Re “Social Security benefits to rise by 2 percent in 2018” (sacbee.com, Oct. 13): Just as I was about to get hopeful for even a mere 2 percent rise in my Social Security to meet escalating cost of living expenses, I discovered on Medicare’s website that Medicare Part B will coincidentally increase by the same amount next year. I think we should all vote to have our legislators give us their pay and free medical benefits and let them try to live on our Social Security “benefits.” My only satisfaction is that the greedy, ignorant and insulting legislator parasites feeding off us hosts will eventually destroy their own economics as this house of cards continues to collapse.
Leslee McDermott, Citrus Heights
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Re “Democrats need to move left” (Viewpoints, Oct. 15): Leonard Pitts Jr. needs to rethink his position. In typical liberal fashion, he is blaming Trump’s win on racism and sexism. It wasn’t just white men that voted for Trump. Trump turned blue states red. That didn’t turn because all of a sudden, voters became racist and sexist. It was because of President Barack Obama’s left-wing policies. People are losing their jobs, and their doctors. They have to pay for free health care. Free health care is unaffordable for those of us who have to pay for it. Obama’s left wing policies turned a bunch of union workers into Trump supporters. They voted for Trump for the same reason I did. We can’t afford our government any more.
Joe Phelps, Citrus Heights
Re “Religious right bows down to Trump” (Viewpoints, Oct. 16): Politics make for strange bedfellows. The divide between liberal and conservative, faith and agnostic, leads many voters to reduce complex choices to binary decisions. A desire to ban abortion led too many people with otherwise inclusionary values to have their morals co-opted by a misogynistic demagogue. Michael Gerson said it best: “When Christians ally their faith with bias and exclusion, they are influencing how the public views Christianity itself.”
Tim Worley, Sacramento
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