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Hardy2
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print email Source: Editorial: Suicide Attempt By Alleged Code Violator
March 23, 2017 | 05:34 PM

I am so very sad to know that my dear friend from so many years ago had gone through such difficult times. He was so healthy and just a beautiful person. He hired me to work non the ships budgets at Lamont when he was the Port Captain. I thought of him often over the years and had planned to try to get in touch with him as I am moving back to NY. I am horrified to find out that he did not have more support in his time of need. He was the most generous, genuine man I have known. I certainly will miss him.

Kathy
print email Source: Editorial: Obamacare Replacement Plan Draws Criticism
ACA and TrumpCare
March 22, 2017 | 11:01 AM

Dear Mr. Snyder:

For one, I am pleased that The Independent has undertaken to provide in depth news coverage of issues of importance to its audience. However, the latest column "Obamacare Replacement Plan Draws Criticism" suffers from some glaring flaws.

In the attempt to attempt to enumerate the "flaws" of the Affordable Care Act, some critical causal factors have been omitted.

First, the initial enrollment estimates made by the CBO have been criticized as woefully low, missing from this criticism is that 32 GOP-controlled states, refused, contrary to their citizens' best interests, to opt in to the Medicaid expansion feature. By rejecting this benefit (with the cost borne largely by the Federal government), millions of Americans were unable to obtain coverage and ACA enrollment was artificially stifled, resulting in a lowered premium base.

In those states that embraced Medicaid expansion, the rate of uninsured citizens dropped dramatically. In Kentucky, for example, the rate dropped from 13% to 6%. This coverage would be dramatically curtailed under the GOP plan, not only freezing enrollment, but also foisting onto the states the obligation for funding a large portion of the cost. For many states, this increased share will run in the billions of dollars, which will require either higher taxes or lowered (or no) coverage.

You misunderstand the root of the so-called "sad truth" of the ACA, namely that insurers and HMOs are leaving the plan, depriving it of needed supplier competition. This label ignores the cause of this flight -- the blockage by the GOP of Federal reimbursement that would have been available to those companies for losses from providing below cost coverage. GOP Senator Marco Rubio takes "credit" for being the architect of depriving the ACA of competition among suppliers.

Under the AHCA, gone are the premium subsidies that will limit the widely decried premium increases under the ACA to an average of 1% nationwide (the Kaiser Foundation has analyzed this). Instead, the poor, the aged and the sick will be at the mercy of a "market based" plan that will allow all "access". Premium costs will skyrocket for those, and the AHCA's meager tax credits will offer little relief.

In closing, I trust that your description of Mr. Trump's alternative "" to let the ACA fail in the event the AHCA is rejected "" it not meant as an endorsement of his alternative. It is more aptly described as abandonment.

SIncerely,

Bruce Colbath

Bruce Colbath
print email Source: Editorial: BRESLIN
Best
March 21, 2017 | 05:24 PM

Bravo, Jerry!
You learned from the best; the end of an era. A true American, RIP Jimmy.
Peace,
Bob Kerr


Bob Kerr
print email Source: Editorial: Zeldin Carries On Despite Death Threat
March 13, 2017 | 12:45 PM

I think it's despicable that this publication neglected to check facts and went with alt-facts. While it is true that one person out of thousands wrote something regrettable, it is not true that Zeldin canceled his town hall because of it. The date of the petition entry came weeks AFTER Zeldin cancelled the Town Hall. Dishonesty like this destroys the credibility of this publication.

Truth
print email Source: Editorial: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS OF 14-YEAR-OLD GIRLS
Willful Child
March 09, 2017 | 02:02 AM

Can't win for losing. Gonna be a struggle nonetheless.

Dad
print email Source: Editorial: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS OF 14-YEAR-OLD GIRLS
14 yr-old daughter
March 09, 2017 | 01:55 AM

I just don't know. Really. Extending freedom of thought is so troubling these days. "But I LIKE having all of my freshly-washed clothes piled up at the bottom of my bed because it's easier for me, I instead of folding and hanging them up in my dresser or my walk-in closet."

"I know what I like, and YOU CAN'T change that. Why don't you understand that?!?!."

"I do what I do at school because 'I have to', but at home, I expect to do what I want to do, and that's what's different. Just because YOU want me to do what you want me to do, doesn't mean that its the best thing for me. Like, why is it such a big deal, that I want to have my school and other clothes in a pile at the foot and on my bed, so that I can more easily dress myself." That's the way you want to live, but not me!"

