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Guess who is the enemy of the people

Dear Editor,
At last!  Our president has said something I totally agree with: “Fake news is the enemy of the people.”  Yes!
(As a former English teacher, I need to offer a slight grammatical correction.  Fake news is an inanimate object, so it can’t be an enemy.  People who make up fake news and/or disseminate it are doing enemy-type things.)
I agree with Mr. Trump:  making up fake news or passing it along is a bad thing for people to do.
About a week before the mid-term elections Mr. Trump started talking about an executive order to stop granting citizenship to children born here of illegals.  It would essentially overturn the 14th amendment.
Did it happen?  No?  Perhaps that was the plan all along:  get more people riled up long enough to get them to the voting booth.  Then forget about it.
Seriously, what does it take to make an executive order?  1) Write it down.  2) Sign it.  3) Send it out.
If Mr. Trump wanted it to happen, he would have done it.  He did not make it happen.  This was fake news.  Anything the President of the United States says is news.  If it’s not real, it’s fake.  The person who makes up or disseminates fake news is the enemy of the people.
Remember Mr. Trump’s accusation during the 2016 campaign that the Obama administration had tapped his phones.  Yet the accusation included no evidence.  And after the election the then blindly supportive Attorney General did not investigate.  What a coup that would have been!
Instead, this was just another item in the parade of fake news that Mr. Trump throws out -- weekly, if not daily.  Guess who is the enemy of the people.  So sad.

Ron Nibbelink
Augusta

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Oppose inclusion of postal reform in year-end legislation

Dear Editor,
As a member of the federal community who served our country for years, I am concerned with an attempt to force current U.S. Postal Service retirees onto Medicare Part B, after they previously declined this coverage. While hailed as a way to improve USPS' finances, this is nothing more than balancing the books on the backs of seniors.
Why should retirees, who spent their careers serving this nation, be forced to pay an additional $134 per month, or more, for health coverage they previously deemed unnecessary? Mandatory Medicare Part B coverage was never part of the agreement made upon employment, and it should not be forced on any postal retiree, especially retroactively.
Congress is currently attempting to fix the Postal Service's problems by shifting costs to Medicare. I urge our legislators to reject the current postal reform bill, H.R. 756. Retired postal workers proudly served our community and promises to them should be kept.

Sincerely,
David V Petrie
Andover