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Kmart underwear ad was tasteless

I was upset with the Kmart commercials that aired for Christmas shopping time. They showed a chorus line of well-dressed men from the waist up — then from the waist down — wearing a new line of boxer type shorts and supposedly ringing bells from the underwear.

This commercial goes beyond any sense of good taste. It’s sickening to watch grown men jingle their booties inside these boxer briefs to the sound of bells. It’s vulgar that this commercial aired to thousands nightly on national TV for all to watch.

Where is Kmart’s moral values? I’m a Christian, and I will not watch vulgar commercials like this.

I believe in freedom of speech, but this goes beyond any sense of moral values and good taste.

Please join me in asking Kmart to apologize for airing such immoral, tasteless commercials.

— Bill Bruce

Paris, Ill.


Not every health care story is rosy

I was pleased to read recently about the man who wrote about the good things he found out when applying and getting his insurance. Not wanting to embarrass him, but as I recall, he did not provide the cost of the plan nor what “tax credits” go along with it. He also did not provide his deductible limit, higher or lower than before. CBS had a feature on ACA and showed a young man who was an independent film producer. His cost was $61 a month with the government paying (tax credits) $152 per month. Yes, he was a “happy camper.” Check it out at CBSnews.com.

The ads on TV promote preventive care at the doctor’s office (audio) and show the door to a nurse’s office. Not putting down the role of nurse practitioners who do a lot to ease the doctor’s role, they cannot help in all cases.

A friend on Facebook wrote that her rates with the same company went up $210 for the same coverage she had for the last 11 years. Many of the stories I have read on the Internet are not positive. The deductibles are very high. I saw one report of a man who had one costing over $13,000. Most others are in the $4,000-$6,000 range. How is this going to help people with a $7.50 per hour wage? Maybe this is why many opt out. They can’t afford the insurance, but can afford the tax fine.

There are many readers of this paper who are smarter than me, I’m sure. I wish someone would write an article of how the taxpayers can afford the ACA, with all the other things pushing up the debt even more and Congress kicking the can on down the road until after the elections.

In my household, we spend less than we take in each month. I don’t borrow on the house to just have more to spend, unlike our government does. I see bankruptcy and hard times for all of us in the near future if things are not reversed. This may well be the heavy straw that breaks the camel’s back.

— David Marter

Terre Haute

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