Letters From Readers

Trump, Ryan:
big money interests

to the editor
Yesterday I read a “Week in Review” emailing from Rep. Rick Nolan. After a thorough review of a busy week he posted a quote taken from the FDR Memorial he visited with his wife; it read, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have too little.”
Contrast that economic point of view with the choice the GOP is pitching. Most recently the Trump-Ryan bill to replace the Affordable Care Act included loss of insurance and health care to tens of millions, tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, increased premium costs for seniors and elimination of essential benefits that actually require insurance to produce health care. It was pulled from a vote when it was made known only 18 percent of Americans gave support to the plan.
Additionally, now that tax reform has taken center stage the Trump and Ryan plans have been made public. They have similarity in that the wealthiest Americans would be advantaged if their ideas become law. The Pioneer Press, 3/28, wrote “After a decade, 99.6 percent of the tax relief Ryan proposed would have accrued to the wealthiest 1 percent of the country. In Trump’s plan, 50.8 percent of the relief would have gone to that group, according to analyses by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.”
This is but a couple, though important, indications of what Donald Trump and Paul Ryan represent: phony populism and big money interests. I voted for Clinton and Nolan because Trump, Ryan and their party do represent the common man.

Pete Boelter
North Branch

Just what is going on in
Washington?

to the editor
ACA-AHCA-EPA-AG-ICE-deregulation-school vouchers-russian hacking-tweets-defund-treason-fake news….! Good grief, there is so much floating around out there that we can’t even wrap our minds around it all. We have two choices — ignore, or educate ourselves. I have chosen the latter, because I simply cannot stand by idly when our country is in such turmoil. Whatever our politics, it is important to stay informed. Thomas Jefferson said, “Ignorance is the enemy of democracy.” I personally like living in a democracy, and I think I am not alone in this. I urge everyone to educate yourself on the issues. How would the repeal of the ACA affect you and your loved ones? How will vouchers affect funding for the schools your children and grandchildren attend? How does one determine what is fake news and what is real? How will the proposed federal budget affect the national parks we love, the air we breathe, and the health care we all rely on? In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”

Christine Kendall
North Branch

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