Letters to the Editor

Opinion

Letters: Republicans are rewarding plutocrats with tax deal

Re “How bad is the GOP tax plan for California? Republicans don’t even like it” (Editorials, Nov. 4): As a fiscal conservative, social liberal and independent voter, I was praying that a handful of Republican senators would stick to their declared principles and prevent the monstrous tax legislation. Instead, they chose to support. This bill may be soon regarded as one of the worst pieces of legislation ever, with people who clearly know better choosing to support some bizarre trickle-down logic that has never previously proved itself. Just ask Kansas. Shifting so much wealth to people who have no use for it except to boost their already inflated egos is shameful. As a 65 year-old, I thought he’d seen most everything. But I feel shame for Republicans who are enabling of President Donald Trump, who frightens me more each day, to destroy the environment, health care, the social safety net and any notion that DC functions for anyone other than plutocrats advancing their own selfish interests.

Opinion

Letters: GOP tax bill will hurt people with medical problems

Re “How bad is the GOP tax plan for California? Republicans don’t even like it” (Editorials, Nov. 4): I am writing to draw attention to the negative impact the Republican tax plan would have on chronically ill Americans. My family spends thousands of dollars on healthcare every year, even with insurance. This tax bill jeopardizes the medical deductions that we rely on to minimize some of that financial impact. It would also repeal the individual mandate that helps fund the Affordable Care Act, sending the entire healthcare industry into chaos. I fear that if this tax plan passes, we would no longer be able to afford our premiums. This would mean death for my father, who cannot survive without insulin, and a life of chronic pain for me. I urge my fellow Americans to stand up to the greed and disregard for human life our representatives displayed in creating this bill and show them that we will vote each of them out of office if they pass this bill.

Opinion

Letters: Republican tax plan will be good for every taxpayer

Re “How bad is the GOP tax plan for California? Republicans don’t even like it” (Editorials, Nov. 4): I assume that the Americans who oppose the GOP tax cut are either Democrats towing the party line or people who don't pay taxes in the first place. One would have to fall into one of those two groups to prefer to give their hard-earned paycheck to the government, instead of putting it into their bank accounts. Or is it that they prefer to benefit off the paychecks of others? People opposed to the plan harp on the negatives, while ignoring the positives. It will be a net gain for every taxpayer, regardless of their state of domicile.

Opinion

Letters: California DMV’s lackadaisical service

My left hip was replaced Nov. 1. I submitted a form and check to the California Department of Motor Vehicles for a temporary disabled placard by mail on Nov 2. The Postal Service undoubtedly delivered the application by Nov 5, But the DMV did not process the request until Dec 2, more than four weeks later. The DMV has taken my money but not delivered a usable service. I am more mobile than most who get hip replacements, so lacking a placard was not a severe hardship. But what about people who are older and more infirm. How do they cope? And to whom can we complain, or say that I no longer needed the placard? If there's such a contact in the DMV, it isn't to be found on its website. This lackadaisical response by the DMV is standard operating procedure, and in regard to the processing of disabled placards, inexcusable.

Letters to the Editor

Letters: GOP tax bill would inflict pain on families facing medical expenses

Re “Highlights of Senate, House GOP bills to overhaul tax code” (sacbee.com, Dec. 1): Overnight, a family can find that the Medical Expenses deduction, never previously used, has become their largest deduction. Current tax law provides some relief from the devastating expenses of caring for a loved one. Loss of the medical deduction, as contained in the House version of the tax bill, will be a cruel financial blow for many families. The shock may also be unexpected because most coverage of the revisions has barely mentioned the medical deductions. Unfortunately, there apparently are no powerful lobbying interests for the splintered assisted care industry.

Opinion

Letters: How do you know when Donald Trump is lying?

Re “One day it’s Pocahontas, on another LaVar Ball. How do we keep track of the Trump circus?” (Foon Rhee, Nov. 27): President Donald Trump is now casting doubt on the authenticity of the Access Hollywood tape. But at the time of the revealing of the tape he admitted to it, and apologized. He excused it as locker room talk, as if that is a valid excuse. Now, he is saying the tape was faked. Was he lying then, or lying now? How stupid does he think we are? Actually, pretty stupid, and he might be correct. His base is probably buying this, just like they are buying the Middle Class tax cut for Christmas.

Opinion

Letters: Democrats don’t seem to understand taxes

Do Democrats truly not understand that taxation is a process whereby government takes money people have earned? If they did, they would understand that tax cuts do not give anyone anything but merely takes less from them. Recent history reveals the dishonesty of the “gift” assertion. The Bush tax cuts were never described by Democrats as anything but a gift to the rich. That is until they were about to expire. Then they belatedly seemed to note that the cuts were of substantial benefit to the middle class. Of course they still had to demagogue the issue by insisting they not be renewed for the rich. They seemed not to notice that once the rich were excluded, there was no reason to extend the cuts since, according to Democrats, the rich were the only ones who had ever benefited in the first place.

Opinion

Letters: Justice was not served in Kate Steinle’s death

Re “This 32-year-old woman’s accused killer, deported 5 times, found not guilty of murder” (sacbee.com, Nov. 30): It is difficult to put into words my sympathy for the Steinle family, and my anger at her killer, as well as my disappointment with the jury verdict in the case. An innocent woman was killed, her family grieves and the admitted killer essentially gets to walk away. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the killer, admitted possessing the weapon used, while denying he pulled the trigger, a fact proved false by expert testimony, and the jury couldn't even find him guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Victims are often an afterthought, discarded while the public worries about the perpetrator’s rights. This was one of those cases and the entire nation is worse for this terrible miscarriage. When all is said and done, Kate Steinle remains dead, her family torn asunder by her death, and no one, including the killer is held accountable. Shame on us

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