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Ken Neugent 
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Re: “Sweepstakes cafes: coming to your low-income neighborhood

I see nothing wrong with the sweepstakes cafe concept. If they were not there they would spend it on the state lottery. If the state can do it what the hell is wrong with a business doing it. I have never been to one and never plan on going. I work too hard for my money to go lose it on some game that is rigged.
The sad aspect of this is the fact lower income citizens tend to gravitate to the state lottery and sweepstakes centers.
I have seen people play the lottery every week on a minimum wage job. I have seen people use food stamps to buy groceries, then go to the lottery counter to pay cash for their tickets. That is when I have a problem with it, as well as kids going without. Why not put the lottery money in a college fund account where it will give your child a chance to get out of poverty. It disheartens me when I hear someone say they cannot afford to send their child to college when they gamble, smoke, or their money just burns a hole in their pocket.

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Posted by Ken Neugent on 02/23/2012 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Health care cuts could hurt poor, disabled, elderly

I am disabled and receive no "entitlements". I receive SSDI because I paid into the system for decades. The conservative word entitlements needs to vanish. I was in healthcare 22 years, a few years in homecare. I saw people who had worked all their life for $8.00 an hour. Many times in the furniture factories in High Point, NC. and surrounding areas for 30 years or so.
I would go over medications with patients. They were proud people, but eventually I would realize they could not afford medication to save their life.
If "W" was so concerned about the medicare and medicaid budget why did they not give these entities the power to negotiate price?
It was just another give away to the drug companies. Now these same people, myself included now, have to suffer these budget cuts.
My medicines alone cost $34,000.00. My part is about $9,000.00. Now how is someone suppose to live with these kind of expenditures?
Why is it that the rich refuse to pay their fair share?
I used to pay $9,000.00 in federal taxes a year. Did I like it. No. However, I knew people who worked all their lives DESERVED the best healthcare we could provide them. If it meant paying a little more so be it. I was disturbed about the number of babies I saw born with no Father.
Now we have come to learn that people who make millions of dollars have these well oiled machines in Washington working for them. They have said they do not want their taxes raised one bit. It sickens me the U.S. could care so little about the poor and disabled. They have proven they don't. When they want the poor to suffer so they can pay less taxes says it all.
Everything I have I worked for. it really disturbs me when people call it an "entitlement".
The people who are truly taking advantage of the system are the ones who lie in bed having baby after baby with no Father in sight. Who do you think pays for the majority of their healthcare, food, WIC, and child care if the Mother will work. Those should be a target with time lines and limit the number of babies we can afford to raise as a society.

Posted by Ken Neugent on 01/13/2012 at 12:52 PM

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