Re “Time’s running out: Trump’s terrible choices on North Korea” (Viewpoints, Aug. 2): The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first object placed in orbit, on Oct. 4, 1957. Two days later, the Soviets tested a nuclear weapon, and could deliver such a weapon anywhere in the U.S. President Eisenhower’s options were at least as terrible as President Trump’s now. Despite that, we didn’t go to war with the Soviets. Perhaps we can learn something from our ancestors that will help in dealing with North Korea.
Jim Eychaner, Carmichael
North Korea wants ICBMs that would threaten the U.S., stopping the U.S. from intervening when the north invades South Korea. The Kim family rules the North with a massive military, and has declared that it intends to continue its Fatherland Liberation War, taking over the South. In 1953, an armistice “temporarily” halted the fighting, but we are still at war. Sanctions and the U.N.’s condemnations have done nothing, and will do nothing to stop the fanatical Kims from their goal. Our choices: Stop their ICBM development by shooting down all test launches, hand over South Korea, or nuclear war. Does Donald Trump have the guts to stop it, or will he be another Obama?
Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights
Re “This is what should happen next on health care. With Trump, it won’t.” (Editorials, July 28) If the feds were to guarantee that it would reimburse insurers for copayment and deductibles of people who are not quite poor enough to get Medi-Cal, our premiums would go down by double digits. This would help the middle class, state budgets and the federal budget. So naturally Trump threatens to end payments to insurance companies. How can we explain to Trump that health care is not about winning at all costs? It’s about helping people.
Inna Tysoe, Sacramento
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