Dear Editor,
As time goes by, new information comes forward, that may not change the outcome of an issue, but it certainly does tell us how the issue was achieved. Since the dawn of our nation the professional political politician has been plying his tricks of this trade on all of We the people. Such was the recent election last November. We should all understand that these tricks are used regularly in all national elections and sometimes in state elections. In the recent election Donald Trump garnered 306 electrical college votes well above the 270 needed to win.
Before any of you right wingers get your temperature up to 105 degrees this article is all about both parties not just Republicans. The tricks are all the same for both parties. Most of these tricks are considered legal and some are even in our constitution.
How did Donald Trump win so easy? He targeted the swing states, but kept his eyes on several of the large states with a great number of electoral votes such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Florida to name a few. More money, more time, more people on the ground, more TV ads especially against his or her opposition party candidate. It all adds up to getting 2 or 3 of these big states in his column of electoral votes and with the traditional Republican red states count he or she is home free. That is how it is done for many years in this country. The very next day we read in the newspapers that the losing candidate has won the popular vote but lost the election. Remember Al Gore and George W. Bush? Gore won the popular vote but lost the election to a decision by the Supreme Court, which was packed by Republican Justices. What if the Democrat’s controlled the Supreme Court at that time? Gore would have become President, so you can see that our Supreme Court is a political organization and not a judicial organization. Still whatever they say becomes the law of the land, even if it’s a new law that they make.
Let’s take a look at the facts from the last election. As I said Donald Trump won with over 270 electoral votes. The very next day we are told that Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote. Donald Trump our incoming President has an approval rating of 42 percent, the least popular incoming President in modern U.S. history. 53 percent of the American people cast their ballot for other candidates. Hillary Clinton’s margin in the popular vote now exceeds 2.7 million and they are still counting. The fact is: Hillary Clinton has received more votes than any other Presidential contender in our history, with the exception of former President Obama. Folks, that is the majority of the people in the USA speaking here. The vote is the only way they have for speaking out and they have done so in many elections. Changes need to be made so that the legal wrongs can be made legal rights for EVERY American. Like our pledge to the flag says, with liberty and justice for ALL. Ever since I was a young boy it has always been the majority rules or wins whichever the case. Today the person with the most popular vote of the people must succeed to the person who wins the 270 electoral votes. The college may of worked back in the days of the colonies, but it sure does not work today for each and every person.
Even the evidence is not in that, even with their minority status on Capital Hill, Democrat Senate candidates also collectively earned a million more votes than did their Republican opponents. So to put it in a simple form, the GOP cannot claim a popular mandate when the party and its leaders are so unpopular. Neither can the winner of that party declare he or she has a mandate.
Fred Bitgood

Dear Editor,
First of all Lent is NOT a Christian event. Search the Scriptures word by word, from beginning to end, no mention of Lent will be found.
The early church could not get converts to give up their pagan holidays. In the traditional “if you can’t change ‘em, join ‘em” process, heathen holidays became Christian holidays.
We celebrate Christ’s Birthday in December when He was born on the Feast of the Trumpets (and will come again at that time) which occurs at the beginning of October, one convincing clue (among the historicity of His Birth), shepherds are not out in the fields in Israel in December as it is too cold.
Nimrod was worshipped by followers of Baal as the Sun God. His wife, Semiramas, succeeded him to the ‘throne’, becoming the Queen of Babylon. When she became pregnant after his death, she said that Nimrod had impregnated her as a sunbeam. She named the child, Tammuz, and he was quite revered. When as a young adult, he was killed by a wild pig, she held 40 days of mourning for him. This is the ‘genesis” of the period of Lent we know today. It was adopted by the early church to permit early converts to keep their festivals. It came into Christianity via the Catholic Church and Protestants followed the Catholic lead.
In summary, it is a period of Baal worship which has permeated Christianity but has absolutely no basis in Scripture yet unfortunately remains a part of most Christian Church practices today ‘condoned’ by pastors and preachers who are failing their congregations by following manmade traditions instead of God’s Word.
Anne Stromberg

Dear Editor,
Hillary Clinton referred to anyone who was for now President Trump as "Deplorables".
Medicare has declared war on those of us who are over 75 and refer to us as "Expendables"!
At least that is certainly how it seems.
I've heard more and more seniors complain that once they were over 75 Medicare started denying them whatever treatment or medications they needed.
Medicare denies a lot of pain medications to the elderly because they "could become addicted"!
You've seen letters to the newspapers about it lately. You've read about several people who committed suicide because they were in so much pain from failed back surgeries, bone diseases, numerous injuries (including our vets of any age) and were denied the pain medications ordered by their doctors. True, some medications are addictive, however, if you are 75 -80 years old and need one or two pain pills a day/night to keep the pain at a tolerable level isn't it more humane to give you the medication rather than keep you in such pain that you can't live with it?
I have a friend who has COPD (very difficult breathing problem) plus Congestive Heart Failure. This friend was denied the oxygen ordered by her physician by "trained human robots" at Medicare. They are not doctors or nurses.
They have no medical training or background. They are taught to delay and deny any and all treatments and medications they possibly can to anyone 75 years old or older. It's as if the elderly are not human and can't feel pain, or worse yet, are undeserving of pain relief, needed medical procedures that could ease the pain or save their lives (they have outlived their usefulness) or should not have the oxygen needed to keep them breathing! They are Medicare employees they are not GOD! How DARE they decide who lives or who dies in agony?
Another friend has a failed back surgery. This person gets pain relief from injections into her back by a Pain Management doctor. She had one injection in September and now, six months later, needs another one. Going six months with pain reduced to a tolerable level made it possible to live an "almost normal" life. Now Medicare has denied the doctor's request for another injection saying this person must try physical therapy before being allowed another injection.
Is two injections a year too much to be able to live at a tolerable pain level? Worse yet, she had physical therapy last year, which Medicare paid for, and it didn't work well enough or long enough, therefore, causing the need for the first injection. Medicare, in their great wisdom, would rather pay for another round of physical therapy, which is already proven not to work, rather than to pay for an injection which is proven to work for this patient!
There are a lot of us over 75 "Expendables" out there. WE ALL need to contact our state representatives and senators and ask them to plead with Dr. Price, the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, and let him know what is happening under the current management  (actually mismanagement) of Medicare. If we are Expendable now what will the people running Medicare be in the future? Oh, I forgot, they have Government Health coverage and don't have to worry about Medicare!
Sandee Samoska