Opinion on local restaurants enjoyable
I really enjoyed Kathy McNeeley’s opinion piece on local restaurants, I’m very pleased with the plug for Hemet restaurants, especially Spicy Sushi, one of my favorites.
Joan Wolfe, Hemet
‘Saving the swamp’ editorial response
The author of this article sounds like he comes from the left-wing minority of the country. Trump was elected because his message was music to the ears of the mainstream American – the people who have not forgotten what made America great. They believe that hard work is the secret to success – not handouts from the government.
Furthermore, government should not present unwarranted obstacles to our individual progress. This is the opposite of current liberal philosophy. They believe the best policy is to strive for equality for everyone. The U.S. was founded on the principle of equality of opportunity, but not equality of result. Also, since he was already wealthy, the special interest groups could not buy him like other major politicians. His promises to the people were great. However, the liberals and the bought-and-paid-for Republican establishment are making it difficult to accomplish his plans.
The author says the proposed health care plan would leave millions without health insurance. He doesn’t volunteer the facts that these millions are people who do not want insurance, and people who can’t afford it. The U.S. is already too far in debt, and can’t afford to give millions of people free health care. This would require a large increase in taxes which would destroy the future of the country. It is funny how the liberals want to increase government entitlements, which require more taxes, but they do everything possible to minimize their own tax liability. They want more tax revenue as long as it doesn’t come from them. This is hypocrisy in its finest form.
He also claims that we are losing respect in the world, but if he paid attention to the news, he would see we are regaining respect from most countries in the world. Obama was a very weak president, and world leaders lost confidence that we would protect our historical allies. “America First” only means that we give first priority to our country. It doesn’t mean we do this at the exclusion of all other countries. Trump is showing that we are not afraid to assume our position in protecting democracy around the world. We failed to do this for the past eight years, and Russia and China took over.
He also berates Trump’s behavior. The fact that he wasn’t a typical politician was the reason he got elected. Granted, he may be unconventional, but his actions are very consistent with the goals stated during the campaign. His tweeting is demanded by the fact that all of the media fail to treat him fairly and truthfully. His goals were the same as the majority of the people in the majority of the states. Yes, he lost the popular vote by about 3 million, but all of these votes came from California and New York. These states are not good examples for the direction of the United States. Each of them, and Illinois, are leading the nation toward bankruptcy.
The proof of the effectiveness of Trump’s policy changes is the outstanding performance of the stock market since he took office. Freeing up energy development with the new pipelines will create major improvements in our energy independence. Eliminating unnecessary, expensive regulations is also having a big positive effect. And getting out of the Paris climate agreement was a smart move. It was too expensive for the benefit that it may have created. There are better ways to address climate change that do not require the U.S to foot the bill for the world.
My final offering is that there are millions of Americans that love what he is doing. We just wish that Congress would provide more help in accomplishing what the good and smart people wanted him to do.
Ken Wolfe, Hemet
Call hotline about NFL players ‘taking a knee’ during the national anthem
It is not surprising that there is confusion at the NFL games about what to do when the national anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner,” is played.
Until recently, all athletes understood that you came on the field, stood in a respectful manner and placed your right hand on your heart while the national anthem played, then you went on about the process of playing whatever sport was at hand. All athletes understood there was a time and place to express anger or any other type of emotion about the issues of the day but it was NOT during the singing of the anthem. Now, players feel it is permissible to kneel, lock both arms and hide in the locker room while other truly patriotic Americans pay honor to the flag and listen to our national anthem.
Fortunately, clearer heads at some sponsor organizations have prevailed. Anheuser-Busch, a supporter of the military, veterans and their families (Anheuser-Busch employs more than 1,100 veterans), is also a big sponsor of NFL games. The company has set up a toll free phone line, 1-800-342-5283, and wants to hear from you. They would like to know whether Americans think the company should continue to sponsor games where players no longer respect the flag and the national anthem. Please call and press 1 to leave your opinion about this subject.
Bracha Sarah Meyerowitcz, Hemet
P.S. I hope you call in and give them an earful.
HMVC should have state-of-the-art maternity wing
Regarding the question of the week about economic development; I would like to see either a major hospital renovation or a new maternity wing built at Hemet Valley Medical Center. It would provide new medical jobs and a better image for the hospital.
Hemet Valley Medical Center was built in 1943 when Hemet’s population was less than 3,386 persons, according to the U.S. Census. Back in 1943, more than 80 percent of the 3,386 people living in Hemet were 65 years old or older. Meaning there were 677 persons younger than 65. The 677 persons were both men and women, so there were about 339 women younger than 65. All 339 women could have a baby and still there were not enough women to birth one baby every day.
Hemet’s population today is almost 86,472 persons with 32-year-olds being the average age. Still using the same hospital. Yes, that is 83,086 more people using the same hospital that was used in 1943. If only 4,000 women of the total population of Hemet had babies at the hospital, it would mean there are 11 babies born every day in a hospital built for less than one baby per day.
The hospital has to be making money when 86,472 people use a 74-year old hospital, which is most likely paid for.
Certainly a state-of-the-art maternity wing is justified. Perhaps add another floor. Or remodel a floor not being used. But I really like the idea of a maternity wing. I would think that all insurances cover the costs to deliver babies. So the money is there.
Sue Savage, Hemet