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Letter: Obamacare and presidential lies

Cathy Young's column on the Affordable Care Act ["Obamacare sought to do too much," Opinion, Nov. 12] came close to the solution at the end: Medicare. This is a program that works. We should make it available to adults older than 21 and make participation mandatory, with financial penalties for those who do not sign up.

This would result in younger people, who do not use the health care system as much, paying into the system and reducing Medicare deficits.

Clifford J. Watins, Commack

This may be one of the biggest presidential deceptions in history: "Health care miscues worry Obama allies" [News, Nov. 10]. The article describes the president's apology for misleading people and his mea culpa.

The Washington Post analysis printed by Newsday supported him by describing his lie as "selling-points designed as a part of a political sales job, that have been called into question." It would serve the public and the truth to specifically call out the president for lying.

Jim Madsen, Holbrook

Insulting cartoon depicts male soldiers

Newsday's Veterans Day editorial cartoon [Nov. 11] contains a big blooper and is a gross insult to any woman who served in the U.S. armed forces. The cartoon caption says, "Thank a real hero today," and the drawing depicts a superhero saying, "Gentlemen, thank you!" to four male soldiers, whose uniforms suggest they represent soldiers from the two world wars, the Vietnam War and modern Middle East conflicts.

Many women served in the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some were killed or injured, just like their male comrades.

The Veterans Day Parade in New York City, billed as the largest in the nation, was led by Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the nation's first female four-star general.

Further, it is well known that women served in the U.S. Navy as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in World War II. The WAVES worked as aviation mechanics, control-tower operators and intelligence personnel to aid the war effort. There are also many female cadets at the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the Air Force Academy, colleges that produce some of the future elite leaders of our military.

Joyce W. Behr, Farmingdale

Dividing assessment oversight in Nassau

I read about Nassau Executive Edward Mangano's plan to splinter the county's property assessment function among the county's three towns and two cities ["Mangano wants towns to take over," News, Nov. 13].

I also read of Mangano's plan to save taxpayer dollars by placing parks under the supervision of the Department of Public Works ["Mangano fires Ciampoli," News, Nov. 14].

If saving tax dollars is accomplished by combining overlapping functions, how does the county executive explain his desire to escape the county's property assessment responsibility by dividing the job among the five towns and cities?

My take is that Mangano's team hasn't a clue about how to fix the assessment system, so the decision has been made to cut and run.

I suspect that shifting the assessment responsibility would raise each taxpayer's overall bill, while reducing the cost to the county. County expenses will appear to have been lowered, but the cost to the taxpayer will have risen. More smoke and mirrors.

Arnold Holtzman, Plainview