South is about more than slavery
Did you seriously publish the Op/Ed column, “No more Confederate nonsense,” written by a Northerner and denigrating the South? In a Richmond newspaper? Holier-than-thou columnist Richard Meagher uses words like racist, brutal, oppressive and bigotry to describe a past he did not experience and sees only through a one-dimensional point of view (that of slavery).
Believe it or not, the South is about more than slavery. My ancestors, like those of many other Southerners who can trace back their heritage, include mayors, teachers, farmers and store owners. I am proud to be from Virginia and tired of the politically correct half of this country telling me what a horrible and shameful person I am for honoring my past. If the South and its history are so abhorrent to come-heres, perhaps they should live somewhere that better complements their moral self-righteousness.
Meagher tells Southerners to move on and forget the nonsense of the Confederacy.
However, Meagher did get one thing right in his article: the divisions in our country are worse than ever. MARY BISHOP.
If Trump is committed to fully dismantling the Affordable Care Act, the clock begins when he is sworn in on January 20. But once you start chipping away at a law, what do you replace it with? From what we are seeing, it appears the Republicans aren’t in consensus. Instead of “repeal and replace,” we are talking about “repeal and delay.”
Meanwhile, the insurance system continues to follow the full Affordable Care Act. Insurers must soon put together their initial rate filing for 2018, based on current rules.
Insurance carriers do not easily embrace new models. Continually altering their business operations to follow the political winds of Washington is not good for business. It increases costs and impacts service to providers and policyholders.
While there are many questions and few answers about the future of health care in America, brokers remain on the forefront of the issue. It is our business to discern what is happening, when it is happening, and to explain the relevance to our clients. For now, we urge our clients to take a deep breath. We believe no big changes can take place anytime soon. LINDSEY WATERS. RICHMOND.