06-15-2017 Letters and Commentary

Dear Editor,

My name is Nicholas Tenter and I’m four. My dad is Matt Tenter and he is the greatest because he’s a super dad.

He is always nice and has surprises for me. When I’m good he buys me toys or takes me for ice cream or the playground or fishing.

I love him a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.


Coloma residents and mail carriers join together in successful food drive

Dear Editor,

In the political climate of the world today, I thought I’d share some wonderful information of some very generous people.

On Saturday, May 13 hundreds of Coloma residents living in the 49038 zip code left approximately 1,500 pounds of canned and packaged food for their mail carriers to collect. This was part of the stampouthungerfooddrive.us happening across the country. This food was collected and delivered in two mail trucks the following Monday to the North Berrien Food Pantry at the Coloma United Methodist Church.

Thank you to the donors and to the mail carriers who helped make this fantastic event happen!

Carole Sternaman

Director, North Berrien Food Pantry

Republican health care plan is a disaster

Dear Editor,

While the public’s attention has been focused on the daily controversies stimulated by the Trump administration, a small group of Republican senators has been conducting secret meetings to generate a bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare). Majority leader McConnell has said he hopes to have a vote on this bill before the July 4th recess.

The starting point for the Senate bill is the horrible health care bill passed in the House of Representatives by Fred Upton and his Republican colleagues. From all reports, the Senate bill will include most of the destructive elements of the House bill, causing many millions of people to lose their health insurance and many others to pay much higher premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.

The efforts by congressional Republicans to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act provide a clear illustration of the value differences between the two major political parties.

Democrats believe that our government should make every effort to insure that all Americans have affordable health insurance. Republicans are trying to pass a bill that would deprive more than 20 million Americans of affordable insurance.

Democrats believe that insurance companies should not be able to deny coverage, or charge much higher premiums, to people with pre-existing conditions. Republicans want to allow insurance companies to once again have the right to institute these extremely destructive practices.

Democrats believe that older people, poorer people, and people who live in rural areas, should not have to pay higher insurance premiums. Republicans want to increase insurance costs for each of these groups.