscription to the Adams County Record. Ace Saloon - Avon products and picnic basket. Norma from Nyssa - Gift certificate for Wingers. Richard Torres of Nyssa -- Gift certificate for Wingers and for a take-and-bake pizza. 7 RIVERS LIVESTOCK COMMISSION Check our website for details on upcoming sales. Office: 208-365-4401 Sale Every Tuesday in June. No Sale July 3rd, 17th, & 31 st. Sale July 10th & 24th. Sale August 7th, 21st, & 28th. No Sale August 14th. 1611 W. Salesyard Rd. Emmett, Idaho 83617 We will resume regular Sales every Tuesday at noon on August2 I st. BY DALE FISK If your trash is picked up by Lakeshore Disposal, part of what you pay is going to pay off a $887,621 discrimination lawsuit against PSI Environmental Systems and 'its par- ent company, Waste Connections, Inc. Waste Connections is the nation- al corporation that owns Lakeshore Disposal. Ricky Garcia, who grew up near Twin Falls, started working for PSI there in 2005, starting at $13 an hour. This was not much for a skilled mechanic. Over the next few years, Garcia learned on the job, took extra training, and became a very proficient equipment mechanic. He was told he would get a raise after a 90-day probe= tion period and another raise after he'd been on the job for a year. That didn't happen. He got a 72-cents-an-hour raise after a year and a half on the job. Meanwhile, Caucasian employees, sometimes with fewer skills and experience, got promoted more, and were paid much more. Garcia quit in 2007 and found a job elsewhere. Just days after quit- ting, Garcia said he saw his old job advertised at $18 to $21 an hour, along with a $1,000 signing bonus, with many of his skills listed as optional. That's when he contacted the Idaho Department of Labor, which referred him to the Idaho Human Rights Commission. In February 2009, the com- mission found PSI had discriminated against him. Former Adams County Sheriff candidate, Don Alien, was Waste Connections' division vice president in Twin Falls in 2007, and was called to testify at the trial. Court documents show that comments were made to Garcia that he, or any other employees of Hispanic descent, would never be promoted, and if Garcia quit "plenty of other Mexicans would be happy to take his place" Garcia and his lawyer worked for about five years, trying" to get the case resolved. On June 29, a federal jury of seven people in Boise unani- mously found in Garcia's favor. The jury based the award on Garcia's lost wages (over $100,000) and the punitive award added to that amount (over $700,000) was based on the profit that Waste Connections makes in just one day. Lake Shore Disposal hauls trash in Valley, Adams and parts of Washington counties. Its 31 employees serve about 7,800 residential custom- ers and 400 commercial customers. 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