Allan Hammerel 
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Re: “Guest Commentary

Every time I hear a republican politician uses the old who Obama care took 716 billion dollars away from Meidcare" talking point can write them off "just another Tea Party - Koch Brothers funded". fraud That is the biggest lie that was ever told. The ACA took money away from Medicare Advantage which is giant Insurance company cash cow that puts hundreds of billions of dollars into the insurance companies pockets and lets them deny any care they want. Kind of like the govenment student loan program is a giant rip off, where the banks and government overly profit on the backs of students and young families just starting out in life. Any one turing 65 who signs up for a Medicare Advantage Plan (which is being phased out by the ACA) is a uninformed fool. It may sound good deal because it comes at little or no cost, but you lose the option to enroll in a Medigap plan after one year without being rated (which means you stuck in a plan where you are at the mercy of insurance companies for the rest of your life.

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Posted by Allan Hammerel on 01/22/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

I dumped my Star subscription 8 years ago, after their editorial page went to hell. Like most news outlets they have adopted a milk toast "lets not piss anybody off" editorial posture. To their credit they still have Fitz. I scan their iPad App daily, but their emphasis seems to be on local sports. For 20 years I subscribed to both the New York Times and the Arizona Daily Star. The fact of the matter is the NYT's does a better job of covering many major Arizona Issues than the Star or the Arizona Republic does. Their has been much better coverage on how global warming has affected Arizona and immigration issues over the past 10 years in the NYT, you get from either Arizona's papers. They at lease have two writers on the ground in Arizona. Any article about anything in the NYT's that runs 2,000 words, ends up being 400 words by the time it get printed in the Star. Newspaper revenues peaked in 2002 and heading downhill in the 30 degree nosedive ever since. Newspapers have to be 60% ads to pay for the news print and as ad revenue has tanked, so have the column inches devoted to news.

I take no joy in these assessments, but the $32 bucks a month I give the NYT's for a M-F print subscription and full digital access I look at as my little contribution to keep real Journalism alive. Much like my PBS donation.

The NYT is not perfect newspaper (remember the lead up the the Iraq) but it has 500 reporters world wide and is the major new gathering organization in the world and one of the few place left where long forum Journalism lives.

Posted by Allan Hammerel on 05/15/2014 at 6:46 AM

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