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April 4, 2013

Sound Off published April 4

Tonawanda News — My mother goes to the doctor the other day, she has Medicare and traditional insurance through my father’s pension plan, and she gets this flu shot. The doctor says since you’re here would you like to get the shingles shot also? She says yeah, and come to find out later, the doctor billed her $185. It’s not covered through Medicare or insurance. I think the doctor has a moral obligation, they know 95 percent won’t be covered by most insurance plans, to tell the patient what the situation is and how much it will cost beforehand. Then they can make an informed decision. I think it’s terrible that they would prey on the elderly senior citizens that way. 

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I am such a frustrated taxpayer, endeavoring to live on a fixed income. One who has eliminated some non-necessary, but desirable entities out of my life. Tonawanda school board is whining over $500,000 in overages for renovating a music room. What are we, a group of elitists who do not know how to trim our budgets and live within our means? Our government is trillions of dollars in debt and now our small city is following the same path. Does anyone out there hear the cries of us taxpayers?

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I don’t believe political affiliation in local politics really matters. I think people at a local level vote the way they want to vote. The politicians would like you to think otherwise. On a bigger scale yeah, people tend to vote their party lines. But locally it just doesn’t matter.

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If they want to cut benefits for unemployment why don’t they cut foreign aid? Cut the money we give to all these Third World countries that have terrorists in them. That would be more logical. It’s our money. I’m a taxpayer and I don’t feel we should help any country we have to fight in, and have terrorists threatening our country. It’s ridiculous for our country to be feeding people that don’t like us. 

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