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We need a third party

September 23, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

I believe it is time for a third party that actually tries to resolve some of the problems facing this great country that the two current parties won't get together and try to resolve.

As I talk to people, they are against one candidate or the other, but I don't hear them talk for one or the other. If we meld the two platforms together, or at least have a compromise, I believe some of our problems could be resolved.

The economy in the valley - I'm using the valley as an example because that is where I live - comes down to two main industries - coal and steel, with gas and oil drilling being a third.

The coal industry is taking a hit because the EPA has overstepped the boundaries set forth when it was formed under the Nixon administration. I want our planet to be clean and livable for generations to come, but until our renewable energy resources are in place, we are killing large numbers of jobs.

The steel industry might be beating a dead horse, but it all comes down to an unfair playing field. Our government stood by and watched other countries subsidize and even own foreign steel companies that undercut our companies without doing the same for our steel companies. This too cost many jobs.

The oil and gas is still up in the air because we don't know the long-term effects this will have on the earth.

I have had the great unpleasure of shopping for health insurance for the hourly employees where I work. Presently our family plan costs approximately $1,600 per month. This is paid in part by both the company and myself. This is ridiculous. I know that Obamacare might not be the answer, but at least there was an effort made to get everyone on insurance and to lower costs. We need to keep working on finding a solution with both parties working toward a common goal that is good for the people. I could go on and on, but we're not going to solve the world's problems with a letter. The main problem is that our politicians are looking over their shoulders and seeing their political party instead of seeing their constituents.

Let's start a third party that works toward logical answers and for the people.

Steve Turner

Mingo Junction

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