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Letters to the Poughkeepsie Journal

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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Republican tax plan doesn't benefit the working class

President Donald Trump has been telling us exuberantly how great his recent tax cuts are for the American working class and that he and his family will not benefit from these changes. If you believe that, I want to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. …

Chuck Cooper
Hopewell Junction

Investigation into Russia's interference to U.S. elections must continue

So who was the "liberal snowflake" who characterized Donald Trump's presidential campaign's contacts with Russian agents as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic"? Maybe Hillary Clinton, or a spokesperson from MoveOn.org or the MeToo movement? …

Gerald Browne

Faso must protect our Democracy by supporting investigation into Russia's election hack

If Russia had bombed U.S. cities, the Republicans in Washington no doubt would have retaliated. Yet in fact, we were bombed when the Russians attacked our 2016 elections through cyber-warfare. Congress and the White House have done almost nothing except divert our attention with distractions like #releasethememo. …

Kathy Evans

Renaming monuments, buildings, does not erase their history

George Orwell's classic novel "1984" has become far too prophetic to be considered just a work of fiction. Consider the ubiquitous cameras watching us from deli counters, to city streets, from banks to coffee shops, and everywhere in between. Smartphone use allows tracking of our likes, dislikes, preferences, and purchases, while E-ZPass and traffic cameras record where and when we go anywhere. As Orwell forecast almost 70 years ago, Big Brother is indeed watching us. …

Campbell Whitford

Money seems more important than justice in case of stolen credit card numbers

When my credit card was declined for a small vitamin purchase at Woodstock Apothecary, I raced home to find the proper 800 number to find out why. The security department explained my card number, not the card itself, had been stolen. They reeled off a few erroneous charges from the past two days and deleted them from my account. …

Joanne Michaels

Slavery practiced in Caribbean long before Columbus arrived

I wish to continue my defense of Christopher Columbus which I began in a letter on Dec. 27 ("Writer defends explorer Christopher Columbus"). Im responding to a Nov. 8 letter ("It's about time people are criticizing Christopher Columbus") which stated the commonly held view that Columbus, through disease and slavery, was guilty of enacting genocide against the Taino tribe of the Caribbean Islands. Genocide, which entails the systematic slaughter which we all have knowledge of, simply did not occur. Disease, as pointed out by Thomas Woods in his book How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, was obviously morally neutral. …

Robert Crolius
Hyde Park

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