Email Letters: September 9, 2016
Colorado Care represents true progress for universal health care
ProgressNow Colorado, which recently came out against Amendment 69 (universal health care for all Coloradans) should change its name to RegressNow Colorado. I suggest as a symbol they create a car stuck in reverse and unable to go forward. Their pronouncement ignores their parent organization ProgressNow statement that their mission is to promote progressive causes.
ProgressNow Colorado fails to address the facts of U.S. healthcare today. Obamacare has been a step in the right direction, but doesn’t cover everyone and has insurance companies in charge of U.S. health care. Not only are the insurance companies restricting health care, but in many cases refusing to pay for treatment or drugs prescribed by your doctors. A universal health care system is the only answer; thank you Bernie Sanders for promoting it, as more Americans are now demanding it.
These are the facts:
1. More than 80 percent of all Coloradans will be paying less than they are paying now by eliminating the private insurance companies.
2. All medically necessary care will be funded through a ColoradoCare cooperative, such as doctor visits, hospitalizations, prescriptions, mental health care, rehab, home care, eye care, and dental care.
3. By eliminating the health insurers, billions will be saved in administrative costs.
I suggest every Coloradan look at the cost of their health care from five years ago and compare it to the cost today. Every Coloradan should be aware that the U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world where two thirds of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills.
Don’t listen to the naysayers like RegressNow (aka ProgressNow Colorado). Vote Yes for Amendment 69 in November. Once Coloradans obtain universal health care by its passage, Colorado will lead other states to do the same.
VIRGINIA W. RYAN
Enemy nations would be more restrained with Trump as president
In the news, Hillary Clinton vowed not to send American ground troops to Iraq or Syria. If elected, Clinton would follow in the same foots steps of deteriorating America’s military, as President Obama has done in the name of equalization. Most of the problems in the Middle East, North Korea, and Iran could have been prevented if the president had pulled his head out of the sand and accepted the truth about these countries being enemy nations.
Obama never showed any courage to stand up to these nations; instead he made excuses for them. He has spent most of his time on global warming, which is not an immediate danger like the terrorists in the cities etc. All the enemy nations have Obama figured out in the moves he makes beforehand.
I would take my chances with Donald Trump. The enemy nations would be a lot more careful with him as president.
RAFAEL A SALAZ
Politicians should lead by consent of the governed, not by bullying
Donald Trump, Commander-in-Chief, what a scary thought. Like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, he would get rid of the generals not loyal to him. The United States military serves the people of the United States, not one individual. Every dictator, including Donald’s pal Putin, surrounds himself with flunkies who don’t dare question their master. Fortunately, Trump will be blocked in his intent due to the need to get the Congress to go along.
We need a true leader who understands that government in the USA leads by consent of the governed, not by bullying. In business, you do not need your employees to agree with your actions. Sorry Donald, if running over people is your management style, go back to running casinos (except for Atlantic City where you failed).
As to military spending, as the Republicans are always fond of pointing out, throwing more money at the problem (if there is one) will not solve the problem. How about we concentrate on those in active service and not the defense contractors? If spending $600 billion a year, more than the next seven countries combined isn’t working, what guarantee will we get that more will solve the problem? If increasing spending can be shown to be the solution, how about raising taxes on the 1 percent who benefit from living in the USA?
DANIEL H HARRIS
Sentinel should abandon ‘no endorsement’ stance in favor of Clinton
Sentinel readers should laugh-out-loud at Mesa’s Republican apologist Dave Kearsley’s fatuous search for reasons to support Donald Trump for president (“Trump will rebuild military, put American jobs first”).
While Kearsley asserts that “a better way to make a judgment about” a candidate who is both temperamentally and experientially unfit to be president “is to look at his children,” all five (like Trump) were born with “silver spoons in their mouths.”
Donald Jr. has done quite well for himself within the Trump Organization, and reportedly supports both marriage equality and marijuana legalization – “to the disgust of his father’s right-wing followers.”
Trump has publicly “ogled” his “favorite daughter” Ivanka (a former teen model) – who nonsensically excuses his racist and sexist appeals as being merely “blunt and direct.”
While vintner Eric’s Foundation gave $30 million to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in California, his father’s surrogates falsely credited that philanthropy to the candidate. Meanwhile, Eric has been brazenly spouting the obvious falsehood that his father’s still undisclosed tax returns are too complicated for Americans to understand (“like father, like son”), and makes light of his father’s alleged erstwhile mob connections.
Trump avoids talking about his other “hot” daughter Tiffany, a Manhattan “playgirl’ and “one of the Rich Kids of Instagram – a group of girls and guys in their early twenties who record every moment of their extravagant parent-funded lifestyles online.”
While Trump promises to “put American jobs first,” he fails to practice what he preaches. While Trump promises to “rebuild our weakened military,” he offers no way to pay for it and his tax proposals would balloon the national debt and enrich himself.
While Kearsley’s oil and gas investment products may have “gone downhill the past eight years.” the U.S. economy has not: the stock market has doubled and the price of gas has nearly halved, increasing “middle class workers” disposable incomes (as evidenced by record car sales from a U.S. industry Kearsley would have allowed to go bankrupt).
On Wednesday, for the first time in 75 years, the Dallas Morning News endorsed a Democrat – Hillary Clinton – “as the only serious candidate on the presidential ballot.” http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20160907-we-recommend-hillary-clinton-for-president.ece.
On Thursday, Trump took to Russian state-owned TV to attack U.S. foreign policy and the free American press. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-attacks-us-foreign-policy-political-press-corps-on-state-owned-russian-television-network/ar-AAiFCfQ?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp.
Clearly, the Daily Sentinel should abandon its cowardly “no endorsement” stance.
Ask two politicians what it means to be ‘American’ and you’ll get three different answers
If we don’t elect Colin Kaepernick president, I’m moving to Olathe. Twerking specialist Miley Cyrus has already reserved her U-Haul trailer in case Trump wins. Hey, must make room for Syrian immigrants, right? And since preventing countless, worldwide, tyrannical, bloody, nightmares is no big deal, isn’t it good to see America finally doing its part?
The issue of immigration is not about documents and vetting terrorists…it’s about getting more traffic on Patterson! It’s about doubling the drive time to Denver and intensifying time with passengers! It’s about I-70 gridlock at 10,000 feet and testing bladder fortitude!
Suggestion: End all immigration. Secure all borders. Deport all convicted violent criminals. Then, care for and educate every potential American who is already here! They desperately need to know who created this exceptional nation and why. It really is about borders, language and culture. But we can’t be rewarding lawbreakers, right?
No, seriously, even in this era of unparalleled corruption, is it not adorable that some people still hold tenaciously to this quaint notion of obedience to law? Barney “one bullet” Fife, eat your heart out!
Unfortunately, the objection stands. So, how soon will those who refuse to enforce immigration law lose pensions and be prosecuted? Why punish people who escaped some crappy country and brought us nothing but good intentions? Truth is, we don’t need more immigrants. We need more Americans! Problem is, and it is staggering, who on Earth is going to properly educate our undocumented neighbors? As it is with professors and preachers, ask two politicians what it truly means to be an “American” and you’ll get three different answers.
Now if we find ourselves abandoned by Miley Cyrus, let’s set her anthology ablaze and settle for ambience filled with actual talent. I’m going with Van Halen II.
Is cash sent to Iran being used to build statue of Obama?
Is it true or just a rumor that part of the $170 billion cash sent to Iran is going to be used to erect a statue of President Obama and build his presidential library - in Tehran? Just wondering.