Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for Aug. 18

Take what you get now and come back later for the rest

I am running out of room on this wall of opportunity to bang my head on, a wall apparently the gutless Republican Party cannot see. Their reasons for failure are endless. First they said we don’t have any power, so the informed voters gave them the House, not enough they said, so we got them the Senate, then the presidency. Still nothing can get done. Since 2008 when Barack Obama became president the Dems have lost over 1,000 legislative seats in state and national legislatures and now the Republicans control almost 3/4 of the governors’ seats; still they do not act. Having campaigned for eight years on getting rid of Obamacare, a bill drawn up by a party that spent millions on a website (which crashed the first day it was supposed to sign up enrollees) is an example of how smart their party is. The bill passed without any Republican votes. The milquetoast Republicans are trying to get complete repeal of Obamacare ... it can’t be done. You cannot give a baby a pacifier (Obamacare) to suck on for eight years and then take it away. President Ronald Reagan said that you take what you get now and come back later for the rest! President Donald Trump believes the same thing; it is called negotiation. If the Republicans do not get Obamacare replaced, tax reform, and a jobs bill passed before the 2018 midterm election, then you can say goodbye to a two-party system in America and we will become a Progressive-Socialist country that the Democrats have wanted all along!

Garland J. Horn, Granite City

I don’t make excuses for their actions

I’ve voted both Democrat and Republican. I criticized Donald Trump when he made comments regarding John McCain not being a hero because he was shot down in Vietnam. I criticized the Bush 43 deficits and condemned Richard Nixon for his dirty deeds. I didn’t make excuses for their actions. I watched numerous speeches and debates with Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the 17 Republican candidates. Trump earned my vote because he had the accomplishments, passion and ideas to put Americans first without playing the traditional political games.

When a person appears incapable of being objective, you disregard all of their opinions; i.e., letter writers Joseph Reichert and Lee Pitzer. What’s prevalent today with these and other liberals is they make excuses for the crimes, corruption and depravity of Democrats, while distorting facts and lying about Republicans. Examples: Trump turns $5 million into $10 billion and he’s somehow not a good businessman. Democrats attempt to declare Trump a failure saying he filed for bankruptcy four times. Trump did not file chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy, he filed chapter 11 which allowed the companies to reorganize debt and stay in business. All four bankruptcies were connected to Trump’s Atlantic City hotel/casino holdings when the local economy tanked. You’d think keeping those businesses open and thousands employed would be a good thing. Not if you’re a liberal locked on the spin cycle.

Gary Like, Highland

Thank you Congressman Mike Bost

Thanks to Congressman Mike Bost for meeting with us and three other constituents last week. We had requested the meeting to thank him for his support last year of the Global Food Security Act and to express our hope that he would protect and improve programs for poor and hungry people, both here and abroad.

The current House budget proposal would drastically cut programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and refundable tax credits. These programs provide basic assistance to individuals and families working to get back on their feet. Likewise, the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) nutrition program helps keep hunger at bay for millions of children living at risk of hunger. The proposed cuts and structural changes that shift the cost of domestic safety-net programs to states threaten the ability of these programs to help everyone who is eligible. Congressman Bost did not commit to protecting these vital programs, but we thank him for meeting with us.

Regarding international programs that end hunger and poverty, we urged Congressman Bost to continue Congress’ commitment to international assistance programs. At less than one percent of the federal budget, foreign assistance is some of the most impactful money we spend. Congressman Bost said he would look into the contention we share with the American Enterprise Institute that American tax dollars could be used more efficiently by not requiring all American food aid to be produced in the U.S. and shipped on American flagged ships.

Ronald C. Neustadt, Belleville

Money well spent

While intentions were good, the BND staff missed the mark on one of their “targets” in their article on Madison County school districts being added to their 2017 Public Pay Database.

First on their highest-paid list was Peter Wangler from Alton School District 1. Air Force Colonel (retired) Wangler leads Alton High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program, whose mission is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.

AFJROTC instructor duty is restricted to Air Force members who served more than 20 years on active duty and are currently receiving military retirement pay. Under the employment arrangement the Air Force picks up 50 percent of the annual salary of the officer.

Alton High School gets a senior AF officer and aviator with over 25 years experience on their faculty at a cost of only $49,960.96 to local taxpayers. That sounds like a real bargain considering Col. Wangler has been highly successful in his role to instill values of citizenship, give service to the United States, develop a personal responsibility, and instill a sense of accomplishment in high school students.

Money well spent! As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Bill Malec, O’Fallon

I’ll expect your apology for doubting my sincerity to be forthcoming

Barbara Viviano casually dismissed my plea to Rep. Mike Bost to consider the human cost of his vote to roll back Medicaid coverage and the life-saving provisions of the Affordable Care Act. She calls it an “absurd premise” and that she is tired of the “concerned citizen” schtick.

How dare you, Ms. Viviano. Have you no shame?

You don’t know me. You don’t know my family. You don’t know anything about me, other than I’m not on Team Red, but that seems to be enough for you to feel comfortable dismissing my viewpoint in public. And “schtick”? I’m sorry if in my frustration at not being able to get an answer from the congressman on the record that I spoke in a manner you disapprove of. I’ll expect your apology for doubting my sincerity to be forthcoming.

Only one of the two of us is engaged in attacking a fellow American simply because of their party or affiliation. I think the lady doth protest too much.

Chris Baker, Waterloo