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Saturday
Oct202018

Letter To Editor - Joined At The Hip

Joined at the Hip

Here are some of President Trump’s most shameful moments.

President Trump supported and defended Roy Moore, a credibly accused child molester for the U.S. Senate.  He defended his White House aide, Rob Porter, who was credibly accused of wife-beating. President Trump defended American Nazis in Charlottesville.  President Trump defended Vladimir Putin who was accused by the British government of poisoning people on English soil with a nerve agent.  President Trump denigrated Christine Ford and championed Brett Kavanaugh who was credibly charged with sexual assault.

Now President Trump is trying his very best to support the Saudi regime which has been creditably accused of the torture, murder and bone-saw dismemberment of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Can it be these are our new friends? They seem to be President Trump’s friends.

Congressman Lee Zeldin has supported President Trump in word and deed at almost every opportunity. Trump and Zeldin are effectively, “joined at the hip”.  A vote for Zeldin excuses this behavior and will get us more of the same.

Anne Howard

Wednesday
Oct172018

Letter To Editor - When You Vote Think Healthcare

Letter to the Editor

I watched the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court with horror, for many reasons. But my greatest fear is what this will mean regarding the availability and affordability of health care, especially for women and children. A Supreme Court that will not put a check on Congress’s mission to gut the Affordable Health Care Act and to outlaw abortions is a scenario that should scare all of us, regardless of your political affiliation.

This issue cuts close to my heart, as I’m sure it does for many other Suffolk County women. I am a mother, a daughter, an aunt, a niece and a grandmother. I am grateful that my daughter and daughter-in-law have had access to pre-natal care, and that my grandchildren will be covered by their parents’ health insurance plans so that they may grow up as healthy as possible. I was also blessed to be able to choose when and if to bring my children into the world, and to care for them well when I did.

But this is not the reality for many Americans, including many Suffolk County residents. If the Republicans get their way, many of the pro-family health provisions under the Affordable Care Act would be eliminated. This would mean that insurance companies could deny coverage for pregnancy, maternity and newborn care. They would be able to deny such preventive services as mammograms and screenings for cervical cancer and could even charge women more than men for coverage. Additionally, if the Republicans are successful in eliminating coverage for pre-existing conditions, this would permit insurers to deny coverage for C-sections and all cancers.

And this does not even begin to cover the scope of other pre-existing conditions that insurers could exclude from coverage – including, but not limited to, mental health, substance abuse, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, cerebral palsy, heart disease, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, COPD, emphysema, epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson’s, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis and lupus.

In the latest poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 75% of all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, want to retain the protection of the ACA barring insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. In Nassau-Suffolk Counties, 23% of our non-elderly residents have a pre-existing condition. When you add in our local seniors, the percentage rises to almost 50%.

The Supreme Court used to be the last refuge for the protection of individual rights, and a restriction on the tyranny of the majority over the minority. Now that we cannot rely on the Supreme Court to leave partisan politics out of their decision-making, we must have a Congress that will represent the best interests of everyday Americans, not just those of corporations and the 1%.

Having a Congressman who will fight to preserve these protections for women and families is more critical than ever. Lee Zeldin will not be that champion. Perry Gershon will put the interests of Suffolk County residents first. I urge everyone to vote for Perry Gershon on November 6th.

Andrea Klausner, Esq.

Retired civil rights attorney

Saturday
Oct132018

Letter To Editor - Mr. Zeldin Is Wrong About Health Care

October 12, 2018

Editor:

There are many reasons why I’m voting for Perry Gershon for Congress on November 6th, but one of the most important is health care.  Perry’s opponent, Congressman Lee Zeldin, seems to have a distorted view of what health care should do.  

Mr. Zeldin has done some good things for veterans’ health care, and as a Vietnam veteran, I appreciate that, but the Congressman apparently thinks it ends there.  He voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would mean higher premiums, an age tax, and no more coverage for pre-existing conditions.

What’s going on here?  Lee Zeldin promotes health care for veterans, but would take it away from other Americans — working people, children, burn victims, nursing mothers.  What can he be thinking?

Sure, veterans have made contributions above and beyond, I know that, I was there.  But protection for vets when others are shut out?  That isn’t what veterans served and fought for.  It sure isn’t what I fought for.

Maybe Lee Zeldin thinks this is how to get the veterans’ vote.  He’s wrong about that.  Or maybe he just thinks he can pick and choose who gets care and who doesn’t, who lives and who dies.  He’s wrong about that, too.

Perry Gershon wants health care for all, and he knows how to make it happen.  That’s huge.  As I said, I’m voting for Perry Gershon for Congress on November 6th.

