Letters to the Editor for March 20, 2017

Trump has galvanized the opposition; there’s room for all

A cruel and cynical hoax is being visited upon our great nation, but the American people are starting to respond. Here’s what’s happening:

Instead of supposedly saving us, Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are working to trash the safeguards that protect us. Poverty, hopelessness, despair, and extreme climate events will continue to afflict us, if we follow them blindly over the cliff.

In the tattered guise of helping those trusting souls who voted for him, this false savior is actually further enriching the millionaires and billionaires who, like himself, can never get enough.

Trump promises to keep good-paying jobs from leaving and to bring some back to our shores. He seems ignorant that 85 percent of our job loss over the past 40 years has actually been due to computer data processing and automation, which will continue to take many more jobs in the future.

Instead of using our common wealth for the common good, over 20 percent of our national income (about $3.2 TRILLION per year) is now going to the top one percent, who are profiting immensely from the increased productivity and stagnant wages.

Instead of tapping that vast potential funding source, the Trumpublicans are planning to heap even more money on the already rich. Whether it’s $275 billion in tax cuts from repeal of the Affordable Care Act, cutting 14 million people from Medicaid (Rep. Walden’s “Better Way”), huge trickle-down income tax cuts, unneeded tax breaks for infrastructure investment in things like toll roads, or bestowing freedom to pollute, the wealthy are laughing on their way to the bank.

The good news is that this travesty has galvanized millions of us from all over the country, citizens who would normally not get involved. From the Women’s March to the crowds at the congressional town halls, we are preparing to stand up and fight.

This populist wave is just starting. Newly elected Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez declares, “The unfinished business of America is income inequality. We have to make sure there is shared prosperity.”

It’s only just begun. Everyone is invited to participate.

Marshall McComb

Baker City

Deregulation equals removing protections for our land

I am full of opinions. Oftentimes I have to keep them bottled up because of the environment I have chosen to live in and for the sake of getting along with my fellow man. Some people can say what they feel without offending anyone, a trait I have yet to completely control, a gift that has escaped me thus far. Often I will read another person’s opinion that mirrors my own. This is golden because now I can quote them. Aha! less confrontation, I didn’t say it, he did.

“Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all of the important land, they own and control the corporations that have long since been bought and paid for, the senate, the congress. They have the judges in their back pocket. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They are not interested in that. That doesn’t help them.” – George Carlin.

Since I have some words left I will un-bottle one of my own thoughts, hoping not to offend anyone. The immediate attempt by our present administration to roll back extremely hard fought safeguards on our environment is a travesty of major proportions. People of any political belief will be affected. Our children and grandchildren will reap the worst repercussions. Please try to remember that what is deemed “a regulation” in many cases, is a protection or safeguard. I doubt if there is anyone in our society that does not want clean air and water.

This rampant deregulation (= protection) will truly hit home when our local campers, fishermen, hunters, hikers… are staring dumbfounded at a “No Trespassing” sign planted firmly on “your” former public lands.

Peace to all.

Mike Meyer

Baker City

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