I am a 91-year-old retired architect and teacher. I spent almost three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. About half of my wife’s family was wiped out in the Holocaust, and I remember Hitler being elected by a democratic vote.
I have seen enough in my life to smell and recognize a radical takeover of our country, and I smell one now with the tea party and its ilk, who are determined to take over the country for their own purposes, to get rid of all social programs, rid others of their voting rights, threaten our freedoms of religion, thought and actions and make themselves and the rich richer, the poor poorer and the middle class smaller.
It is important to separate the tea party’s intent (take over the country) from the means of doing so (impeach President Obama because he is black, or a Muslim, or not born in this country). Hate is built into their means and their propaganda, so we must resist on the principles of a free democracy.
So, write your own letters, act on your good thoughts and believe in human rights so we can continue to have a sane, humane, democratic government and society.
Philmore J. Hart
Go online, get covered
I am thrilled to report that I was able to get affordable, comprehensive insurance through the HealthCare.gov website.
My husband and I are self-employed. We haven’t been able to buy health insurance for my husband for over a decade due to his pre-existing conditions. As of Jan. 1, we will have a plan that covers both of us, has a manageable deductible ($2,000) and is affordable.
Right now, I pay almost $400 a month for my individual, high- deductible ($6,000) plan. We also pay $178 a month for my husband’s medications.
Through the HealthCare.gov site we were able to find great insurance for $184 a month, and our medications will be covered in full. It is amazing.
I am now helping out with the Get Covered America Campaign to help get the word out and help dispel the myths surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
I was offered 19 insurance plans to choose from, and some of them were free when my tax subsidy was applied.
If you are uninsured, it is well worth your time and effort to sign up by Dec. 15 so your coverage can begin on New Year’s Day.
Israeli flexibility won’t help
In Jeffrey Goldberg’s Nov. 10 commentary (“Deter Iran by going through the West Bank”), he relies on a false premise.
The notion that Israel could bolster international opposition to a nuclear Iran simply by making West Bank concessions is ludicrous.
No other nation but the United States is significantly influenced by Israel’s security needs, and no amount of Israeli flexibility will change that.
Fortunately, other nations have their own good reasons for opposing Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Richard V. Levin