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Thank you, veterans

"A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for any amount up to and including their life." -- Anonymous

I am proud to have served in the armed forces of the United States of America. To the men and women with whom I served, it was my honor and privilege to have done so.
To the men and women who currently serve both at home and abroad, may God bless you and keep you safe, and may you all come home soon.

To the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of this great nation, we honor you and remember you. We owe you a debt that we cannot repay.

To every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine who has ever served their fellow citizens in defense of the United States of America, we honor and remember you and thank you for your service.

David Cerling, Naples

Obamacare, spending, education

Many are screaming at Republicans over canceling Obamacare. Most of these folks do not have a clue as to what is happening with Obamacare.

What Republicans should do is just repeal the individual and employer mandate and let the thing die on its own. The pre-existing condition insurance issue is a real exercise in confusion. First of all, if insurance companies are forced to sell insurance to people with pre-existing conditions at the same cost as to others, then it is not insurance, it is welfare.

What Obamacare does is make the insurance companies welfare providers and tax collectors. The welfare part is providing the policy at the same price to all as to those without pre-existing conditions. The tax collector part is raising the cost to all without pre-existing conditions to cover the cost of policyholders with pre-existing conditions. The only good news is that insurance companies can decide to opt off this nonsense and many have.

The many have to pay for the few and that is why premiums and deductibles have risen a bunch.

Our country has a spending problem and Obamacare only makes it worse. When Republicans were last in charge, they were terrible. They increased the size of government, increased spending, increased the deficit, increased the debt and started two wars. The result was former President Barack Obama.

If the Republicans do not address the size and scope of government and do something about spending, then I am sure we will have another Democrat in the White House and perhaps Democratic control of one branch of Congress.

I suggest eliminating the U.S. Department of Education. States should handle education issues.

E.R.Russell, Naples

Can’t understand voters

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget continues his deprivation on the poorest of our land. His health care proposals also target the lowest of the low. His proposed elimination of benefits targets those least able to earn a decent living.

The billions of dollars he proposes to save by reducing and eliminating those benefits and programs will go to enrich those already at the top of our economy. The result will be continued federal deficits.

Sorry to say those who supported him will be the ones who suffer most. I will never understand people who vote against their own best interests.

Eugene Santhin, Naples

Childish commentary

The political comment, including letters to the editor, that is going on in the majority of the press, including the Naples Daily News, these days is the "adult" version of the silliness that goes on about anything at recess in the yards of most American grade schools.

M. Inge Johnstone

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