Suspend mass transit to slow covid
With COVID-19, and all that we do know, and all the different waves that we were told to expect for the last 10 months or so, why have we allowed mass transportation to continue?
Now I don’t like to put people out of work, but look where we are, and why, and how we got here. I do understand wanting to see family during the holidays. Let’s just hope it is not for the last time. I think the airlines need to be grounded. I don’t pretend to have the answer for how long, but look what Thanksgiving and Christmas travel has done. We need to be smarter.
Appalled at Trump supporters’ actions
I am not only appalled, but in disbelief, that our Capitol was overrun by supporters for President Trump.
I never thought in my lifetime I would even think that our Capitol could be taken over, not by our enemies but by fellow Americans.
Once more, our existing president has made us a spectacle for the world to see and I am sure they are shaking their heads. This president does not stand for democracy; he stands for confrontation and civil unrest.
He should have been telling these people to disburse and go home and admit that he has lost fair and square. What is wrong with the rest of the Republican senators and representatives that they cannot see how this is a dismantling of our democracy? Get this president in line and get him out now. He does not deserve to be rallied for.
People running in and out of our Capitol buildings at will is treasonous. They should be prosecuted to the extent of the law.
I will do everything, as an American, to ensure that this president never seeks re-election in four years. A very sad day in the history of America.
Vincent F. Carelli
We need a new plan for college loans
There’s been talk about forgiving student debt. And while I personally would greatly benefit from such a plan, it is the wrong one.
Government created this crisis by first guaranteeing private loans and then also providing loans themselves. In 2005, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act was passed with the help of Senator Biden, meaning students still have to pay off their loans even if they declare bankruptcy.
All of this has increased the cost of college by over 497% from 1985 to 2017, double what inflation was. Instead of shifting the burden from student borrowers to all taxpayers, many who made the decision not to go to college or paid off their loans, we need a systemic change.
The DOE needs to withdraw from making and guaranteeing loans, so lenders assess the risk of making the loans they’re issuing.
The current option of making income-based payments helps students that are struggling and should be continued.
Lastly student debt needs to be dischargeable in bankruptcy. This is a systemic change that would rein in ballooning college costs, transfer the risk to lenders and make students choose to go to college for a reason and not “just to go.” Higher education should be for necessary learning needed for the field you plan to go into.
This plan balances personal responsibility with compassion for those drowning in debt without unduly burdening others. For more rational Libertarian policies and plans, go to lpny.org or lp.org.
Capitol pillagers show true colors
The pillaging of the Capitol shows that not only those who support Donald Judas Trump, but those who’ve remained silent, are not only racists, they are traitors.
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