Letters to the editor: Sept. 28, 2017

The Graham-Cassidy bill is the latest in a line of ill-conceived pieces of legislation that members of the GOP have hastily thrown together. These so-called health care bills cannot stand the test of regular order, so they are kept secret in hopes that few will notice that they cut millions of sick, elderly, disabled, children and veterans off their health care plans.

Lacking any input from medical professionals, the Graham-Cassidy Bill has been opposed by every major health organization. The Board of Directors of the National Association of Medicaid Directors said, “With only a few legislative days left … there clearly is not sufficient time for policymakers, governors, medicaid directors or other critical stakeholders to engage in the thoughtful deliberation necessary to ensure successful long-term reforms.”

This bill is reckless. Why are the GOP blind and deaf to the suffering of Americans? Health care costs in other countries are half what Americans pay. Texas, demand better health care, lower costs and better representation.


I believe it is no coincidence that Donald Trump has picked a fight with the NFL a few short days before yet another attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — this time with a bill even more unpopular then those that preceded it.

I see it as yet another calculated ploy to distract the press and the public — and part of a pattern that defines his presidency. If there is something on Congress’s agenda that’s up for a vote and likely to be unpopular, he starts a war of words and Twitter posts about something completely unrelated in order to take attention away from the matter at hand. Donald Trump is not stupid. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Like the Wizard of Oz, we are supposed to ignore the man behind the curtain.


How many of those who are protesting have served their country in the military? Thousands of young men and women have given their lives serving their country, so that we can enjoy the freedom and the way of life we have now. Our young military men and women face life and death every day to protect us, so we should be standing and thanking them for their service.

I am still wondering why the news media is not bringing this to our attention instead of all the criticism from individuals agreeing with the protesters. These men and women doing this should visit a VA hospital and see the condition of the brave men and women. Yes, we have the right to protest — but just think of the people who have given us these rights.


More than 6,000 American soldiers have lost their lives — and hundreds of thousands have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. The oft-given justification for these wars and their resulting casualties has been that they were necessary to protect our freedoms.

That our commander in chief and many of our fellow citizens would attempt to silence those who dare to kneel during the national anthem is not only contrary to the Constitution that they profess to so dearly love, it is an affront to the many men and women of our armed services who have given their lives and health, so that we may exercise this right.

When we ask our military to sacrifice to protect our freedoms, we do not include an asterisk that includes “freedom of expression not included.” The greatest threat to our freedoms does not come from outside our borders but within.


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