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Democrats and sedition

EDITOR: We have for years have watched the Democrats destroy our country by dividing us by race, by gender, by financial status, by education and by torturing us with aggressive political correctness, which further divides us. They have also disrespected our Constitution, our flag, our nation and our borders.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi in a commencement address at UC Berkeley in 2014 stated, “You here at Berkeley are already disruptors in many ways.” And she closed with, “My wish is that you will be disruptors when necessary and that you enjoy every moment of it.”

That statement led to $100,000 damage at the university over a perceived slight.

The term “sedition” comes to mind.

While President Donald Trump is attempting to unite the citizens of our nation, we have Democratic Congressman Mike Thompson exhorting a gathering to “agitate, agitate, agitate” (“Big crowd cheers lawmakers’ calls to save health care act,” Feb. 26). Again the term “sedition” comes to mind.

Trump is speaking a message of unity and progress while the Democrats work to destroy our country.

KENNETH LARSEN

Calistoga

Costs of children

EDITOR: Let’s hope that Jean Grant, who thinks that all pregnancies should result in a child, understands that unwanted children born to parents who cannot afford to feed, house, educate or sometimes even love and care for them will need her full support after birth (“Women’s health,” Letters, Wednesday).

This means that she puts her voice, dollars, votes and volunteer hours toward free childhood and college education, lifetime social services, community mental health services, free health care, inexpensive adoption, food banks, affordable housing in her neighborhood and prisons.

Thank you for understanding that if you want to take away women’s choice about how many children to have, you are responsible for taking care of those unfortunate enough to be born to parents who don’t want them or can’t care for them.

Not able to get behind life-time support? Then support a woman’s right to choose.

BARBARA CIESLEWICZ

Petaluma

Broken promise

EDITOR: The GOP’s health care plan, by repealing certain taxes on the wealthy, would partially defund Medicare. Remember when Donald Trump promised that, if elected, he wouldn’t touch Medicare or Social Security?

Since he supports the GOP plan, perhaps the videos documenting those promises were “fake news.”

At least we might soon find out just how gullible Trump voters really are.

JACK ZIEGLER

Santa Rosa

America’s roots

EDITOR: According to the concise Oxford English dictionary, an immigrant is a “person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.” A country is defined as a “nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory.

Does Thomas Hannah mean to imply that the colonists were not immigrants because the Indians did not have an “established country” (“A colonial history,” Letters, Wednesday)?

In fact, the inhabitants of all the Americas had civilizations and governments that supported populations of strong, healthy, clean individuals at a time when Europeans were wallowing in their own filth, never bathing in a lifetime, dumping their sewage in the street and rife with disease.

Hannah also forgets to mention that North America was a dumping ground for English criminals. Shortly before the Revolution, what became the state of Georgia had virtually 100 percent of its European population as prisoners of mother England.

It is also mistaken to believe that Europeans conquered the Americas because of superior weaponry. Bows and arrows were superior to the inefficient firearms of the 15th and 16th centuries whose only advantage was the noise they made.

Europeans succeeded because of the host of diseases they carried for which the Indians had no defense.

RICHARD SALZMAN

Sebastopol

Paying for health care

EDITOR: During a televised discussion of Trumpcare, a member of Congress stated, “People must be responsible for their own health care.”

That statement leaves me wondering:

Why must Americans be responsible for their own health care when virtually all other developed countries provide it for their citizens?

Is it because we, as a society, want to spend even more money on military hardware and soldiers than we already spend?

If everyone must be responsible for her or his own health care, when will the government stop paying for Medicare?

If Congress puts a cap on Medicaid benefits, how soon will it cap Medicare benefits?

If members of Congress believe everyone must be responsible for their own health care, how much will they raise the minimum wage so everyone can afford it?

A quick Internet search on monthly health insurance rates came up with $321 per person and $833 per family. At the present federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour (the current California minimum wage is $10.50 per hour), a person would have to work more than 44 hours for one month of personal coverage or 115 hours for one month of family health insurance. That’s 528 and 1,380 hours per year respectively.

If any of my questions cause you concern, ask your senator and representative for their answers.

ROB COZENS

Manchester