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Letter: How will President Trump fund private care for veterans?

President Donald Trump signs the VA Mission Act

President Donald Trump signs the VA Mission Act during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 6. The bill aims to expand private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. Credit: AP / Susan Walsh

In a letter praising President Donald Trump, a reader stated, “He signed legislation that will let veterans get government-funded care in the private sector” [“Two views of President Trump,” Oct. 9]

The VA Mission Act, to which this refers, was passed in the spring with overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans. That it expands veterans’ health care options beyond the 2014 Veterans Choice Act is a good thing. The danger is that the administration will pay for it by diverting funds from existing Veterans Affairs care, which is usually excellent.

That earlier this year the president nominated the unqualified Dr. Ronny Jackson to head the VA — and then withdraw after character issues emerged — raises serious questions about his commitment to the agency’s long-term health and viability.

John Mulvey, Blue Point

State should take over in Hempstead

The state Board of Regents should act immediately to take over the school board of the Hempstead school district [“Hempstead’s students can’t wait,” Opinion, Sept. 13]. I can think of only two things that have prevented the state Education Department from taking action on Hempstead’s dysfunctional school board: politics and fear.

In their book “Reframing Organizations,” authors Lee G. Bolman and Terence E. Deal say, “It is deeply disturbing to see political agenda corrupting technical decisions, particularly when lives are at stake.”

I agree. Please do not delay any further. While receivership may not be the answer, it is at least a start to corrective action. Each day of inaction is incomprehensible and highlights the Regents’ failure as a governing body akin to that of Hempstead’s school board. Not to act is definitely a betrayal of the most vulnerable of our community: our children.

Bernard Gassaway, Baldwin

Editor’s note: The writer has been a teacher, principal and educational administrator since 1986.

Removal of signs is un-American

As a volunteer for the Marc Molinaro for Governor campaign, I recently placed lawn signs along Vanderbilt Parkway in Dix Hills and in Commack. The next morning, three were missing. (I experienced this practice to a greater extent in the Jack Martins campaign for Congress in 2016, when a Martins sign was taken even from my front lawn.) I believe this is a partisan act. I would never deny anyone his or her right to free speech.

I would like to remind all concerned Americans that freedom comes with rights, responsibility and respect for all. Vandalism for any reason is inconsistent with a civil society. The infringement of free speech — whether you agree or disagree with another person — is un-American defies the ideals of the Constitution.

Arnold H. Kamen, Dix Hills

Cancer care bonanza shows duplication

Are we, as individuals and society, so fearful of death and cancer that we fail to question why each health care system has to build its own expensive treatment center?

The story “Expanding cancer care” [Business, Oct. 7] reports that six systems are opening facilities on Long Island.

Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s Nordstrom are for-profit retailers, so we understand their motivation to be in the same mall, but hospitals shouldn’t duplicate facilities, spending millions to get us in their “store.”

Once again, America has an inefficient, chaotic, extremely expensive national health care system inaccessible to the uninsured poor with high costs to the rest of us.

Steven M. Walk, Great Neck

What happened to the rule of law?

I am not surprised that Newsday gave prominent space on Page A6 to a report on a pizza deliveryman from Ecuador who entered this country illegally [“Win for delivery worker,” News, Oct. 6]!

This man ignored an agreement in 2010 to voluntarily leave the country. Now the government has lifted its threat of deportation while the man stays with his family in Hempstead and seeks legal status.

It seems that U.S. law is to be followed only by Americans and that some immigrants can enter illegally and do as they please.

Who stands up for Americans and America among our politicians, judiciary and media? America is supposed to be a nation of laws that everyone is expected to follow.

Anthony Johnson Sr., Brentwood

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