LETTERS: Support for the Jewish community/Down with Trump/Healthcare costs

LETTERS: Support for the Jewish community/Down with Trump/Healthcare costs

Down with Trump!


“The Donald” is illegitimate! The game plan to get him out must continue. Democrats will not approve of anything he wants and they must continue to investigate him and his family. This will hopefully eclipse Watergate. The media — and thank goodness for the NYT, WSJ, Washington Post et al. — must continue the investigations. They must save this republic. Trump wants to silence the Fourth Estate.

Now the last strategy that must be done is economically hurt his supporters. Mexico and other nations have indicated that they will declare a tax and a tariff war on America. Great! I want the Trump supporters, when they shop at Walmart (I shop at Ralph Lauren , Nordstrom’s, Saks, so increased prices will not hurt me) to be hit in the pocketbook.

So we must continue to demonstrate, march and boycott.

Trump … Not My President!

Paul E. Gradwell, Meriden

Prayers, solidarity


Prayers, love, and solidarity to Jews. As an Ahmadiyya Muslim American, I wholeheartedly extend my prayers, condolences, solidarity, and support to my Jewish brothers and sisters amid rising anti-Semitism and another condemnable attack.

The despicable onslaught on the Jewish Community has this time come in the heartbreaking form of destruction and vandalism of over 100 tombstones in a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia. I’m deeply upset about this and stand ready to defend Jews everywhere, their Synagogues, properties, and right to practice their faith freely. I hope to keep working with Jews and all others in dialogue and education until we live “love for all, hatred for none” together. Let’s build bridges of understanding to eradicate ignorance, extremism, and hate in all forms.

Regards of peace and blessings.

Miyan Zahir Muhammad Mannan, Meriden

A new era


We are about to start a new era, the Donald Trump era. Some say “get over it.” As an American I can’t.

Getting over the victory of the most vile and inexperienced candidate (Donald Trump) ever to run for our highest office is easy for the losing side as they will get to see adversaries go down in flames.

The winners are the ones who will have to live with it. Sooner or later their conscience will click in.

He called Mexicans “criminals, drug dealers and rapists” and vowed to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Trump talks about lowering taxes for the rich. If he does where will he get the money to build that ridiculous wall.

Trump has vowed to repeal managed health care “ObamaCare.” This would leave many thousands of people without health care.

The insurance companies love this. They can’t cancel someone who may cost them. They hate government telling them how to run their business. America was the last country not to have health care. Trump repeatedly declared bankruptcy. Despite his “great businessman” reputation and often profited handsomely, leaving investors penniless.

Trump University allegedly cheated countless seniors out of thousands of dollars. And Trump refused to pay people he hires plumbers, painters, waiters, and bartenders.

Unfortunately, I see the next four years as a time of uncertainty. With a shoot from the hip type of leadership, it will take a tremendous amount of effort to keep Trump from harming our country.

Edward G. DeRosa, Meriden

Insurance costs


A year or so ago there was a Reader’s Opinion article bemoaning long term care cost increases. This letter continues the saga.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, we received notice from our major insurance company that our rates would go up this year by 10.2 percent, another 10.2 percent in 2018 and another 10.2 percent in 2019 for a total of 33.8 percent.

What was not mentioned in there was a 20 percent increase in 2015 and 10 percent in 2016. If you compare the companies 2019 cost to what we paid in 2014, the net affect is a whopping 76.7 percent.

To put these increases in a dollar perspective, a semi-annual premium of $1,000 in 2014 would progress as follows: $1,200 (15), $1,320 (16), $1,455 (17), $1,603 (18), and $1,767 in 2019. Drop the $1,000 in 2019 and you see the 76.7 percent increase. As sad as this is, the company also advises that increases are possible after 2019.

The $1,000 start is for illustrative purposes only as I wish that is all we were being billed.

Long term care is like living under the Sword of Damocles; it is not like insurance. Get hit by a heart attack or car today and die tomorrow and all the money paid in belongs to the company.

Like most people on fixed income, the increases were impossible to meet. Last year I adopted a paid up policy which the company makes available. I also set up a saving account into which I am depositing what I had been paying for LTC. This year my wife will be doing the same thing.

It seems to be the only way we can beat the system.

Gene McLean, Meriden


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