People’s Column

Younger not always better

Editor, OBSERVER:

Trolling the internet, I ran across the blog being featured by the Chautauqua County Democratic “recovery” team who were advertising for warm bodies to run in the November election.

As incentive for signing up young candidates, they took a shot at the gray haired grandpas in the opposition Republican party. The Democratic notice said, “The Chautauqua County Committee is now seeking candidates to take on 14 gray haired male Republicans and one female in the 19 member Chautauqua Legislature for the November 2017 General Election … Please apply to ….”

Being one of these old geezers, I had to laugh because most of the young politicians that I have run into have difficulty knowing where the back door is.

The Republican Party currently has the very best candidates running because of their experience and brain power. Age is actually a benefit, but not an issue.

Be assured that old timers with a touch of depression mentality know the value of things and in my estimation tend to spend tax payer dollars as if it was coming out of their own pocket.

I speak as a former village trustee and mayor with eight years political exposure and presently as active village deputy mayor.

To the Dems: it was a cheap shot.

VINCE TAMPIO,

Silver Creek trustee

There’s no cure

in Trumpcare

Editor, OBSERVER:

Tom Reed, congressman for New York’s 23rd district, has voted for Trumpcare and boasted about it online. And there’s a photograph showing jubilant Republican congressmen applauding Donald Trump for this victory.

It IS a victory for the millionaires whose taxes would decrease thanks to the plan. But it’s a tragedy for children with special needs and pre-existing conditions, and for adults with pre-existing conditions who rely on doctors and medicines. It’s a tragedy for the 24 million Americans who will lose or abandon their health insurance if premiums rise steeply. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted premiums will rise, and many will lose insurance, if Trumpcare becomes law.

What’s the logic behind the bill? That healthy young people should pay less for insurance than old or sick people do, and that states should be empowered to shape their own public health-insurance policies by getting “waivers” for obligations established in the Affordable Care Act.

So it’s a cowboy bill: “You got your land? I got mine. You get sick? Maybe I’ll take yours.” And it’s a merciless patchwork. Nothing to boast about.

We can each be healthy one day — and sick or broken the next day. Illness is democratic.

DEBORAH HOMSHER,

Ithaca

New health plan benefits wealthy

Editor, OBSERVER:

Thank you Cath Kestler for your commentary (May 13) on the American Health Care Act vs. the Affordable Care Act, and how the recent plan benefits Rep. Tom Reed. That was an eye-opener!

Going forward, we need to support the ACA and insist that our elected representatives negotiate with insurance companies to maintain the Affordable Care Act with the protections it provides to the American people.

And you’re right — Reed must not be re-elected.

A. GIBBS,

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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