Trucks, speeding an issue in Brundidge

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2012

As a citizen of Brundidge and taxpayer I was wondering why it is when we call the Brundidge Police Department for help in stopping speeding 18-wheeler trucks from the woodmill and Wal-Mart we are told that the police department does not have the manpower to enforce the speed limit laws then we see the local police making stops on Highway 231 and refusing to do their job in town?

I called the Alabama Highway Patrol and was told they could not stop trucks and cars within the city limits, then the next day the Alabama Highway Patrol had stop a car at the north end Brundidge inside the city limits. These trucks are a danger and are leaving trash all over the road and in our yards because they are speeding, especially on Highway 10 inside the city limits.

Kenneth Kirkland

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Roby shares remarks about health care repeal effort

I voted today in favor of legislation that would repeal the President’s health care law.

In a vote of 244 to 185, the House passed H.R. 6079, The Repeal of Obamacare Act, earlier today. I am a cosponsor of the bill. The House took up the vote following the Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold the President’s Health Care law.

Below are my remarks:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 6097, The Repeal Obamacare Act, of which I am a proud co-sponsor.

“Of course, on March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the largest health care overhaul in the history of the United States. Sadly, it is less about providing quality health care for all citizens and more about expanding the scope of the federal government.

“And the law failed to address the number one health care concern that families and employers have, and that’s cost. Under the individual mandate, each individual will absolutely be penalized or taxed – we’ll call it a tax because the Supreme Court did – if in America, this free country, that person chooses to remain uninsured or purchase health care that is not government approved, and that is regardless of their income.

“Despite the Court’s ruling, a significant number of Americans continue to oppose Obamacare and they are encouraging Congress to take immediate action. Americans and their doctors, not federal bureaucrats and politicians, are in the best position to determine which health care options best meet their individual needs.

“Regardless of the Court’s decision, many problems within the law remain present, many of which have a significant impact on small businesses.

The American people do not want a one-size-fits-all health care system that imposes numerous mandates, regulations, and tax hikes on employers and employees.

This will be devastating not just to my home state of Alabama, but also to the nation.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve our health care system by implementing market-based reforms that actually lower cost, increase access, and maintain high quality of care for all Americans.

“I urge my collages to listen to the voices of the American people and support H.R. 6097.”

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby,