Focus on fixing the problems of today
The Sept. 22 Gazette column by Richard Hughes (“Just teach the truth about our less-than-glorious history”), like so many leftists, can only see the bad in America.
The 1619 project, critical race theory and reparations for slavery are all being pushed by groups that seem to want to be victims rather than productive citizens.
Yes Mr. Hughes, the United States has many blemishes on its historical record, but what country doesn’t have blemishes?
Many of those sins were offset by the United States coming to the aid of the rest of the world during World War I and II and Korea. I choose to look at the glass three-quarters full and not one-quarter empty.
Hughes may want to look in the mirror as one of those teaching our young people during the last 40 years. The left has been in control of the education system. For many, the Japanese internment you referred to was often viewed as a California issue, not studied much in the rest of the country, much like the Revolutionary War in the east.
Our society is not very conscious of its history and tends to look up with hope, a Judeo-Christian value.
Let’s address our problems of today and quit trying to look for where someone might be the victim of some previous injury.
Look at the thousands of people streaming across our southern border, including people from the island nation of Haiti, and tell them that this is a country without heart.
They want what is here in the United States of America.
Gerard F. Havasy
We must encourage medical innovation
My father suffered a stroke at the height of the pandemic in April of 2020.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, my mom and I couldn’t visit him until 10 minutes after he had already passed away. No family should have to lose a loved one in the tragic way that we did. In the midst of the pandemic, this experience was unfortunately all too common.
Thankfully, we now have multiple vaccines helping us move past this terrible chapter, and these treatments have offered so much hope during these uncertain times.
That’s why it unnerves me to learn that Congress is currently considering changes to Medicare. According to the CBO, proposals calling for Medicare negotiation could mean fewer treatments make it to market.
Under the guise of the term “negotiation,” these changes to Medicare would give the government unprecedented control in determining the price of medication.
Medicare negotiation gives the government way too much control in health care. To sustain our world-leading access to medicines, we need to keep up the momentum that the pharmaceutical industry has and encourage innovation, not hinder it.
Now more than ever, we need New York’s representatives to fight for innovation and policy changes that protect and promote research.
At a time like this, elected officials should be working overtime to pass smart, safe policies, and Medicare negotiation isn’t it.
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