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A ‘wealth care’ plan

EDITOR: Obamacare isn’t perfect, but instead of a plan to improve it, we get swampcare. The GOP’s plan would drop millions of poor and low-income people from health insurance by reducing eligibility for coverage under Medicaid and capping reimbursement to the states, resulting in more poor people being denied care.

The Republicans also would replace the subsidies that help people pay for insurance with meager tax credits based on age, not income. This means wealthy folks would get the same credit as those who can least afford to pay for insurance. The credit would be substantially less than the cost of a typical plan. Thus, if you couldn’t afford to pay the difference and go without insurance for 60 days, you would be penalized with 30 percent higher premiums when you finally did purchase insurance.

And seniors could be charged up to five times the premiums of younger folks. Again, this would severely impact the poor, the elderly and the already strapped middle class. However, the taxes that were levied upon the rich and the corporations to help fund Obamacare would be repealed by this plan.

This is not a health care plan; this is a wealth care plan. The cruelty of this administration is staggering.

VIVIANE ISABEAU

Santa Rosa

Environment politics

EDITOR: There was a time in the not too distant past when both Republicans and Democrats thought that paying a bit more attention to the environment would be worthwhile.

The Environmental Protection Agency was created to enforce the Clean Air Act, which passed the House in 1963 by 273-109, and the Clean Water Act, which passed in 1972 by 86-0 in the Senate and 366-11 in the House. The House and Senate also voted to override a veto by President Richard Nixon by 52-12 and 247-23 respectively. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 followed with overwhelming support (92-0 in the Senate and 390-12 in the House).

Since that time, an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence has come to light that indicates that we need to do even more to protect our environment to avoid becoming just another endangered species ourselves.

President Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointees and the collusion of all Republicans in Congress and a few cowering Democrats amounts to high treason in my opinion, because they are threatening our very existence by pandering to the fear that changing our lifestyles to accommodate the forces of nature is somehow bad for us.

In the past, some societies adapted to change and continued to thrive. Some didn’t, and collapsed. Which will we become?

JONATHAN McCLELLAND

Santa Rosa

State vs. federal law

EDITOR: Jamie Waterman’s letter sent my patience out the door (“Chief’s oath,” March 5). First off, does Waterman or the general public know what oath California peace officers take? No? Google it. It does say, “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies foreign and domestic …”

Constitution is the key word. Border crossers, legal, illegal or whatever other term you want to use are covered by federal laws, passed by Congress, not state laws. That is why there are federal police agencies to enforce federal laws.

California peace officers’ first priority is to the state, counties and cities that employ them. So I think the law enforcement agencies of the county and cities of Sonoma County are following the law.

MICHAEL PATRICK SR.

Petaluma

Investigate Comey

EDITOR: Ever see the 1961 pool-hall classic “The Hustler,” with Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felton and Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats? After first losing, Fast Eddie comes back to run the table, winning the day against Fats and his entourage.

Haven’t we witnessed a slick game of dirty pool run by FBI Director James Comey? Comey stole electoral votes in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan by nuking Hillary Clinton’s campaign a week before the election with his deceitful allegations. Supposedly there was a cache of emails on a computer belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin, when actually there was nothing to complain about. Comey admitted this a couple of days before the election — too late to change the public’s mind.

The FBI is supposed to hunt down organized crime rings, traffickers and narcotics syndicates and help thwart terrorists, not fix our presidential races. How about a nonpartisan investigation of Comey and his henchmen? What are we afraid of?

FRANK BAUMGARDNER

Santa Rosa

Isolating inmates

EDITOR: Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t a person sent to Death Row because he murdered or committed some other heinous crime against a human being? Why then was a lawsuit even considered about keeping these animals in solitary confinement (“Prisons to stop isolating gang members,” Tuesday)?

If someone goes to prison, he or she should lose all rights given to law-abiding citizens. Prison should not be a place to socialize with their homies. Put them together, and I’ll bet the larger percentage of them will make plans to do harm to other inmates or worse to the guards.

TONI Mac DONALD

Santa Rosa

Same old GOP plan

EDITOR: If the Republicans think their proposal is the very best health care plan in the world, why don’t they use it? I’ll happily take the health care plan they have given themselves. Their “new” plan is just the same old job-killing take-from-the-poor-and-give-to-the-rich plan they’ve been trying to use for years.

HEIDI FANTACONE

Sebastopol