Trump offers solutions

In his speech before Congress, President Trump outlined the major existential fears of Americans:


The anemic economic recovery.
The threat of radical Islamic terrorism, i.e., the defense of the country against sworn enemies.
Illegal immigration.
The destructive economic effects and other damage caused by Obamacare.
The deplorable state of education.
The need to stop pandering to and aiding our committed enemies.
The great importance to reinforce our relationships with our allies.

After eight years of deliberate neglect, these problems are solvable. President Trump offered proven and successful solutions and invited all Americans to participate in reinvigorating our country.

Many of us question why so many of our fellow Americans, among them Mr. Steely and his depressing posse of permanently petulant progressives, are so disgruntled they want to continue the failures of the prior administration rather than act constructively for the nation's benefit.

President Kennedy stated wisely: A rising tide lifts all boats. Yet some folks seem to prefer we all suffer to satisfy their mawkish contentment for continued failure rather than unite for success. What impels such behavior? Why is a country's prosperity so threatening some actively work against it?

Dennis V. Sinclair

Medford

ACA foes unreasonable

The polarized prejudice of some of my fellow Republicans toward the Affordable Care Act seems unreasonable. Since it is associated with former President Obama, there is a knee-jerk reaction to it.

My wife may not have been alive today without the provisions of major assistance provided toward her large medical expenses by what is termed Obamacare.

Thankfully today, many of our Republican leaders are seeing that President Trump seems temperamentally unqualified to weigh the issues of health coverage with an objective insight.

Clark McCall

Medford

Don't blame Trump

Anti-Semitism is not dead; its cause persists. Recently several dozen synagogues reported receiving anti-Semitic threats, and many have blamed Trump and Steve Bannon, the Breitbart honcho. But that is too easy; the cause goes much deeper. Indeed, it has its roots in the New Testament, and especially in the writings of Saul of Tarsus, also known as St. Paul, the founder of Christianity.

Saul was born both a Jew and a Roman citizen, a difficult position to be in, as the Jews were increasingly resistant to Roman rule. The Romans had the power, so Saul cast his lot with them and renounced the Jews.

The first books of the New Testament to be written were Paul’s letters, or Epistles, and early in the first of these, to the Thessalonians, he writes:

" ... the Judeans, who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men." (2, 14-15)

This sets the tone of his other writings, and indeed, of all the writings of the New Testament and early Christianity.

Are the Jews evil, as Paul says, or are they the chosen people, or neither?

Louis Philippe Goldman

Ashland

Thanks for gesture

Can you imagine my sister-in-law's gratitude when a fellow behind her in the checkout line at Thunderbird Market handed her the cash she had inadvertently dropped from her wallet? It was a proud moment for me; the clerk remarked that it was an awesome gesture.

Losing money is always painful, especially while being on a vacation. The kindness will always be remembered. Thank you to that special person.

Donna Golphenee

Medford