‘Thought-provoking’ opinions appreciated

Thanks for a really good, informative issue, about what’s going on in the East Mountains. I especially liked your two “opinion” contributions, “The Future of “Print is in Print,” and “Democrats, what’s going to be different this time?”

Both authors gave very thought-provoking articles, both of which gave good common sense opinions for our personal consideration.

They challenge all of us to be positive and realistic to improving life for all of us rather than just grouching and being negative about everything we don’t like. It’s up to all of to make our communities better places in which to live and thrive, as persons and families.

Richard Hahn, Sandia Park


Opposed to Republican policies & politicians

More and more we hear serious discussion regarding the impeachment of President Donald Trump. What we don’t hear is serious discussion on just how dangerous all the Republican policies are. If Trump is impeached the two men most likely to assume the presidency are Mike Pence, the vice president or Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House.

Now these two men are just as dangerous to America. Unlike Trump, they appear to be sane adults and are both hard core Republicans with the political experience to push the Republican agenda. They would likely be more able to pass the dangerous Republican policies into law.

If taken apart and seriously considered, these Republican policies are designed to literally kill Americans. Healthcare is a transparent example of this. The attempt to “repeal and replace” Obama Care was said to deny care to some 30 million Americans currently covered. Some percentage of these people will die without access to health care. Republicans don’t care.

Healthcare is pretty obvious, less clear are the hidden policies you don’t often think about and which receive less coverage by the media. Trump and some of his fellow Republicans are bragging about lifting regulations. And yes, lifting government regulations for industry does make it more profitable for those industries, but at what cost to human beings and the planet.

When I lived in Los Angeles I was appalled at the air pollution. It was hard to see the big green interstate signs. That was smog. We all breathed three packs a day worth before government regulated the sources of air pollution—industry and automobiles.

The city of Flint, Michigan under a Republican appointed city manager had the city’s water source switched to the Flint River resulting in lead contaminated water for the residents of that city. It’s now years later and many residents still can’t drink the water they are forced to pay for. You don’t necessarily die from lead poisoning but you are mentally impaired for life. None of us want to have to drink polluted water, so yes, here government regulations are needed.

And what about the food you buy from your local grocery store? I want what I buy to feed my family to be safe to eat. I want the chicken farms and packaging plants to be inspected. I want to know that the pesticides being dumped on the fields are not getting to the table or to the rivers. We need impartial government inspector and government issued, restrictions and regulations. Food related disease outbreaks have killed people. Without sensible regulations industry will profit and Americans will die.

Most people are finally getting it that climate change is real. Yet Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord. The totally Republican controlled Congress could have done something. For example, they could have put together a bill holding the U.S. to the Accord’s mandates or maybe even something more meaningful.

Unfortunately they didn’t do this, didn’t even talk about doing something like this. This withdrawal from the Accord and Congressional inaction will eventually kill people and maybe even destroy the ability of the planet to host life. Maybe not you, and possibly not your children but most assuredly without action your grandchildren will bear the burden. The world population will start to die.

It’s Republican policies that are keeping the US from sensible gun control legislation—keeping weapons out of the hands of the mentally unfit, limiting magazines to a reasonable size, and restricting the military grade automatic weapons to the military. Can anybody question that these Republican policies aren’t killing people? Remember Sandy Hook, the Orlando night club shooting, the Las Vegas massacre and the latest in Sutherland Springs, Texas where 26 are dead.

Trump’s loose words have moved the world closer to war, even nuclear war. Where is the Republican controlled Congress? They can pass a simple resolution saying that war—especially a nuclear war—cannot be started without Congressional approval. It’s already law, but a resolution naming Trump and reminding him of that just might keep millions and millions from dying—especially while he’s on a trip to Asia. We all know he can’t keep his blustering mouth shut.

It’s not just Trump who is destroying America, it’s the Republican policies. They are killing Americans. We all need to read, listen, learn and fight to preserve us—that’s both U.S. (the United States) and us (we the people).

Ann Ruhnka, Moriarty