"Mommy and Daddy are just trying to help prepare you for the responsibilities of you future, which include such minimal responsibilities as folding and hanging your clothes so you will be able to find them in an un-wrinkled state as needed."

Daughter: "See... That's YOUR way, not mine. I do t see why I have to do everything the way you do, especially if it's not the way I would do it."

Father: " Well.... we are trying to teach you some basics of living on your own, and when you ARE living on your own, you just may appreciate the fact that you can find the sock, or the shirt, which may or may not have fallen off the end of bed, which you needed to wear for your day on the job, which if unavailable, may cost you your job."

Daughter: "But when I leave all my clothes on the end of my bed, then I know where they all are.... "

Father: "But that's just not acceptable, sweetie. You have to fold and hang-up your clothes as everyone else does."

Daughter: "That's the problem. It's not me. You want me to do what YOU DO, but that's not me. I'm different, and that's the point that you don't get."

...... ( OMG. What a conundrum. Logic is so stratospherically distant to any conversation. At this point, we're talking about limiting computer access, or even removing her bedroom door from its hinges. WTF?.....and we aren't even close to worrying about pregnancy yet. I mean, she spend most time on the computer as an avid and wry accomplished digital artist, but house rules should still apply, other than bathing and brushing your teeth. I am a week parent, and I admit this.)


Charles
print email Source: Editorial: JUDGE GIVES TWO LESBIAN SCHOOLTEACHERS A BREAK
You ... No You ... No You ...
March 08, 2017 | 11:34 PM

Addendum: Hey everyone ... Jerry was just elected into the AAF's Advertisng Hall of Fame, along with, if you can believe it, Robert De Nero. Two great Creatives with a lot in common. So, say congrats to Jerry.

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: Zeldin Carries On Despite Death Threat
security
March 08, 2017 | 06:40 PM

I think it is despicable that any elected official go through what you had to put up with this last few weeks. I would hope for security to tighten and you continue with a positive attitude. Do not let them take you off you game. Those that are found guilty should be punished to the maximum.

joe cognitore
print email Source: Editorial: JUDGE GIVES TWO LESBIAN SCHOOLTEACHERS A BREAK
Hot for Teacher
March 07, 2017 | 10:42 PM

My dear Jerry ! What a great and fun column. And I gladly join you in the "risk pool" of offending certain women. But the truth is the truth, and 16 year-old boys haven't change a bit when it comes to teacher fantasies. Add in the big bosom factor, although not necessarily required, and I rest my (your) case. And if this iconic Van Hale video of "Hot for Teacher" doesn't explain all ! nothing will. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M4_Ommfvv0

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: Mobile Home Owners Air Grievances
Rhp
March 06, 2017 | 10:15 AM

Is there any way being one of his residents of getting myself out of his crap hole? We are still buying the trailer but I want out and away from all this. Too much stuff to list.

Delicia Sims
print email Source: Editorial: A MESSAGE TO THE IDIOTS WHO ARE SCREAMING IN OUR STREETS
Wishful Thinking
March 05, 2017 | 01:39 PM

Dear Jerry,

Your crystal ball needs a complete tune up.Trump recognizes the several serious problems faced by we as individuals and as a country.He has assembled a quality cabinet to achieve goals he has set.You
should be concerned wittheprogressives
deliberate efforts to sabotage Trump's
election.They only believe elections they win,not those won by others.That is not America!!!

Earle Rynston
print email Source: Editorial: CONDOMS AND LIFE SAVERS
Hilarious!
March 03, 2017 | 02:43 AM

Very Funny Jerry

Karl
print email Source: Editorial: A MESSAGE TO THE IDIOTS WHO ARE SCREAMING IN OUR STREETS
Trump will be impeached if no jobs
March 03, 2017 | 02:33 AM

If the economy does not improve, many Republicans, who never liked Trump in the first place with support from the electorate and Democrats, will impeach Trump who will resign to save face. Ivanka his daughter will convince him to step down. She is the only one Trump trusts. Just like Kissinger told Nixon it was time to go. No matter, Trump will make more money in the private sector, more than he ever did before. So we will wait and see.

