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Letters to the Editor: May 2019
Thursday, 02 May 2019 15:28

Remembering Frank Sinatra — 21 years after his passing 

Hard to believe singer/actor/entertainer Frank Sinatra left us on May 14, 1998, leaving behind a multitude of classic performances from virtually every facet of  of the entertainment industry.  

I’d like to raise a toast to Frank Sinatra, along with some of his many admirers, including Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, jazz singer Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio, talent promoter Billy Jon Coogan, music archivist Anhony DiFlorio III and WYYR director/producer Chris Valenti.

.... Along with the millions of Sinatra fans around the world.

Thank you, Frank, for doing it all ... “Your Way!!”
HERB STARK
Mooresville


Every human being naturally is both racist AND sexist

Everyone roots  for their own team. Period.

Boys are better than girls. Gays are better than straights. Blacks are better than whites. 

No one really cares about equality. People are more concerned with who will be in charge.

I believe that God is always in charge.

If humans desire anything resembling peace, then, ultimately, an everyday personal openness to The Unknown God (to most, in practice) can bring us to the place that all of us can admit our true helplessness in the face of our unchosen existence.

We truly have no idea why we are here. Our being and doing is always an infinite reality of choices. Peace takes determined awareness and action.
ERIC LAURILLA
Swannanoa



Democratic Party needs to its '60s' focus 

I believe that I speak for many Democrats when I tell you that I don’t like the overall direction that the national Democratic Party is taking.

I would like the party to be more like it was in the 1960s, when it focused primarily on the bread-and-butter and kitchen-table issues that affect about 90 percent of Americans — except for the wealthiest 10 percent.

I want the party to stand for enhancing the social safety-net programs, such as Social Security as well as advocating for other social programs, including a Canadian-style national health insurance program.

I believe that the party focuses too much on fighting against Trump and the Republicans on the “identity-politics” and “cultural-war” issues.

These issues are important to people like me, but I worry more, for example, about people who can’t afford to pay for and take their prescription medications that they need to be in decent health and often need just to stay alive.

I would also like to see the party have the courage and bravery to advocate for the passage of a “National Wealth Tax” of 15 percent on all individuals with a net-wealth of $10 million and higher to be able to pay for this new spending as well as to advocate for eliminating the $100 billion/year that is spent on “corporate welfare” and “business subsidies” to help pay for it because we need to be fiscally responsible.
STEWART B. EPSTEIN
Rochester, N.Y.
 



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