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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, June 9

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, June 9

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Focus on real issues, not the border wall

Yes, immigration at our southern border is chaotic.
However, Trump’s “wall” will not solve the problem.
A comprehensive, humane, and rational immigration policy is required to address this issue.
However, such a policy is unlikely to be forthcoming, since Trump’s approach to immigration is based on threat and punishment. In the meantime, there are a number of issues significantly more important to our well-being than “wall funding.” A few are noted below.
The opioid epidemic: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In 2016, U.S. health care providers wrote more than 214 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, a rate of 66.5 prescriptions per 100 people. More than 40 percent of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription opioid.
Gun deaths: According to the CDC, in 2017 there were nearly 40,000 gun deaths in America, the highest absolute number of gun deaths in nearly 50 years. This increase in deaths was driven by suicides; 60 percent of gun deaths were self-inflicted. While the number of gun homicides has fluctuated over the last decade, the number of gun suicides has steadily increased.
Climate change: A recent threat assessment by our nation’s intelligence community warned that climate change and other types of environmental degradation pose serious risks to global stability because they are “likely to fuel competition for resources, and cause economic distress and social discontent through 2019 and beyond.”
Focus on the issues noted above. Forget “the wall.”
Don Steiner
Schenectady


Dems have shown taxes, but not Trump

FYI to letter writer Pete Pidgeon; Everyone (all Democrats, wonder why) you mentioned in your June 6 letter has all shown their taxes, except Trump.
Diane Sanders Hombach
Schenectady


Planned Parenthood more than abortions

When anti-abortion people talk against Planned Parenthood, all they talk about are abortions. They don’t know about or mention other things, such as free birth control and condoms. Planned Parenthood  helps males as well as females.
They talk about safe sex, and it’s a place one can go to without insurance and no or little money.
If it wasn’t for Planned Parenthood, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Rachael Wilkinson
Saratoga Springs


Do we really want a “king-y” president?

The recent event where the palace guards endeavored to hide the name of the Navy ship USS John McCain so that King Trump would not see it and have a nervous breakdown is a significant sign of our times.
It reminded me of the scene in the famous Disney animation of “Alice in Wonderland” where the “cards,” who are actually palace servants, run around the castle gardens painting the white roses red.
The roses must be red, we know, because the queen does not like white roses. This obsession is an allegory of Great Britain’s true history and the real conflict known as the “Wars of the Roses.”
In the 1400s, there was a political war between two clans in the British royal family of the Plantagenets: the House of Lancaster (red roses) and the House of York (white roses).
The King in the present United States of Wonderland, like the Queen in Lewis Carroll’s fictional Wonderland, decides what is permitted to be believed. The population goes about its business, walking, talking and chewing gum simultaneously, but it looks like something is being covered up, either a ship or a house of cards, or both, and the people are losing their heads.
Should our president be like a king or like a dutiful administrator, a chief bureaucrat limited by policies defined by a dominant legislature? In our own time, we will see how the “king-y” type of president works out for us.
John Manimas Medeiros
Schenectady

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