Losing our way
EDITOR: I may be naive, but I was taught that the president and Congress were elected to do what is right, fair and for the good of the American people. Obviously, I was wrong, as the last number of important decisions have been what is good for the president and Congress, not what is right, fair or beneficial to the rest of the country.
First, the “replace and repeal” of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Eliminating 30 million people from any health care isn’t a problem for the Republicans in Congress, as they will still have their health care paid for by us.
Second, the “tax reform” plan being floated by our esteemed Republican members of Congress, which will reduce the taxes on the top 1 percent and corporations on the backs of those in the lowest brackets.
And finally, probably one of the most cowardly of all is the president and members of Congress refusing to discuss gun control, with the lame excuse “this isn’t the time to talk about this” after the horrendous carnage in Las Vegas. Really, when is it the time to talk about this?
When did we lose our way? How will we get it back? What a mess we have gotten ourselves into.
Parks vs. traffic
EDITOR: Judging from his letter, it is evident that William Potter (“Highway 12 traffic,” Friday) needs to spend more time outside in beautiful Spring Lake and Annandel parks to get his priorities straight. Sure, less traffic would be nice, but it is no reason to destroy one of Sonoma County’s nicest parks.
EDITOR: I, for one, am puzzled that after only 10 months in office in which to learn U.S. geography, President Donald Trump has just claimed that Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean — “It’s a big ocean, it’s a very big ocean.” Perhaps with a few more months of study, he could learn that they are actually in the Caribbean Sea, but that may be too much of a distinction for him to absorb.
In any event, as commander-in-chief, he should have learned by now that our Navy has yuuuuge ships and the Air Force has yuuuuge cargo planes, both of which are capable of taking large amounts of supplies over “very big” bodies of water in relatively short periods of time.
Why hasn’t he ordered them to do so? Could it be because these American citizens speak Spanish? Could it be that even though they have representatives in Congress they can’t vote for president? Could it be that, unlike Florida and Texas, which received help so quickly, these Americans vote heavily Democratic?
Or is it just that he is so terribly worried about the much more serious problem of some football players kneeling before they participate in a privately owned, for-profit business?
PATRICIA F. CLOTHIER
Footing the bills
EDITOR: What a disgrace that victims of the Las Vegas shootings have to use Go Fund Me to help pay for their medical bills. The National Rifle Association and those in the government who refuse to make any changes to gun laws should be footing the bills.