Author: Melissa Edge

Trump presidency day 27: We still have ‘Obamacare’

Alabamians on the federal Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” are getting rocked by premium increases this year. Numerous reports last year told Obamacare recipients in Alabama to expect their insurance premiums from Blue Cross Blue Shield to increase 36 percent on average. That sharp upturn in cost follows a 28 percent hike from 2015 headed into 2016. Throughout the 2016 campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. We’re roughly 27 days into Trump’s presidency, and the odds of that happening in the near term are decreasing day by day. It is...

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Scorpio crosses the aisle

Aquarius (1/20-2/18) — You’ll go a little “cavalier” at the first Mardi Gras parade in Mobile by hijacking a horse and stealing the sword from the statue of Raphael Semmes. Once you’re outmanned and cornered by a Segway tour group, you’ll lay down your arms and call a truce at A&M Peanut Shop. Pisces (2/19-3/20) — After following coverage of a week-long manhunt in the tricounty area, you’ll be disappointed to learn the fugitive has been in jail the whole time. However, because of network sweeps, you won’t learn any of that from the local news. Aries (3/21-4/19) — Hearing two longtime friends talk about their investment portfolios will leave you relatively sad about your place in the world — a feeling that will quickly fade after you remember that there’s going to be a brand-new Star Wars movie every year for the foreseeable future. Taurus (4/20-5/20) — When your friend uses the phrase “a real pill” to describe a rude man in the grocery, you’ll start to suspect she’s secretly been your grandmother in disguise for a number of years. Perplexed, you’ll distract her with an old Reader’s Digest before sneaking out the door. Gemini (5/21-6/21) — You’ll become too sleepy to function at work next week after getting accidentally sucked into a TV Land marathon of “I Dream of Jeannie.” Unfortunately, the program’s plot will spill into...

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The Protest That Wasn’t

To the editor: On Jan. 21, I went to the March for Human Rights in Mobile. As a “sister march” to the Women’s March on Washington, it was organized in three days by a Spring Hill College student. I kind of wanted to go and kind of didn’t. I’m so weary of the angry rhetoric in light of the recent election and really didn’t want to hear any more. I waffled all morning and made up my mind not to go. Instead, I tuned into the Facebook Live broadcast of the Washington March. It looked so exciting. But this is Mobile. A woman who appeared to be about my age was carrying a placard that read “I Can’t Believe I Still Have To Protest This Sh*t.” As a child of the ‘60s I marched for civil rights and for women’s rights. And yes, it appears that I do still have to protest this sh*t. So, I put on my “already been worn yesterday” T-shirt that says “Hate Won’t Win” and folded a pink bandana into a headband (having sent my three cute little knitted pink “pussycat hats” to be worn in marches in Washington and Eugene) and went to protest. But it didn’t feel like a protest. No flags were burned. No bottles were thrown. No cops were hassled. It felt like … love. The press labeled the March...

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Uncontrolled growth stresses us all

Editor: I would like to offer another point of view concerning Jane Nicholes’ article about subdivisions springing up all over the Eastern Shore (Jan. 19). I wished that another point of view was offered to the uncontrolled growth being allowed in Baldwin County. The only points of view given were those people who had real estate interests and politicians in power who are connected to real estate interests. Yes, I know that if there is no growth, the area will stagnate and die. I also know that uncontrolled growth not only causes traffic jams, more crime, more taxes and a collapse of the quality of life in Baldwin County. A balance of both extremes is needed — but I think the developers want, pay for and get the other extreme. Why is it that politicians in the city and county governments call for tax increases when more people move in the area? I thought the additional people would bring in the additional needed taxes. But according to what I read, the politicians want more people to pay even more taxes. They always use the schools as the “tax hostage.” As population rises linearly, taxes rise exponentially. If I am incorrect, people living in New York and California would be paying the lowest taxes in the nation. Already the sewage capacity of the utilities are topped out and the overcrowded...

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