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What needs to be done

People are being treated like slaves by the corporate elite. People are dying from preventable diseases and can’t get health care. There is no affordable child care, dental care or higher education in this country.

Meanwhile, fires, floods and drought make people feel desperate. Even worse, there is no mental health care either. People want change!

Politicians are sucking up to big corporations to keep this horrible system in place. They offer only half measures adding insult to injury.

Everyone knows needs to be done, tax the rich and help the common man. People want bold effective legislation that helps regular people.

Tom Espinosa

Medford

Congressional power

The word “subpoena” is derived from the Latin “sub poena” or “under (threat of) punishment.” The Congress retains the power to summons testimony via subpoena, and to enforce the summons with arrest and incarceration.

They have acted very timidly since the Nixon era, failing to penalize scofflaws who refuse to show or produce demanded information — perhaps afraid of appearing “imperious.”

However, Congress must regain the spine for using force of arrest as necessary. Trump and his ilk, members of his administration — and others — have for too long been flipping off the Congressional summons to testify.

The subpoena power exists in the Constitution as a corollary of legislative inquiry; use it now! We progressives are not goody two-shoes. We never wore Lord Fauntleroy suits, Mary Janes, nor frilly dickies; it’s just how far-right Republicans have portrayed us for the years since the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as they’ve increasingly striven to corrupt our democratic system, attempting to institute religious autocracy and keep racism and white rule alive and well. They’ve largely succeeded with Trumpies. Progressives in Congress must hitch up their skivvies and show the courage to prosecute Congressional subpoenas without dependence upon the courts for sanction.

Gary R.Collins

Jacksonville