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Campaign ad laughable.

Campaign ad laughable

This is in response to a letter to the editor from Gianna Sabatino. (Candidate's ad is accurate, Feb. 13) on the topic of the Ives ad.

If only Gianna Sabatino knew the truth. Real Americans don't take offense to that putrid ad. The ad isn't worth anyone's time of day. Real Americans take offense to those who ascribe stigma to a group of American citizens based on their own irrational fear of what being transgender is.

There is no truth to this ad. it is a comedy of errors, based on lack of education. It is not offensive. It is laughable. Every time it is shown, it further drives home the point of how misguided its producers are. I hope they keep playing it, as each time, the laughter and ridicule over its feeble attempt to stigmatize will grow exponentially.

Louis S. Guagenti

Arlington Heights

Social Security, Medicare are next budget targets

How in the world can President Trump's proposed FY 2019 budget begin to address our fiscal, domestic and international problems?

Between the recent tax cuts and this budget proposal, we will be running annual deficits of $1 trillion or more as far as the eye can see.

That is on top of the $1.5 trillion that will be added to the debt over the next decade due to the cuts. Where are fiscal hawks when we need them?

Then look at the priorities. Besides defense, Homeland Security and VA, only commerce gets an increase. And what gets the biggest percentage cut (almost 30 percent) -- state and international. So, we want to prepare for war, at home or abroad, without having the adequate resources to engage in diplomacy.

From reviewing the data, we can see how Obama and others have gutted the military.

As of 2016, we had slipped to spending more on defense than only the combined total of the next eight countries -- including China and Russia. That is so we can station nearly 200,000 troops in 177 countries (with about 115,000 stationed in Germany, Japan, South Korea and Italy).

And look at the proposed cuts to education, transportation and health. To remain competitive, the last place we should cut is education, infrastructure and health services and research.

We can hold Trump and the Republicans responsible for the massive tax cut, the transfer of income and wealth to the top 1 percent and this obscene budget proposal, with its severely distorted priorities.

In order to address large deficits, the next shoe to drop will be an assault on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The hope apparently will be to shred the social compact and the nation's economic safety net -- a goal of the ultra-right since FDR's and LBJ's times.

Lynn Jensen

Arlington Heights

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Feb 22, 2018
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