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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 1

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 1

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Trump, Netanyahu are on similar paths

There are many similarities between the political situation in the United States and Israel.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. He has been accused of providing regulators with millions of dollars as bribes to a leading Israeli website for favorable coverage of the prime minister and his family.
He also wanted rough treatment of his political adversaries. It is ironic that Fox News supplies Trump with the latter at no charge.
Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit indicted Netanyahu for trading official favors, accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu even called the investigations and indictment a “witch hunt,” although Mr. Mandelblit belonged to the same party (Likud) and was Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary and closest adviser. Mr. Mandelblit said that the indictment of the prime minister was necessary because “Law enforcement is not a choice. This is not a choice of left or right. This is not a matter of politics.”
It is about time that Attorney General William Barr stop debasing his position as AG by playing politics and acting as Trump’s private attorney. Do your job.
Mark Markovitz
Niskayuna


Retirees will regret loss of Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act: Republicans hate it and many Democrats don’t understand it.
The truth is before the Affordable Care Act, Americans with “pre-existing conditions” had to pay unbelievable premiums for health insurance. Both young and old had to pay these high premiums, and companies like Mutual of Omaha, Travelers, Blue Shield and many others were making profits that were immeasurable.
In my own case, my wife and I, after retiring before we turned 65, found that because we had minor pre-existing conditions, we had to pay upwards of $10,000 in premiums, and each of us had a $5,000 deductible before the insurance kicked in.
Many of our friends were in the same boat once they stopped working. Many worked for companies that paid for their health insurance, and unionized workers received theirs through their union’s insurance and pension funds.
Again, once retired, these same workers had to fend for themselves once COBRA ended. What senior citizen made it to retirement without some kind of pre-existing conditions? That hernia, back problem,or carpal tunnel injury, no matter how slight, is a “pre-existing condition.”
The Affordable Care Act put an end to those with pre-existing conditions paying exorbitant premiums, as the Act’s best part was the provision that insurance companies had to accept them and couldn’t charge more than those without them. Many of those complaining about the Act had better pray it stays in effect. If the ACA gets repealed the “pre-existing conditions” provision goes away. God help us.
Gary Philip Guido
Rotterdam


I see why evangelicals are drawn to Trump

A thought struck me as I was once again thinking about the seeming contradiction in the Christian evangelical acceptance of Trump as a heroic leader — or even a legitimate leader and patriot— and traditional Christian values.
An epiphany: Their entire lives are spent trying to make the utterly ridiculous plausible. This explains their acceptance of an all-powerful and good god, who nonetheless allows horrible evil and injustice in the world, and the self-proclaimed ‘chosen one,’ whose personal, business and political history are a sordid story of corruption and racism.
Anthony J. Santo
Rotterdam

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