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Stop Graham-Cassidy

EDITOR: Constituents across the country have made it clear again and again that we don’t want to lose our health care, but Republicans in the Senate persist in trying to sneak in another version of their life-denying bill. The Graham-Cassidy bill is on the line right now. It is urgent that we do what we can to stop it.

I am a senior living in a retirement community in Santa Rosa. I depend on Medi-Cal for my health coverage, and I have been diagnosed with recurring breast cancer. My treatment options are greater than they were five years ago, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Most of the people who live where I live also have major medical issues, and the Affordable Care Act helps us all in one way or another.

I hope that everyone who reads this paper will call our senators to ask them to do what they can to stop the Graham-Cassidy bill.

SUSAN HARTMAN

Santa Rosa

True patriotism

EDITOR: Thank you, President Donald Trump, for bringing the issue of racial injustice to the attention of the common citizen. Hopefully even the hard-core sports fans who treat their stars like kings while denying basic civil rights to everyone else of color are being forced to think about this issue.

By bringing it out in the open, in his own crude manner, Trump may force each of us to actually see and face what we are doing, and have been doing for centuries, to those who are different in color. Implied white superiority is so embedded in our daily lives and habits that we often don’t realize it. It needs to be recognized before it can be changed.

The true patriot must love our country enough to be willing to see our faults and try to make the changes needed to make it better for all of its people.

COLLEEN SCHULTZ

Santa Rosa

On the brink

EDITOR: As Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump pursue their war of words, it is obvious to many who were alive in October 1960 that this kind of inane saber-rattling has happened before. Each time could have ended in nuclear war.

In October 1960, when I was a college freshman. Nikita Kruschev, the Soviet Union’s leader, slammed his shoe on a desk during a U.N. conference on “decolonization.” He was misquoted as saying, “We (meaning the Soviets) will bury you (meaning the West)!”

Two years later, the world again almost experienced a nuclear war in what was called the Cuban Missile Crisis. Russia secretly sent nuclear missiles to Cuba. President John F. Kennedy successfully called Kruschev’s bluff. The missiles returned to Russia.

We are very near the point of no return regarding an accidental nuclear war with North Korea — something nobody here, or there, wants. The very fact that we awoke today is because someone didn’t make that last, insane, pointless mistake.

North Korea deserves patient diplomatic engagement and military de-escalation.

FRANK H. BAUMGARDNER, III

Santa Rosa

Clinton’s America

EDITOR: In response to M.E. Gorman’s anti-Democratic insult to Hillary Clinton (“Clinton’s comments,” Letters, Sunday), Clinton’s degree of narcissism and insanity are far less than the clown in office now.

At least with Clinton in office, America wouldn’t be starting to sing “Duck and Cover” in defense of another narcissistic crazy person. All Americans would have affordable health care. She would be on the ground with the flood and hurricane victims consoling them and putting efforts together to get them aid as soon as possible instead of standing on a podium making unrealistic campaign speeches. We would be participating in climate change instead of being an embarrassment to the world.

And, most important, she wouldn’t be in Russia’s back pocket.

Oh my God. A Democratic woman president with a brain, compassion and common sense. How would America survive?

CAROLE I. HUYGEN

Rohnert Park

Trump’s diversion

EDITOR: Donald Trump and the Republicans are facing another defeat in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. So what does the president do? He diverts everyone’s attention by taking on the NFL, the NBA and athletes’ First Amendment rights.

Folks, we are being played here. The president has done this time and again. Switch the national conversation away from important issues where the administration is failing and focus it on issues such as Stephen Curry being disinvited to the White House. Gimme a break.

We’re a better country than this.

DAVID MONTGOMERY

Cotati

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