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Letters Now is the time to be civic-minded


Now is the time

to be civic-minded

Since the election, uncertainty has filled our daily lives. For many, even feelings of fear have crept into the mix. So many questions about the future of our government and nation flood our hearts and minds.

If there was ever a time for us to be civic-minded and vigilant, that time is now.

We want the best from our leaders, as long as they represent the views of everyone, including minorities, the poor and the aged.

After a bitter presidential campaign, we have to hope the new administration will project attitudes of compassion, understanding and a promise to govern in good faith for all.

DARRYL HARRIS, LAKE WORTH

Revisionist communism

ignores brutal atrocities

In the letter to the editor, “Ike could have halted Cuban communism,” (Tuesday), the writer argued that “the threat of communism has done more mischief than has communism.”

This is the sort of naive and revisionist approach that permits the left to praise such communist dictators as Fidel Castro, Mao Zedong and Josef Stalin.

Those who suffered under Castro, Mao and Stalin might beg to differ. Stalin is credited with murdering 20 million people (as many as 60 million, according to Alexander Solzhenitsyn).

During the four years of Mao’s Great Leap Forward, an estimated 45 million people were worked, starved or beaten to death.

Why the American left is in denial regarding the atrocities committed by these communist dictators and murderers is a mystery.

TIMOTHY W. COX, PALM BEACH GARDENS

Two-party system

requires consensus

After this election, both parties faced problems between their zealous base and more cautious establishment. For the Republican Party, Donald Trump’s people have revolted against the leadership, which remains skeptical of the insurgents. Democrats had trouble with supporters of Bernie Sanders, who distrusted Hillary Clinton and her backers.

Could the splits widen? For Republicans, that probably will depend on how much Trump sticks to his most radical positions. For Democrats, it may depend on whether their party adopts an uncompromising liberal stance against Trump.

However, both parties and our country would face a political crisis if their ranks permanently split. A two-party system is viable only if each party embraces a broad constituency. Without that broadness, we could breed many parties, each too small to create a stable governing consensus.

Preventing that split, while still maintaining a strong, moderate and capable center, is the great challenge before political leaders on both sides of the aisle.

ROGER BUCKWALTER, TEQUESTA

Paul Ryan should tinker

with his own health plan

I have a suggestion for Paul Ryan regarding Medicare and a possible change to the way it works.

Ryan, why don’t you try changing the system that taxpayers pay for your health insurance and every senator and congressman, and every retired senator and congressman? Why don’t you test it with your group of people and see how it works?

Then, maybe you can tweak it or scrap it if it doesn’t work and offer it to the older people of this country who have worked their entire lives for this “entitlement.”

BILLIE HEARRELL, NORTH PALM BEACH


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