Letters Children will suffer from political games, loss of CHIP

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Nov 30, 2017

Children will suffer

from political games

Children remain pawns in a game of brinksmanship.

The Senate will vote on a bill that eliminates the estate tax and cuts taxes for corporations (not small business). What is not in the Senate bill is funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

As of Sept. 1, about 220,000 children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough for private insurance, were enrolled in our CHIP program, Florida KidCare. Federal funding for the program expired Sept. 30, but Congress has yet to take action to reauthorize the funding.

CHIP has always been a program supported by both parties. However, this time the well-being of Florida’s children has become a bargaining chip in a game of political brinksmanship.

This tax bill will blow a huge hole in the national debt. After tax cuts, cutting programs for our children, our elderly and the sick will be their only solution.

Congress needs to reassess its priorities and fund CHIP now.


Editor’s note: Louisa McQueeney is communications director for Florida Voices for Health.

Tweets and lies: Bad

tidings in Washington

After watching TV news for an hour this morning, I had to turn it off, as I could not believe what was just tweeted by the president. There is something radically wrong in Washington, D.C.

I love the sound of birds tweeting but hate the tweets from the highest office in the land. What an insult to have this abuser of power watching and listening to the news and not paying attention to his job. We are unfortunate to have a president who suffers from the “I, Me” complex representing 300 million-plus Americans.

Then there are his lies. I recall a speech about how he would not take a salary, but then the truth jumped up and we were told he was taking and then donating the money to a charity. Isn’t that a tax deduction? Where is he not taking the money?

I could go on, but my blood pressure is rising and I’m having a hard time refraining from bad language.


Dangerous rush to

judgment against Moore

Regarding a letter to the editor, “Moore’s wife needs to consider victims” (Nov. 21).

1. The author is rushing to judgment. Whatever happened to “presumed innocent until proven guilty?”

2. Psychology studies have cast doubt on the accuracy of eyewitness testimony occurring over 10 years ago.

3. Teenagers’ stories are highly suspect to influence and other motivations.

4. There are accusations in every profession in numbers that defy belief. People are getting swept up and remembering long past events creating a sexual harassment epidemic.

5. Why is it that oftentimes these allegations arise against public personalities and politicians? Are there other motivations behind these claims such as financial gain or revenge or, in this case, political defeat?

The Bill Cosby case opened Pandora’s Box. How can anybody remain impartial?

6. The author states, “I know what I would do to him,” speaking as if Moore has already been convicted.

7. Moore might lose the election or even be forced to resign by his own party due to these allegations. Let’s not ruin people’s lives until they are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt on which, at this point, are unproven allegations.