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Letters to the Editor: August 2019
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 22:37

Gratitude expressed to those who helped a lost traveler

I was recently on a trip to your lovely city (Asheville) and got lost — imagine that.

My son, who lives in Raleigh, N.C., told me to stop at one of the McD’s to get Wifi, so he could send me a map to leave town.

The manager was absolutely wonderful, along with one of the young crew guys. There was also a couple of young brothers who were customers and saw I was struggling to retain info.

They offered to show me how to get back on the hightway. These two young men went out of their way to make sure I got back on my way. 

I was so glad to be back on my way that I didn’t get any names, numbers or addresses, so I would love for you (the Daily Planet) to send a general BIG thank you to the people. 

They know who they are. They know they helped an old lady to not be lost forever.

Thank you, North Carolina!
La Crosse, Wisc.


Reader raises questions over abortion priorities 

I know what makes abortion rights so much more important than health care, capitalism, racism or democracy, but what makes the women of Alabama more important than those of Afghanistan, Golan, Kashmir, Rojava, Iran, Bahrain, Nicaragua, The Falklands, Belfast, Western Guyana or Korea?
          ALAN DITMORE


Candidate urges passing bill to help poor children

I would like to see the U.S. Congress pass a new program which would replace the former “Aid To Families With Dependent Children” program, which was passed under FDR in 1935 and abolished in 1996.  

Ever since its abolition, there has been a large increase in the number of people (especially children) living in “extreme poverty” (meaning living on less than two dollars per day) and “deep poverty” (meaning at a level half of the official poverty line).

It could be paid for by adopting a “National Wealth Tax” of 14.25 percent on all individuals with a net-worth of $10 million and higher, which is exactly what Donald Trump proposed in 1999 before he became what I have always considered to be a “FAKE-conservative.”

In return for receiving this assistance, all recipients would be responsible for doing some type of volunteer-work and/or job-training.
Rochester, N.Y.
EDITOR’S NOTER: Epstein, a Democrat, is running against  incumbent Congressman Chris Collins, R-N.Y., for the seat that represents western New York. Collins was the first sitting U.S. representative to endorse Donald Trump for president of the United States, and he served on Trump’s presidential transition team.


Big band-era song lyrics offer apt advice to Trump

President Trump is addressing domestic and foreign issues, but his “in-your-face’”approach has brought negative criticism from voters and even members of his cabinet.  

Immigration, the Middle East, tariffs, cozying up to dictators and his potty-mouth comments aimed at potential Democrat candidates add to the confusion. 

It all reminds me of a big band era tune by Trummy Young and Sy Oliver, recorded by Jimmie Lunceford, Harry James and Ella Fitzgerald.

It offers constructive criticism of he president’s way of handling these crucial issues.

Mr. President, “It Ain’t What You Do, It’s the Way That You Do It!!”

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