When the Republicans promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, they said it would be just as good if not better than the “failing” law, and cheaper. But when Republicans said they wanted cheaper insurance, they never meant the same coverage.

They want to get rid of Obamacare’s requirements that insurance actually cover basic things, so that bad, cheaper policies could again be sold. That’s like selling you a Yugo while pretending it’s a Cadillac. So of course it’s cheaper, but it also is nearly worthless. For the poorest, oldest and sickest people, out-of-pocket expenses would skyrocket.

All of this is to meet their one goal: giving huge tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. If the Republicans cared about quality, lower-cost health care, they would fix Obamacare or allow us to consider moving to single-payer, which every advanced nation uses in some form. Unfortunately for most of us, that’s not what their donors are paying them to do.

John Denker

Twinsburg

Why not ask ?questions first?

As ISIS has declared war on children, I have a question about those who might have terrorist ties. What’s the problem if U.S. agents ask questions before they enter our country?

Russell Milicia

Streetsboro

Memorial Day is ?about honor

There was a time when I had to remove my military experience from my resume. I couldn’t get interviews until I took it off. I proudly confess to being a Vietnam veteran.

Now it seems to be fashionable to like those men and women who literally put their lives on the line for this country. America’s veterans have always felt that fashion trend, usually privately.

It takes a commitment to wear a military uniform. My hat is off to all who met that commitment and gave what was required to meet our country’s needs.

Retired Marine Cpl. John Dunlap

Clinton

Expect more ?of the president

It’s time that members of Congress, and especially Republican Party members, tell President Trump that his false claims must stop. He made them all through his campaign and began again on Day One of his presidency.

It’s clear that Trump is trying to deflect attention from his mounting troubles regarding his ties to Russia. Democracy is more important than his political struggles or his ego. These kinds of lies degrade our political discourse and undermine the trust upon which our democracy depends.

Responsible citizens need to urge our representatives to speak out against the president’s lies and false accusations. He needs to hear a chorus of voices telling him that the American people deserve and expect better of their president.

Susan Gallagher

Akron

Trump delivers ?on his promise

On May 18, the Beacon Journal ran on the front page the story headlined, “Former FBI director to head probe on alleged Russia ties.” Meanwhile, the news on immigration arrests (“Immigration arrests up 40%”) was buried at the bottom of A4 in much smaller headline type.

Donald Trump’s promise to voters was contrary to the Obama-Clinton attitude, and an important one to me and many others. The improved morale among the border agents who are now “allowed to do their jobs” is an incentive to continue the success of this program.

William Donnet

Stow