To the Editor:

Wasn’t it something last week that Vietnam draft dodger Ted Nugent got to go to the Oval Office and shake hands with that five-deferment, draft-dodging President Donald Trump. What a great country we are when something this dishonorable can happen. Being a child of the draft, I never thought I would see the day.

I hope all my fellow veterans who voted for Trump are proud to see this. I certainly am not proud and never will be as long as this draft-dodging president occupies the White House. One question I have for mothers and fathers, with North Korea getting hot, and if we need more troops, are you willing to have your sons and daughters drafted by a five-deferment, draft-dodger President Trump?

Walt Filipkowski

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2 winners and 4 losers from the Senate health care bill


Loser: America’s working poor

Loser: disabled people, elderly people, and everyone else who relies on Medicaid

Loser: people in states that take a Medicaid “block grant,” who could see dramatic cuts in coverage

Loser: pregnant women and new mothers

Winner: the wealthy


Winner: pharma, medical device manufacturers, tanning salons, and more



The CBO is laying out clearly: The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 reduces the deficit overall by $321 billion over the next 10 years — a major goal of conservatives — but does so on the backs of the most vulnerable Americans in exchange for tax cuts.

Under the Senate Republican health care bill, 22 fewer million Americans would have health insurance in 2026, compared with Obamacare, according to new estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.

As soon as next year, 15 million more Americans would be uninsured, the office found in its analysis of the latest Senate GOP plan. Senate leaders are hoping to press forward with a vote on the bill by the end of the week.