Letters to the Editor
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump declared his intention to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency. To lead the EPA, Trump chose the former attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, who is the opposite of what we should expect of the person responsible for protecting human, water and environmental health.
The coldest night I can remember sleeping outside was probably with the Scouts in fifth or sixth grade when the temperature dipped into the upper 50s.
So it is difficult for me to fathom how the homeless of our community are able to sleep, unsheltered, when the temperature drops into the 40s, 30s and below.
I was so happy to see that Donald Trump is putting forth a health care plan that pledges insurance for everyone.
It is high time that we caught up with the rest of the world in covering that most basic need for all of our citizens.
I urge everyone to contact Trump and applaud his support of universal health care.
There is a very nasty change that will be made to Social Security, unless we vigorously object.
In December, U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, introduced a bill to make Social Security solvent for the next 75 years, not by raising the upper limit on the employment tax, currently set at $118,500, but by seriously reducing the benefits paid to those who earn between $49,121 and $118,500.
The nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary and the actions of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner have me deeply concerned about public education's future.
DeVos has a long history of supporting education privatization efforts. DeVos helped to create Michigan's charter school sector, which has one of the nation's largest percentage of for-profit charter schools.
Miracles do happen. I'm one of them. This fabulous gay minister came into the world at Burnham City Hospital — fashionably early — in 1976. I went from the birthing room to Mercy Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, where I spent a fair amount of time.
I was saddened to read about U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
This is personal. For years, I tried to buy health insurance on the open market, but was unable due to high cost.
In 2003, my ex-husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. He was devastated not only physically and financially by this diagnosis, but emotionally as well, when his employer attempted to discharge him from his duties due to their escalating premiums "caused" by his disease.