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America no longer the greatest country


Any society is judged by how it treats its least fortunate beings. Well, I am not optimistic about how America is being judged today. Values now are, at best, novelties that are vestigial relics of the past.

We no longer can trust a presidential administration with a leader who is telling, at last count, over 11 or 12 lies a day. We have a leader who we cannot trust what he says and what he is going to do as he continuously changes his mind and regurgitates innumerable inconsistencies in his messages, most of which are bald-faced lies. The latest is his claim that President Obama installed the cages at the border where there are young children being, for lack of a better word, tortured with inhumane and deplorable conditions. This is as audacious a lie that has emanated from his lips. This is leadership by the seat of the pants, and as we can no longer rely on the messages from the White House, our credibility with our allies has crumbled into the dustbin of diplomacy.

Now, I know all presidents have lied at one time or another. What is most disturbing is we are allowing this and have now become so inured to this hubris that it has become normalized behavior that we now not only tolerate, but condone. If we continue to allow this gross mismanagement to continue, we will have no one to blame but ourselves for the rapid deterioration of our society.

The United States of America has been a great country before and maybe we will be the greatest country again. But, and this hurts, we are not the greatest country in the world right now. Let’s not allow Roman history to repeat itself here. Because that is the path we are on.

David Compton

Litchfield Park

Seniors are lazy


Living in a 55-plus, active-adult community, I hear a lot of health issues. Could it be that people don’t get enough exercise? The only exercise some people get is walking down their driveway to pick up the newspaper, walking back to the house, sitting for two hours reading the paper, and then watching the daily soaps on TV.

Playing golf is not an exercise when you drive a golf cart to every hole. Walk the 18 holes; it’s a real exercise. Eating bonbons and watching the cleaning person clean your little house is not a good way to exercise. With postage-size lots, why have a landscaper? Do some yard work yourself. It’s a good exercise. You will feel great and you’ll save money. Paying someone to service your pool, adding chemicals and racking out floating debris; how hard is that? Taking your card to the car wash; do it yourself. It’s a great way to get a good workout, plus the paint on your car will last a lot longer. Driving to the mailbox; not good. Walk to pick up your mail. Walking your dog while you sit in your golf cart is not a good thing; the poor dog gets overworked. How hard is it to wash a few windows in your little houses? You might have to use a stool to reach the top of the window, but think how good you will feel when you get done.

Now, the latest lazy thing is online shopping to buy your groceries, and then driving down to pick them up. But if you are real lazy, the stores will now deliver them to you. How lazy is that? Now, with the advent of autonomous cars, all these lazy people will be buying these cars so they can relax while going out to get more bonbons. And last, but not least, taking selfies for Bragbook is definitely not an exercise. Come on, people. Get up and do something.

Well, whoop dee doo.

Larry Ruvido


Two questions


I just want two questions answered. Has Bernie Sanders given up his Senate health care program for Medicare? Do all government employees know they have to give up their great health care programs?  If so, they will vote Republican.

Bob Derks


Medicare for All

a hollow promise


Medicare for All is a hollow promise. The biggest drains on the government are Medicare and Social Security. They are always looking for ways to trim it. Canada and the United Kingdom have socialized health care, and their tax rate is 47%. It has to be paid for. There are quotas and delays when dealing with a large population. My brother-in-law in England waited two years for a bone fusion in his foot. There are more Quebec cars at Maine Medical Center than Maine cars. You only have to go to Yuma in mid-winter to see the hordes of Canadians crossing the border to Mexico for health care to see what is wrong with their system. Do we really want that?

Mary B. Moneypenny

Litchfield Park