Can a rational citizen not oppose higher taxes?: Letters

Re “Rather than supportive housing, hospitals needed” (Oct. 24):

According to conservative columnist Susan Shelley, “we should be building hospitals for the mentally ill. We need to have real solutions to this crisis, not just ever-higher taxes that bring no answer to the real problems.”

That sounds familiar. I recall that in the 1960s, Gov. Ronald Reagan was saying the exact same thing, almost word for word. No rational citizen can oppose the building of in-patient mental health facilities where people can receive the care they need, but can any rational citizen not oppose higher taxes?

In his steadfast resistance to higher taxes, Gov. Reagan realized way back then that we could not have it both ways. We still can’t. But for how long will we continue to pay the price for not building “way back then?”

— David M. Bouchier, Long Beach

Duty to protect

Re “A caravan of consequences, some of them unintended” (Susan Shelley, Oct. 31):

Regardless of how some of the Trump-hating media such as Newsweek paint the president’s actions to stop migrant caravan marching toward the U.S., the caravan is an invasion.

The president has a duty to protect our citizens from foreign invasion. Putting military troops on the border is the correct action to stop this farce of “seeking asylum” in order to slip into our country and disappear.

As Susan Shelley points out, we have too many indigent people already lacking services and housing and do not need more. If those in the caravan do not like their home country’s gang and criminal environment, they should go back home and organize to change that condition. That would be a positive unintended consequence.

— Oliver Watson, Orange

Vets gave us freedom

Re “ ‘First Man’ is a giant step for America and movies” (Opinion, Oct. 14):

I’m adding Carl Cannon to the list of liberals who opine that “raising the (U.S.) flag would have diminished” anything.

Nearly 1 million U.S. veterans have paid the ultimate price beneath our banner. Nothing is diminished by the enthusiastic display of the red, white and blue. Mr. Cannon, it’s not Hollywood who gives you the “freedom of the press,” it’s our U.S. veterans.

— Kevin P. Collins, Irvine

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