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Letters to the Editor: July 12, 2017

Stett Holbrook is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life


Heal the Wound

Thank you, Stett, for your Open Mic ("What Would Trump Do?" July 5). You've expressed my own dilemma so beautifully: how to stay informed politically, while also taking care not to ruin my sense of well-being in the process! I love your advising to help myself feel better by caring for others in (greater) need—the opposite of Trumpism.

Thank you for caring, for educating yourself, being a responsible citizen, for expressing your insecurities, incredulity, dismay, frustration, anger—and your humanity. Outreach to others is a balm that our town, state and country need.

May I add that mustering compassion and good will for those we so easily disdain (I point to myself)—for Trump, his cabinet, dedicated followers—is not only a worthy spiritual practice, but a wellspring of help and healing for our own selves, and for the community of souls we are all connected to.

Last, just as an "ugly" oozing sore can be regarded as part of an organism's intelligence for healing, or the flushing out of toxic elements, might our political woes be symptomatic of a national "healing crisis" of our body politic? Maybe all this horrible, disgusting, creepy, flabbergasting garbage excuse for a governing regime is also a sign that Things Are Changing for the Better, according to greater laws.

Trust, keep finding ways to be a healthy "cell" and be part of the healing.

Santa Rosa

Health (Don't) Care

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the vote on the awful GOP health care bill would be postponed until after Independence Day. That is because the GOP doesn't have enough "yes" vote commitments from members of the party to bring this horrible bill to the Senate floor.

As far as I can tell, this Senate plan is not a healthcare bill; it's a massive transfer of wealth from working people to Wall Street. Twenty-two million Americans would lose their insurance under the Senate bill. The Senate bill taxes working people's health benefits while cutting taxes for millionaires, billionaires, tycoons and insurance companies, and that's just wrong! The Senate bill also effectively destroys Medicaid, stripping healthcare from children, disabled people, senior citizens and low-income Americans.

Health insurance is more than a policy; it's peace of mind. It's knowing your family will be cared for and not having to worry about going broke when you get sick. That's why I strongly oppose the Senate healthcare bill. The more I learn about it, the less I like. Robbing healthcare from millions of Americans to give yet another tax cut to the rich and powerful is just plain cruel. Our healthcare system needs to be improved—we all agree on that. But this bill would do exactly the opposite, for no other reason than greed. I urge Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein to vote no on the Senate healthcare bill.


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