To the editor:
I saw the debate between congressional candidates Republican Matt Doheny and Democrat Bill Owens. I was disappointed by how Owens responded.
What can be done to help farmers in the North County? Doheny and Owens both support the Farm Bill, but Doheny stated more needs to be done such as cutting regulations. Doheny showed an impressive knowledge of milk pricing and how to help farmers. Doheny wants to end the "death tax" that is paid when farmers pass on and their families want to transfer the farms to their children.
How to create jobs? Doheny had the best response. He said that he has worked in the front lines of business and "thinks in the shoes" of small business owners. He wants to create a vibrant environment for business and cut regulations and promote high tech and medical device jobs in the North Country.
Doheny challenged Owens about wanting to take $700 billion from Medicare. The Owens supporters in the room got loud and rude, and accused Doheny of lying about Owens wanting to take $700 billion out of Medicare. However, I checked the Owens website later, and Doheny is telling the truth. The Owens website admits Obama is taking $700 billion out of Medicare, but they are not taking it from patients but from the doctors and health care providers. What is the difference? If you take it from the doctors, they will not take people on Medicare or they will have to charge them more to make up the difference.
Doheny pointed out that under Obamacare, an unelected committee will control medical care decisions and that there was no tort reform in Obamacare.
Doheny dominated the debate and showed in-depth knowledge on the issues important to the North Country.