Sup­port for NFL play­ers’ right to protest

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OPINION -

The NFL play­ers have ev­ery right to protest the so­cial in­jus­tices and in­equal­ity that is fes­ter­ing in our country! It is most cer­tainly an arena where peo­ple will take no­tice. It brings at­ten­tion to the is­sue of so­cial jus­tice, racism and po­lice bru­tal­ity and in­ter­rupts the mind­less men­tal­ity of a blind and false pa­tri­o­tism.

We honor what the flag and na­tional an­them stand for. If these val­ues do not ex­ist in all ar­eas of our so­ci­ety or are threat­ened we have ev­ery right to call at­ten­tion to it. What bet­ter arena than NFL football - As long as there is no ev­i­dence of any ide­alog­i­cal or re­li­gious tone or af­fil­i­a­tion - overt or sub­lim­i­nal. Call­ing at­ten­tion to these is­sues is not de­sce­crat­ing the sa­cred sym­bol of our Flag It is what it stands for that we must cher­ish and pre­serve. Sit, stand or kneel is not the is­sue. Re­spect, jus­tice, free­dom is the call.

That these play­ers have enough con­cern for their fel­low men and women to put them­selves out there on their be­half is as pa­tri­otic as you can be. It is not dis­hon­or­ing the flag or our country. It is ad­dress­ing con­cerns that have the po­ten­tial for de­stroy­ing what our Flag stands for. They are not dis­hon­or­ing the men and women who sac­ri­ficed for our country. Just the op­po­site, they are hon­or­ing their ser­vice by continuing the fight for our ideals.

What bet­ter arena to call at­ten­tion to these is­sues than when so many are fix­ated on football. It takes the NFL to a new level. It has some soul! It has some in­tel­lect! It has some guts! They are real pa­tri­ots!

Eileen M. Lyons, West Goshen

Time for tax re­form

Amer­i­can busi­nesses have been pa­tiently wait­ing for lead­ers in Wash­ing­ton to pro­duce tax re­form, but pa­tience is grow­ing thin. It is time for elected of­fi­cials to put the Amer­i­can peo­ple be­fore their dif­fer­ences and pro­duce a fail-proof plan to help Amer­ica suc­ceed. Let’s not for­get, Re­pub­li­cans were voted into power un­der prom­ises of tax re­form and it would be very dis­ap­point­ing to see the party rep­u­ta­tion di­min­ished be­cause they could not to de­liver.

The av­er­age small-business owner in Amer­ica is suf­fer­ing un­der a cor­po­rate tax rate as high as 40%, after state and local taxes are com­bined. Cou­pled with the fact that tax code is nearly 75,000 pages long in which only a trained ac­coun­tant can navigate, small-business own­ers are given the choice be­tween wast­ing count­less hours trying to do it alone or hir­ing an ac­coun­tant. It is time for our leg­is­la­tors to pro­duce a tax re­form bill that sim­pli­fies the tax code, sets a fair business tax rate, and closes the con­fus­ing loop­holes that only big cor­po­ra­tions have the means and ex­pe­ri­ence to ex­ploit.

Amer­i­cans de­serve more jobs and higher wages. Based on a study re­leased by the Tax Foun­da­tion, tax re­form is es­ti­mated to gain 68,777 jobs and $5,254 in after-tax in­come for me­dian house­holds Penn­syl­va­nia alone. The only way to do this is by pro­duc­ing a tax re­form bill by the end of the year. I’m proud that Se­na­tor Toomey has been a lead­ing voice on Capi­tol Hill to get tax re­form ac­com­plish­ment. I hope his con­gres­sional col­leagues, in­clud­ing Se­na­tor Casey and the en­tire Demo­cratic del­e­ga­tion, de­cide to be a part of the so­lu­tion and end their ob­struc­tionary tac­tics. If our Rep­re­sen­ta­tives can­not come to­gether to help the Amer­i­can peo­ple, the only so­lu­tion is to elect some­one that will. Rick Lough­ery, Chair­man, Penn­syl­va­nia Young Re­pub­li­cans

Don’t re­peal ACA

Ev­ery health bill that has been pro­posed un­der this 2017 ad­min­is­tra­tion has gone from bad to worse for mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who need and rely on a health care sys­tem that can help them live a bet­ter life.

To take away this health sup­port sys­tem is odi­ous. And it will be un­for­get­table for more Amer­i­cans than just those in one po­lit­i­cal district or an­other. Be­cause of the malaise this country is going through on so many lev­els right now, we are ALL in this to­gether.

Re­peal­ing Oba­macare in the way in which it has been set forth is a great of­fense to all of us, even those who think at the mo­ment that there is no other way. It would need­lessly cost tens of thousands of lives and bank­rupt­cies a year and leave a vast number of oth­ers to suf­fer with­out re­course.

Al­ready mil­lions of dol­lars of time, public­ity, and con­gres­sional pay have been wasted on at­tempt­ing to tear down what is ben­e­fi­cial un­der the ACA, instead of seek­ing to en­hance it, stream­line it, make it more cost ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient. This is a very sad dis­grace and does great dam­age to our morale.

Please, do not al­low this to con­tinue. A health care pro­gram must be a bi-par­ti­san ef­fort or it is a lost cause for all of us. It is im­per­a­tive that you de­feat this bill and get on with good and hu­mane so­lu­tions to our health care sys­tem and make Amer­ica proud of what we are ca­pa­ble of do­ing.

Diana Rarig, Ken­nett Square

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