Cass County Michigan Democratic Party
Letters to the Editor
Burning of Fossil fuels leads to more CO2 in the air. More CO2 leads to a greenhouse effect that traps heat in the atmosphere. Warmer air holds more water. More water in the air leads to more violent storms. More violent storms lead to floods, landslides, and tornadoes. This leads to property damage and untold misery for the people affected. The cost of this is not born by the people who started the whole thing. It is born by the people who are suffering. Who said the world is fair?
Thomas J Rea M.D.
Hello neighbors in the 6th District:
Upton had a tele-townhall on Tuesday Feb 28th and I was one of about 300 people listening in. During the call, Upton did surveys on a number of issues. It turns out most people on the call:
1. did not support a wall
2. wanted a law that would make all Presidents release their tax returns
3. wanted an investigation (wo Sessions) on the Russian invasion of our election
4. wanted an improved healthcare plan, not a repeal.
Also, to Upton’s credit, he stated that climate change needed to be addressed in short order and that human activity was indeed involved. We do not have summer weather, rain, thunderstorms, followed by snow, and then 55 degrees, in February and March in Michigan.
I wanted to ask how the American people can be expected to trust a man who utilizes hateful rhetoric to get elected. I also wanted to know how the small investor will be protected if financial advisors are not required by law to act in the best interests of their clients, aka the fiduciary rule. We need protection from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which was spearheaded by Elizabeth Warren. This protects us from the wolves of Wall Street.
I am a Democrat living in Cass County, Michigan and my granddaughter is a Republican who works in the House of Representatives. We often talk about politics and she even bought me a copy of Bernie Sanders' new book "Our Revolution" for Christmas. She inscribed the book saying that though we don't agree on lots of things politically we can always talk and find common ground. I so wish that the broader population could also work to find things we can agree on.
Here are a few of the things I'm thinking we might be able to find bipartisanship on:
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Clean water and clean air
Repair or replacement of infrastructure
A year or two of mandatory national service (military, hospitals, schools, construction, etc.)
Good, affordable healthcare for all our citizens
Pathways to higher education for anyone who works hard and qualifies
Much of what is wrong in the U.S. can be attributed to poverty. Poverty breeds hopelessness and hopelessness breeds crime and drugs. I think most of us know that education, whether that is via a university or a trade, is the only thing that can point to hope and bring people out of poverty. I think all of us want to have successful, fulfilling and happy lives and I truly believe most of us want that for every one else as well. Let's encourage each other and our lawmakers to find those areas of common ground where we can work together and make better lives for all of us.
We of the Judeo-Christian faith need to express our outrage at the detainment by immigration officials of American Muslims - the son of Muhammad Ali (Muhammad Ali, Jr.) and his former wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali. This incident reminded me of the poem by Reinhold Niebuhr: "....Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me." We need to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of all faiths for the future of our country.
It can’t be said too often or too forcefully. The earth is heating up and coal, gas, and oil are the main causes. The fossil fuel industry has for over 30 years funded climate change denial even when their research indicated climate change.
Instead of continuing to fund energy from fossil fuels we should keep these fuels in the ground. Shortages as a result would stimulate development of alternatives such as solar, wind, and water and more efficient energy saving construction. This would be a great stimulus to the economy without causing the social disruption of floods, drought, and rising ocean levels.
Let your representatives know that inaction on their part will cause them to lose elections. That is the only thing they understand.
Thomas J. Rea MD
Hillary Clinton lost by 11,000 votes in Michigan. She lost by 7,000 votes in Cass County.
Representative Fred Upton recently voted with his party to overturn several Obama Executive Orders. As a result
--Coal mining operations no longer have to minimize the amount of waste and the amount of land disturbed
--Companies no longer have to self-certify violations of federal labor laws including Occupational Health and Safety and Americans With Disabilities Act, among others
-- Mentally challenged individuals can no longer be more easily added to the instant background check system
--Gas companies no longer are required to implement measures that reduce methane
You can keep up with votes by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and Representative Fred Upton on non partisan congress.org. They will periodically send you an easily understood summary of important votes in the US House and Senate. The information above is from the most recent summary.
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Below are LTEs published in local papers by members of CCDP