The Herald Bulletin

Overnight Update

Opinion

November 14, 2013

Primus Mootry: Observations on various topics

Obama-snare — the roll-out of President Obama’s signature legislation, The Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare), has been riddled with website and other problems. Late-night talk show hosts, the media, and right-wing Republicans are having a field day. Dismayed Democrats and liberal supporters of the law are begging the public to be patient.

Lost in the shuffle is the Act’s purpose — making health care affordable to 50 million uninsured Americans. Beyond that, because of the scope and complexity of the law, like Medicare in its beginning, enrollment snares and a degree of skepticism, often partisan, were totally predictable.

I believe it will get worse before it gets better. Could the initial rollout have been better managed? No doubt about it. I just hope the website and other problems are not fatal to the intent of the legislation. It will work if given a chance to work (which is something partisan opponents fear). As they say, let’s not throw the baby out with the bath.

Incognito — the Dolphins’ offensive lineman should have stayed that way — incognito. Since public knowledge of his bullying and use of the dreaded N-word, he’s the talk of the town. Self-righteous coaches and pundits collectively have denounced his offensive language. Every bad thing he ever publicly said or did for the past 10 years is under a magnifying glass.

Richie Incognito is a bad boy. In the game of pro football, you’d better be. The problem is that nowadays it’s hard to voicemail, email, tweet, text or talk into a microphone without your words coming back at you. That’s the game today, and Incognito, who has been suspended, will have to pay whatever additional cost the NFL requires of him.

As a side note, those who are so anxious to condemn Incognito for his foul-mouthed bullying are curiously silent or ambivalent about the suggestion that the Washington Redskins change their name. Did they forget? There was a time, not too long ago, when “redskin” was as offensive to Native Americans as the N-word is to most blacks. Name calling by any other name is no one’s rose.

Text Only
Opinion
  • OPN - HB0802 - hp photo with editorial - SU Editorial: Dan Patch Invitational brings national focus The Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on Aug. 8 brings some of the best standardbreds into the state and brings the local track into a national spotlight. This is a great chance to support the effort to keep the city on the map and a big crowd helps add to the atmosphere.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter: President's trade being swept under rug My question to all, why do we keep hearing after a number of months about the shootings in Colorado, Sandy Hook, etc., but yet the president illegally deals with terrorists, trades five for a believed deserter and now it is being swept under the rug?

    August 1, 2014

  • Letter: New glass ceiling is $12 an hour All those libertarians, tea party, conservatives (dupes of the rich) are leading America's middle class and poor into poverty and depression.

    August 1, 2014

  • Letter: Constitution, laws being trampled Nancy Pelosi said, "When it comes to protecting the children I'm a lioness!" Too bad that doesn't include the babies who are ripped from the womb. How ironic to hear the progressive liberals talk of compassion for illegals while killing our own.

    August 1, 2014

  • Letter: Liberal says 'illegal' should be taboo Did you see where a well-known liberal wants to do away with the "I" word? 'I' as in "illegal."

    August 1, 2014

  • NWS - HB0728 - World War 1 Local Bob Quinn 2 Editorial: WWI commemorated at 100th anniversary On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany. There was overwhelming support. Neutrality was no longer an option. The sinking by Germany of the British ocean liner, the Lusitania, further committed Americans to the cause. Madison County answered the call, too.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Viewpoint: Panhandlers give wrong impression of our city First of all, let me start off by saying that I have as much empathy and compassion for those less fortunate as the next person.

    July 31, 2014

  • Editorial: Ring the bell! School is back in session Whether it’s the first first day of school or the last first day of high school, a multitude of unknown obstacles, achievements and milestones await. Enjoy every single one.

    July 30, 2014

  • Editorial: City overzealous in calling for Chamberlain probe In the aftermath of The Herald Bulletin's recent news report that City Councilman Rodney Chamberlain had been cleared of criminal wrongdoing in relation to basketball league funds, one question stands out.

    July 30, 2014

  • OPN - Mootry column mug [Duplicate] [Duplicate] Primus Mootry: The African-American community toward a new narrative African Americans are entirely unique in the annals of American history and, perhaps, the whole history of mankind. This uniqueness demands an African American agenda and, with it, a new narrative, or way of articulating that agenda.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

How many Dan Patch races have you attended?

None
1-2
3 or more
All 20
     View Results