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posticon Editorial - Federal Retribution Against New York

Opinions | Friday, February 14, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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New York is the fourth most populous state in the United States with 19.5 million residents, according to 2019 US census estimates. New York accounts for 5.86% of the US population, and 0.25% of the population of the world.  That's 19.5 million residents documented residents.  Citizens.  Most of whom probably don't travel outside the US, but those who do are being punished for Albany's policies on undocumented residents of the state.  And it has brought Governor Andrew Cuomo's ongoing battle against President Donald Trump to the forefront.

Trump wants undocumented residents out of the country, presumably on the grounds that 'illegal aliens' are here... well, illegally.  Cuomo has taken a more humanitarian stand on the issue, which includes allowing these folks to get New York driver's licenses.  One side argues people who are not in the country legally should not be legitimized with an official government permit.  The other side argues that all New York drivers are safer on the roads if everyone who actually drives has gone through the same required driver training and testing before they hit the roads.  Now the Federal Department of Homeland Security wants access to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database.  Cuomo says they want it to help identify and deport undocumented residents.  The Trump administration is allegedly retaliating against the state by excluding all New Yorkers from the Trusted Traveler Program.

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posticon Thoughts - What's Dividing America

Opinions | Friday, February 14, 2020 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts It's interesting to hear and read the anguished cries of many punsters and pundits, those opinion makers of all persuasions, that 'this' or 'that' occurrence or issue or personage is dividing America or threatening our democratic republic ideals. By the way, I use the term democratic republic because that's essentially what we are. Communist states that still call themselves democratic republics are liars, but when they nationalize and control the media you can misuse any words and especially concepts to fit your 'ends'. Thus, People's Democratic Republic of Korea, People's Democratic Republic of the Congo, People's Democratic Republic of China, etc.

So, back to the gnashing of teeth about what's dividing America, what's a threat, etc. The impeachment trial and the resultant acquittal (and Romney's interesting vote and reasoning) have been raising questions of America's viability and ability to survive present and future challenges. I have been watching something that hasn't garnered an awful lot of publicity but, in my humble opinion, has the potential to blow some simplistic political punditry and prognostication (disagreements du jour of the news cycle) out of the water. And it will come to a head between April and June, right in the middle of the political jousting. So far, the media seems to have missed its enormous implications.

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posticon Letters - Make a Better Tomorrow

Opinions | Friday, February 14, 2020 | By Tracy Mitrano Print
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mailmanIt’s with gratitude to the many people who came to my recent health care town hall-style listening sessions that I reflect on their stories and share my thoughts and observations.

This issue is as real and important as national polling indicates. The advances of the Affordable Care Act brought 21 million people health insurance coverage but has left so much unresolved. The 30 million people not covered by any form of insurance or government program still seek services and receive bills that destabilize health care for both providers and for taxpayers. Outrageous prescription drug costs force people to make hard choices, especially those on fixed incomes. Shockingly high medical bills, rising premiums and deductibles all top the list of legitimate concerns.

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