Letters To The Editor 9/27/2018

September 27, 2018 GMT

Preserve democracy

Editor: Please get out and vote on Nov. 6 for Democrats who will put checks and balances on Congress since spineless Republicans are afraid of hurting President Donald Trump’s feelings.

If things do not change our democracy is in peril. There will be less clean air and water due to deregulation and there will be deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare because of the high deficit. There would be millions of people without health care, higher taxes for the middle class, fewer public schools and more money-for-profit charter schools, no gun law reform and higher prices because of the tariffs.

So, we really do have a choice, to preserve democracy or not. It’s up to us to do the right thing.




Health care unease

Editor: In July John Chrin, the Republican candidate in the 8th Congressional District, posted on social media his opposition to the Affordable Care Act and “Medicare for all.”


Being a small business owner who purchases her family’s insurance from the marketplace and the mother of a 6-year old son with Type I diabetes who utilizes Medicaid, these posts prompted me to visit his website to look further into his health care policy. It ended up being seven lines and not containing much substance or any plans to actually fix the health care system.

He uses “buzz” words like “affordable, quality coverage” and claims that he will protect Medicare and people with pre-existing conditions. However, the GOP has voted to cut Medicaid by more than $1 trillion on multiple occasion. Every Affordable Care Act repeal vote included cuts to Medicaid and ripped away protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The budget resolution that last month passed through committee in the House includes $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid and other programs. So either Chrin plans to vote against Republican budgets and Obamacare repeal plans or he is lying.

He also criticized his opponent, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, of Moosic, for voting against repealing the medical device tax. This criticism shows that Chrin cares more about big corporations, such as medical device companies, than he does about the people who actually use medical devices, like my son. After these posts I reached out to Chrin to see if he would meet; two months later I have yet to receive a response. In contrast, when I contacted Cartwright’s office about Medicaid concerns, I received an immediate appointment with him.

Do we need a representative in the 8th District who defends big business and makes cliché health care comments or do we need a representative who actually will meet with constituents to learn what we need to improve health care?




Unifying vision


Editor: When a candidate uses lies to stoke voters’ fears, it should create questions as to why that candidate resorts to disinformation instead of outlining ideas for the community he will represent.

The tired, old tactic of lying about your opponent does not speak to today’s voters, who are very savvy.

I prefer candidates like Rep. Matt Cartwright, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, who have a positive message, look to the future with a well-thought-out plan for success and look to unite us. We look for candidates who have strong ethics, who care about all members of our community and who want to lift up all our citizens. Cartwright has a proven record of working with all members of Congress for his constituents.

We need a representative who will protect our health care and help bring about affordable education. Most important, we want to know we can trust those we elected. A candidate who lies about his opponent lies to us as well.




Trump spaced out

Editor: Donald Trump wants to start a space force.

With the way he has run the executive branch of the government, he should become the first “space cadet.” He would not need any training because he has been “out there” for a long time. His statement, “Why would anyone want to impeach the president when he is doing such a fantastic job?” only makes me think that he should be launched into space immediately.

He is, by far, the most narcissistic man who has ever been elected to any office. I think he envisions himself to be the first emperor of “Donald’s States of America.”

He cannot be believed. No American president has told as many lies. He has turned his back on black people, the middle class, American business and our allies around the world.

His launch cannot come fast enough.



Trump fenced in

Editor: Not if, but when President Donald Trump is called before a judge to explain the turmoil in the White House, the judge will ask him, “How do you plead?”

The answer should be “diminished mental capacity,” and the judge will have to accept that plea because the proof appears in media accounts daily.

Trump gives himself and his cronies a nice tax break at the cost to the little guy. He was mad at Joe Six Pack because he lost the popular vote by several million ballots. There was no voter fraud, despite his claims.

He won because of the Electoral College but not by popular vote. Granted, Hillary Clinton had her baggage, but she never would have cozied up to Russian President Vladimir Putin or North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, while alienating our traditional allies in NATO who, by the way, still fight with us in Afghanistan.

Trump claims he is smarter than everyone else. He is not. He just screams louder and longer which, to him, makes him right.

Now, with ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s statements and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s guilty plea ahead of a second criminal trial, things are going to get more interesting.

I hope Congress approves the funds for the fence: Make it 10-by-10 with steel bars.