Letters:

March 10, 2017
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Warren letter ‘over the top’

As I read a letter to the editor from a Jamaica Plain resident, I thought his letter supporting US Sen. Elizabeth Warren for standing up for all the smart voters in the nation was a bit over the top.

Really, calling white guys supporting President Trump as “the last gasp of middle-aged to old white guys frantically trying to hold onto what they have been messing up for years” is in my mind a bit more extremist than even the Sarah Palins of this country.

Here’s on ‘crotchety old’ man who doesn’t think his light ‘is burning brightest before it burns out.’

I remember when First Lady Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.” Obviously the letter writer forgot that message. Name calling is going pretty much to the low ground, isn’t it?

Warren is already running for president in 2010 but first she needs to get re-elected in 2018 here in Massachusetts. She is on the stump to raise cash and get as much attention as possible by saying almost anything as possible and hoping that everyone spells her name correctly.

Welcome to the new America where losers refuse to accept defeat and move on.

Sal Giarratani

East Boston resident

 

Single Payer Healthcare is the Perfect Replacement for the ACA

The current clamor for repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided us with the opportunity to advocate for the prefect replacement: a simple non-profit single-payer healthcare system. Such as system, also known as Medicare for All, can provide healthcare for everyone and be affordable. No one will be denied care. No one will be hit with high deductibles and huge medical bills. The ACA has greatly complicated healthcare in the US. It’s over 2000 pages. By contrast the current single-payer bills average about 25 pages and are models of clarity. The ACA happened because over four thousand insurance lobbyists, at a cost of over a billion dollars, made their position on profit clear. Corporate profits come before patients and are a clear conflict of interests in providing needed medical care. The ACA cannot contain costs. A non-profit single-payer system can because it can operate with a very low overhead, almost no paperwork, and no need for multi-million dollar salaries for its executives. We have seen this happen with Medicare. With the ACA patients have a limited choice of doctors. With a single-payer system they would have free choice of doctors. The ACA perpetuates the profit driven healthcare industry making healthcare unaffordable for many. Healthcare is a clear human right and only a non-profit system of single-payer healthcare can make it a human right for everyone. Now more than ever is the time to seriously consider the advantages of single-payer health care and advocate for it.

 

Maria Termini

Roslindale resident

Trump administration

Richard Milhaus Nixon, HR Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, John Wesley Dean, G.Gordon Liddy—Just some of the figures behind the Watergate Break-in and attempted cover-up. It’s convenient that we have both Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the guys who broke the story, still around to observe and comment on the similarities between the Nixon and trump administrations. They would be quick to point out that it all started with denials, then lies upon lies to cover one act of malfeasance after another—before, during, and after the election.

The current administration’s transgressions, however, seem to go well beyond a simple tampering of an election in that it is clearer with each day that representatives of the sitting president were in direct negotiation with key Russian operatives, which would explain the softening of trump’s attitude towards that country. There is also appropriate speculation that Russia has something “over” the sitting president from prior business dealings and quite possibly more nefarious activities during his visits to Moscow. This sort of “tampering” consists of acts that are considered treason.

Just as occurred with Watergate, the administration will accuse the press of blowing smoke, but we in this country are conditioned to know the path this scandal will take.  The truth will come out thanks to the Fourth Estate.

Michel L. Spitzer

Jamaica Plain resident

 

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