Letters to the editor: Dec. 14, 2017


Re: Dec. 10 commentary, “Obamacare will die without the individual mandate.”

Toni Inglis claims that without the individual mandate, Obamacare will die. Why? Because it’s expensive and getting more so each year, because the coverage may not be tailored to what the insured wants or needs, or their choice of insurance companies is now so limited? Socialized medicine in other countries is far from perfect. In many countries, people purchase supplemental coverage so they can bypass long lines and get access to the very best care.

This reader believes it is neither a God-given right nor the responsibility of government to provide health care insurance. If a person doesn’t want or can’t afford insurance, that person may have more immediate problems to deal with than not having insurance — or they think they are young and invincible and won’t need it.

Obamacare was flawed from the beginning. Its demise was inevitable.

JOHN HOOPINGARNER, LAKEWAY

Re: Dec. 9 letter to the editor, “Tax cuts for the rich will hurt ordinary Americans.”

This letter was a fine description of the tax bill’s results. It is a call for everyone to contact their senators and congresspersons to demand that they vote no on this inhumane, immoral, killer bill.

Chopping funds from the middle and lower classes and giving millions to the 1 percent who already have more money than they know how to spend sensibly is outrageous. President Trump says his family will not receive a penny’s benefit. Ha! Corporations are booming, though employees are not getting meaningful pay increases.

Trickle-down economics never works — ask Reaganites. Millionaires stash funds overseas, away from needed projects here. “Make or steal it here and hide it overseas” is their motto. America isn’t becoming great again; only the rich are becoming richer again. The rest of us will suffer or die early while our government ignores us.

MARY COMER, AUSTIN

Re: Dec. 9 letter to the editor, “Tax cuts for the rich will hurt ordinary Americans.”

The author memorialized a complete list of current Democrat talking points.

Be assured, our way of life weathers every form of change. We have survived the overreach and immaturity of Obama, the war footing of “W,” the immorality of Clinton and inadequacy of Carter. People felt the same way about the Reagan tax proposals in the 1980s, yet here we are.

Speaking as a fierce Independent, I like the way the Washington establishment is unmasking itself. I believe that we finally can see America’s strength is back in focus. The horrible consequences listed by the author simply will not happen. Let’s give this conservative ideology a chance. I think this hatred of Trump is irrational. Have some faith.

TOM STEVENSON, AUSTIN

Many Austin residents are complaining about the express toll lanes on MoPac and those who can afford to use the lanes. But nobody has complained about the Trail of Lights, which is doing the same thing.

Want close-in parking? $15. Want a ZIP Pass to gain early entrance? $15 to $20. Want a Platinum Pass? $80 for one or $150 for two. All come with some special privileges, some more than others.

Apparently, it is OK to have these special elitist admissions, but the toll authority is criticized for doing the same thing on a highway. So, maybe I will drive the express toll lane to Zilker Park, get a Platinum Pass, park close, get in early, ride a cart to the start line, have snacks and a drink in the private heated lounge and drive the express lane back home.

JIM RATZMAN, AUSTIN



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