GOP needs to learn art of compromise
Representative Elise Stefanik was questioned recently about healthcare, but had no viable answers. She voted to eliminate the Affordable Care Act without a replacement in place, stating that any replacement had to be a bipartisan agreement.
She’s denying the Republicans’ efforts in the creation of the ACA through ideas from a Republican think tank, The American Heritage Corporation, in response to the President Clinton’s efforts to institute universal healthcare.
Middle class families were going bankrupt at alarming rates. A Harvard study revealed that 51% of the bankruptcies in the country were for medical reasons. Of these, 75%were insured. The Republican plan was a way to preserve the insurance industry and cover all Americans with real coverage. President Obama appointed a committee of six Republican and six Democratic senators to approach the issue, get input and formulate a plan; which became the ACA.
The Republican Party had shifted from a center-right party to a radicalized totalitarian party whose sole purpose was to obstruct everything the opposition party put forward. The Republicans’ goal has been dominance and wanting the new president to fail. They have no plans for infrastructure, healthcare or immigration reform.
The Affordable Care Act was the compromise, and that’s why the Republicans have no solutions to replace it. It was their own plan. How do you come to a bipartisan agreement with a totalitarian party that refuses to compromise?
The writer is a former Republican mayor of the city of Gloversville.
Gazette provides opposing viewpoints
My letter is in response to Mike Eplite’s Oct. 4 letter (“Paper has shifted too far left.”) Looking at the Letters to the Editor and the Opinion page of The Daily Gazette,
I have observed that the paper has included both conservative and more liberal thoughts in the opinion section of the paper. I think it is better to have a paper that prints voices that include people’s views across the spectrum of beliefs, so that we don’t just hear opinions from just the right or the left.
While the primary goal of a newspaper is to objectively report the news of the day, the reality is that our country is divided along party lines, and it is our media that can help us to evaluate both sides of an issue.
If we only look at one side, then we languish in the side in which we feel most comfortable.
As citizens, we need to be challenged to consider the other side and to understand the basis for the other side’s position. We still might come out supporting the side where we’re most comfortable, but at least we have examined both sides of the issue.
To refuse to consider a difference of opinion, we fail to use our intelligence to think through different perspectives on the issues of the day.
Nisky should weigh public trash pickup
With 2020 being a national election year, we can expect to hear much overheated rhetoric about the evils of socialism and the joys of free enterprise.
So let’s consider a necessary service: garbage pickup. When we moved to our Niskayuna neighborhood in ‘84 there was one service, municipally provided, if memory serves. Now we have three commercial services.
Recently a young man tried to sell us on yet a fourth service with aggressive pricing as his selling point. He claimed that some neighbors had signed up. If true, this would mean that four times each week, we will have very heavy trucks making multiple stops, including reversing on neighborhood streets which have numerous curves with short sight distances.
In addition to autos, these streets are used by walkers, bicyclists, joggers, schoolchildren waiting in the dark for school buses, UPS, FedEx, USPS, town trucks picking up yard waste and clearing snow, and homeowners allowing yard waste to spill into the street. Such a combination appears to be a recipe for a personal injury accident or even a fatality.
Do we just wait for this to happen or act proactively, either by returning to solely municipal garbage pickup (enduring the evils of socialism?) or a single private provider whose pricing is regulated by the town?
Ted and Norrine Thompson
Grateful for coverage of Connery services
I extend a sincere thank you to The Gazette newspaper and all the TV stations that provided extensive positive media coverage of the acceptance of the body at 3 p.m. and the memorial Mass at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenville in memory of Reverend J. Thomas Connery, our beloved former pastor, teacher and friend.
Your coverage was a great gift to our Catholic community.
Joseph M. Aglio