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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Sep. 17

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Sep. 17

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GOP has become  the party of inaction

The Daily Gazette Sept. 2 opinion piece “Taxing the Rich Won’t pay for Democratic Promises” by David Wilson (who worked for Newt Gingrich) focuses on what we can’t do.
Like many Republicans, he argues against Democratic efforts to find solutions, offering no alternate plans. He cringes over the 10-year $30 trillion to 40 trillion projected cost of “Medicare For All.” That sounds staggering until you consider that under the current health system, 10-year costs will exceed $50 trillion, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (see cms.gov).
Wilson goes on to say how impossible it will be to afford plans to combat climate change, like Elizabeth Warren’s proposed $2 trillion “Green Apollo Program” that would focus on green research, manufacturing and exporting green technology.
He totally neglects the cost of doing nothing. Most analysts predict climate change costs will be enormous as cities flood, fresh water becomes scarce and storms increase in intensity. We need more than a moonshot to deal with climate change; we need an effort equivalent to the buildup for World War II. But let’s not wait for a climate Pearl Harbor to act.
The Republicans are the party of “no” and “can’t.” They want us to retreat into a shell. In the last 100 years, most of this country’s big domestic improvements, such as the WPA, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act, have come from Democrats. Under Republican Dwight Eisenhower, rich people were taxed as much as 90 percent, which funded the Interstate Highway System.
Peter Watrous

Thanks to bank for electronics recycling

In this day when it seems everyone wants to complain about everything, I would like to say thanks. Thank you to the Ballston Spa National Bank for the electronic recycling day it had on Sept. 7 at its headquarters in Ballston Spa. This a great service to the community and gave us a place to get rid of the old electronic products we had in our homes. The bank staff was well organized and prompt, and everyone had a smile on their face! Great job BSNB. We thank you.
Frank Blair
Ballston Spa

Clarify position on health care plans

The Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993 was introduced and co-sponsored by Republicans. It’s considered similar to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Massachusetts health care reform (also called Romneycare) is also considered similar to the ACA. Based on my experience, Republicans who dislike the ACA and Democrats who promote the ACA don’t acknowledge Romneycare very much. Regardless, the programs are considered similar.
Regarding the many Republican attempts to get rid of the ACA (which has been compared to their own), are they merely attempting to appease their base and nothing more, or are they authentic attempting to get rid of the ACA? I don’t think voters on either side want to know the answer to that.
Colin Yunick

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