George Lynch
Quiogue 

Monday
Sep242018

Letter To Editor - Republicans In CD 1 Should Consider Withholding Vote


Letter to Editor:


Bob Woodward’s “FEAR” describes an administration desperately concerned about the commander-in-chief, his impetuous instincts that threaten global alliances and his brinksmanship that could trigger an outbreak of war in the Middle East and Korea.

Woodward documents that senior White House officials distrust Trump because of his pathological lying.  Among those describing Trump as lying are Sen. Lindsey Graham,  Sen. Dick Durban, Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn, and Trump’s personal lawyer, John Todd. Gary Cohn called Trump “a professional liar,” and Todd used an expletive to describe his lying.

H.R. McMaster, for a year the National Security Advisor when he replaced Flynn, is not quoted calling Trump a liar, but he must have strained to hold his tongue.  McMaster authored “Dereliction of Duty,” which exposed the string of lies that sustained the Vietnam War.  Thomas Jefferson was quoted by McMaster at the start a chapter: “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.”

Many Republican voices have called upon the electorate to restrain Trump by flipping the Congress.  Among them are Bill Kristol, George Will, Steve Schmidt, Bret Stephens, and the list grows.  They are dismayed by Trump’s un-American behavior in separating children from parents at the border, by his disparaging Sen. John McCain’s heroism, by his disgraceful genuflecting to Putin at Helsinki, by his covering for neo-Nazi’s in Charlottesville.

Before the publication of the Woodward book, Bill Kristol said, “(John) McCain points to some of what is best in America, Trump to much of what is worst. It’s up to us to decide which man to emulate, whose path to follow.”  Bret Stephens put it this way: “I’m sorry that so many congressional Republicans have lost their sense of moral principle and institutional self-respect, but that’s a reason to seek Democratic victories in the fall. The Constitution matters more than a tax cut.“  Steve Schmidt said about this mid-term election: “This year’s election for Congress is the most important political choice you will ever have to make.”  Conservative columnist, George Will, penned a column: “Vote against the GOP this November,” and urged that the number of Republicans in Congress “must be substantially reduced.”

Republicans in our congressional district should consider joining this mission to protect the country by withholding their vote from Rep. Zeldin and putting a check on Trump’s unrestrained actions.  We should turn away from Rep. Lee Zeldin, a knee-jerk Trump loyalist and Bannon supporter who recently declined to attend an East End discussion on ethics and morality with nine local religious leaders.  

Steve Abramson, Southampton

 

Monday
Sep172018

Letter To Editor - Much For Republicans In CD 1 To Consider Before Voting


Letter to Editor: 


Republicans in CD1 have much to consider with their vote in the November mid-term elections. 

George Will told USA Today he is encouraging Republicans to work to assure that Trump does not win the 2020 nomination; he is leaving the Republican Party, at least for now.  This week, Republican commentator Bill Kristol, who has called Trump “disgraceful,” announced he is building a “war machine…to prepare for a primary run against Trump,” and has been talking with potential candidates. 

Meanwhile, Steve Schmidt, George Will and other Republican pundits have urged Republicans to help flip the House to the Democrats in the mid-terms to put a check on this irrational presidency.

If you’re a Republican concerned that flipping the House will bring about impeachment, that’s not the issue.  Even if warranted by the Mueller findings yet to be revealed..even if impeachment proceedings were to start in the House..it would take the unlikely defection of 16 Republican Senators to impeach.

In his 2006 autobiography,  James A. Baker III, then running President George H.W. Bush’s reelection campaign, commented:  “The complaint that character should be off-limits in a campaign for the American presidency is both absurd and not historical.  What could be more important?”  Baker saw an important distinction in his candidate, a “war hero, family man, successful businessman, veteran public servant (who) had a hard-won reputation as an honorable man, even among most Democrats.”

Yes, character matters.  Donald Trump is not officially on the ballot this mid-term, but he will be listed in the proxy name of Rep. Lee Zeldin, his staunch acolyte. 

This mid-term election is the opportunity for everyday Republicans to make an important statement about this dysfunctional, immoral presidency.  Rep. Lee Zeldin unequivocally supports Trump, and Zeldin is supported by both Trump and Bannon.   Zeldin’s blind loyalty to Trump should not be rewarded.  Zeldin’s support for Trump feeds a dangerous presidency, characterized by destructive behavior and habitual lying.  Every week brings new evidence of Trump’s character flaws and inability to manage the executive branch.

Republicans in CD1 can make a difference.  It’s up to you to make it happen.

Steve Abramson, Southampton