Quid pro quo
Before the election, the CIA released information to Congress showing that Russia acted covertly to get Donald Trump elected. Led by Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader of the Senate, the right of the American people to have available that information was suppressed. To reward McConnell for helping hand him the election, Trump appointed McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation.
The big question is why the Russian coup, and what kind of quid pro quo will Trump offer Russia for handing him the election? In 2014, the U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine. Those sanctions have contributed to the collapse of the Russian ruble and to Russia’s current financial crisis. Exxon Mobil’s CEO, Rex Tillerson, was Trump’s recent pick for Secretary of State. Exxon Mobil currently is involved with a $500 billion joint venture with Russia’s state-dominated oil giant Rosneft. Russia owns tremendous amounts of oil and gas reserves but no company outside of the U.S. and Europe has the specialized techniques for extracting that oil and gas. The sanctions imposed by Obama were hurting that agreement. My guess is that one of Trump’s top priorities is lifting those economic sanctions. So much for climate change.
Exxon Mobil has a history of opposing U.S. policies, often making deals with dictators. I don’t believe that Rex Tillerson, as Secretary of State, will change his positions and act in the best interest of the U.S., especially when it comes in conflict with Exxon’s positions.
It has become quite apparent to me that there will be no quid pro quo to the people who elected Trump, the working class. Trump’s agenda is much more sinister than that.
John Scarmana, Meriden
As a senior, I am concerned that the new administration in Washington will propose changes to health care that would impact the quality of care I receive under Medicare Advantage. Seniors cannot afford any changes to Medicare that will increase costs of coverage or reduce benefits that are vital to our quality of life. Seniors like myself rely on Medicare Advantage for access to high-quality care, as well as access to benefits we do not receive under traditional Medicare like vision, hearing, dental, and wellness benefits.
Medicare Advantage focuses on value-based care which has led to my satisfaction with the care I receive, and I do not want the new administration to diminish the importance of value-based, patient-centered care. Medicare Advantage also allows care coordination among providers, which helps millions of seniors manage their chronic conditions.
Each year, decisions are made in Washington that impact Medicare. As someone who relies on Medicare Advantage and all the critical benefits it provides, I want to know that our policymakers are committed to strengthening access to quality, affordable care for seniors like me. Medicare Advantage works and should be strengthened.
Jim McDougal, Feeding Hills, Mass.
It is time to accept the fact that Trump is our President. In reviewing the matter we must realize that he won the electoral votes by a great majority. He won the states by a great majority. Also, in those states where he lost, in many of those states he won the majority of the state but not the heavily populated areas (I base this on the news coverage at the time). If you do away with the Electoral College not a single politician will travel to the New England states. California, Texas, and New York will rule this country. It is time to grow up. Think independently. Do not allow yourself to be swayed by television. Here are a few basic truths we should all follow: One: Government does not make money to create jobs. They take it. Two: Most federal politicians are millionaires. Three: If a politician lies about their past and claims they misspoke — they should not be trusted or elected. In conclusion, I laugh when I hear or read professional politicians say that Trump is politically incompetent. Look at how well our supposedly “competent politicians” have managed our state and country. Trump worked to become a billionaire. Besides misspeaking, what have our politicians done to deserve their paycheck?
Juan Matos, Wallingford
In the spirit of the holiday, I would like to share my gratitude to more than 15,000 adult members who volunteered their time, resources, and giving hearts and touched the lives of over 32,000 Girl Scouts across Connecticut. Because of their tireless dedication and commitment, we continued to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world and their communities better places.
It is evident now more than ever that there are still so many challenges ahead when it comes to girls and women making progress on a local, national, and global level. Girls want to lead, but often don’t feel they have the opportunity or support. We can change this by agreeing to stand with and provide helpful guidance and mentoring to our girls as they discover and tap into their talents and strengths.
At Girl Scouts, we are all about practicing everyday leadership, preparing girls to empower themselves. Girl Scouts doesn’t empower girls; we prepare girls with the skills and experiences they need to empower themselves for life — and we couldn’t do it without you.
We also can’t forget the legacy of our Girl Scout Alumnae. Over the course of the last century, millions of our alumnae have positively affected their communities and the world with their creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action projects. This year, we celebrated 100 Years of Changing the World — the Gold Award Centennial, where we honored 86 girls (a record number!) in Connecticut who earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. With the help of our dedicated mentors and volunteers, our girls are able to do incredible things.
Join us in 2017! To join or learn more about volunteering, visit gsofct.org/join. Happy Holidays!
Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut
The new Maloney High School is indeed a great community asset. The renovated Platt High School, expected to finished next year, will be a sparkling city gem.
The city of Meriden has much to be thankful for in the area, including newly elected state senator Len Suzio. Len has been a longtime champion for children and education in Meriden. He will be the hardest working state senator at the state Capitol when he returns to the Connecticut General Assembly in January.
Len Suzio will have the taxpayers’ backs — and that’s yet another reason to be proud of what’s happening in the Silver City.
Christopher Diorio, Wallingford
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