Qualified & Committed
I urge the people of East Hampton to get to know and support Zach Cohen in his bid for a seat on our town board. Over the years I have gotten to know Zachary Cohen and work with him on several committees. He has a heartfelt concern for our community and he takes the extra step and rolls up his sleeves and does what he can to help.
He is a very strong advocate for more affordable housing in our community. We all know the need but Zach understands and has the ability to do what needs to be done to make that happen. Throughout my involvement in Windmill Village and St Michael's Senior Housing he has always made himself available to help in any way needed.
Zach has the skill set and the determination to get things done in our community. A vote for Zach is a vote for better government.
Rick Murphy's article in the April 19th edition of The Independent made clear that replacement of Obamacare with the House Republican-proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) will have a "catastrophic" effect on New Yorkers.
Murphy was reporting on conclusions reached by health care advocates and union leaders who pointed out that enactment of the AHCA will result in up to 2.7 million New York State residents losing Medicaid coverage and huge financial cuts to hospitals, nursing homes and home care providers all over the State.
Mr. Murphy deserves thanks for making clear the impact that replacement of Obamacare with the AHCA will cause for thousands of New York residents, including many on the East End of Long Island.
North Korean Economy
President Trump has pointed out the strong linkage between China and North Korea, and he correctly assumes China can influence North Korea's weapons development program. We must work with China on resolving this situation, and also on the Chinese encroachment in the South China Sea and the trade deficit imbalance.
At this juncture, the North Korean nuclear missile program is of primary concern. China can bring pressure on North Korea to stop its development of these weapons systems by reducing its trade with North Korea.
One area of trade that comes to mind is the large quantity of coal China imports from North Korea. It is estimated this amounts to 22 million tons per year, which is 40% of North Korea's coal exports. A reduction in the importation of North Korean coal would significantly impact the North Korean economy, and could force it to change its position on arms development.
The U.S. has large quantities of coal available for mining which could be sold to China, if cost effective, to fill its coal importation needs. This would help our trade imbalance with China, boost our coal mining industry, and put our coal miners back to work.