Regarding “Senate releases health care bill, meets backlash” (July 1): Health insurance is more than a policy; it’s peace of mind. It’s knowing your family will be cared for and not having to worry about going broke when anyone gets sick. That is why I strongly opposed the present Senate health care bill. The more I learned about it, the less I like it.
Yes, the Affordable Care Act needs improvement, but robbing health care from millions of fellow residents to give yet another tax break to the rich and powerful, as Trumpcare does, is just plain cruel and inhumane. Trumpcare would do exactly the opposite its supporters say it would do – for no other reason than satisfying greed at the top of the income scale. This should not be a tax bill paid for by the working and middle classes.
James E. Kunz
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Regarding “US calls Mosul victory a ‘critical milestone’ ” (July 10): There is talk of “total victory” as Iraq defeats ISIS in the city of Mosul. It’s a great day for all those who oppose the vicious Jihadi group who proclaimed their “caliphate” in that city three years ago.
But it is worthwhile to reflect on this victory; who were the soldiers who struggled, sacrificed and prevailed in street-by-street combat over the last nine months? Our own armed forces lent support, but much of the fighting (and dying) was done by Muslims – the kind of Muslims who hate the variant of Islam that ISIS preaches. It’s worth remembering that the vast majority of the victims of ISIS have been Muslims who did not conform to that dark vision. The kind of Muslims America must continue to work with to build a world where ISIS is no more.
I agree with “Everything is a distraction” (July 17). I agree that many are more distracted by President Trump’s tweets and behavior, than encouraged by the news media to focus on the issues facing this country. The media pays more attention to the distractions Trump puts out than to the challenging issues which confront people.
Everyone needs to keep an eye on the GOP as it tries to promote tax cuts for the wealthy, rip health insurance from millions, ignore the threats from North Korea and Trump’s attempts to intimidate voters by setting up a commission to demand private voter information. People should challenge his ability to distract them from watching him ignore the need for good foreign policy and appointing ambassadors to countries where they are needed most. He is a master of distraction because he knows the “fake media” will grab the distraction and downplay this country’s most important needs.
Kathleen C. Townsend