Karl
print email Source: Editorial: A MESSAGE TO THE IDIOTS WHO ARE SCREAMING IN OUR STREETS
Stupid Naysayers
March 03, 2017 | 01:07 AM

Hey commentator JPK ... Everyone who actually knows Jerry knows he is a die hard Republican at heart. But we also know that he is an American patriot, first and foremost. Hence his unusual vote. And I couldn't respect him more for that. As for you ... Take a hike!

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: A MESSAGE TO THE IDIOTS WHO ARE SCREAMING IN OUR STREETS
myths
March 01, 2017 | 02:59 PM

Sorry,
I would have never thought you'd vote for Hillary.
No more Independent for me.
Used to enjoy your column now I find you are a hypocrite.

jpk
print email Source: Editorial: A MESSAGE TO THE IDIOTS WHO ARE SCREAMING IN OUR STREETS
Plovers
March 01, 2017 | 08:48 AM

Hi Jerry,
It's all speculation. The only thing we do know is the Plovers will be heading north in a couple of weeks. And, the only solution is you, me, and Alex Baldwin making Peace in the dunes!

Peace,

Bob Kerr





Bob Kerr
print email Source: Editorial: A MESSAGE TO THE IDIOTS WHO ARE SCREAMING IN OUR STREETS
Tempest in a Teapot
February 28, 2017 | 06:54 PM

As always, great column Jerry and you make some very interesting points. Not the least of which is your conclusion that Trump will be impeached by dint of popular dissent or Congressional subterfuge from his own GOP guys. Never going to happen! The Constitutional requirement for impeachment is "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" ! not unpopularity. And while some in the Justice Department might try to get him for lying to the FBI, which would result in perjury and obstruction of justice charges, don't hold your breath on that with new U.S. AG Sessions at the helm. As for Congress, the only other way they might get him is for "Contempt of Congress", and Trump will simply claim "Executive Privilege". In which case, the whole thing goes to the SCOTUS.
However, when the IRS is finally done auditing Trump and his tax returns are inevitably released, everything may change in a blink. To wit, the U.S. Treasury Department and Eliot Ness couldn't get Al Capone on racketeering (now RICO), so they nailed him for "Tax Evasion". But don't hold your breath on that one either. Because even then, Trump would simply resign and get a "Nixonian" Presidential pardon from Mike Pence (Ford providing the legal precedent).
All of which is to say, Trump can't lose in any case! Win, win all the way (and he, of all people, certainly knows the odds.) Essentially making him "Untouchable". Bill


Bill Crandall
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East End Indy
February 28, 2017 | 05:14 PM

Love to read the paper when I am not on the East End.

Robin Moses
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East End Indy
February 28, 2017 | 05:13 PM

Love to read the paper when I am not on the East End.

Robin Moses
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East End Independent
February 28, 2017 | 05:13 PM

Love to read the paper when I am not on the East End.

Robin Moses
print email Source: Editorial: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS OF 14-YEAR-OLD GIRLS
teenagers
February 21, 2017 | 02:01 PM

so funny comparing the list with Albanian population...One thing for sure ..these boys will be all over world and approximately 12 million in number.
Good luck to whoever has a child between 14-16 of age..Including myself

Barda
print email Source: Editorial: WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM
February 17, 2017 | 01:10 PM

I love u,jerry

lynn
print email Source: Editorial: Remembering Sag Harbor Circa 1937
Remembering Sag Harbor
February 09, 2017 | 07:08 PM

Enjoyed this article.
Looking forward to reading others in the series.

Joan Tutt
print email Source: Editorial: Remembering Sag Harbor Circa 1937
Remembering Sag Harbor
February 09, 2017 | 07:06 PM

Enjoyed this article.
Looking forward to reading others in the series.

Joan Tutt
print email Source: Editorial: Remembering Sag Harbor Circa 1937
Remembering Sag Harbor
February 07, 2017 | 03:39 PM

I LOVE this! How interesting!!

Lucille Garypie
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
Hey would you like some Knockwurst
February 06, 2017 | 03:57 AM

Where would all the good food be if we did not have our immigrants. Just Mayo on bread with cheese...give me a Hebrew National anyday...dark mustard.

Karl
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
Jerry's editorial this week
February 02, 2017 | 02:36 AM

Just a thank you for writing it -- the USA should never forget that we are basically a nation of immigrants who made this country what we are today. Not bad!

Bob Legenhausen
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
Trump
January 31, 2017 | 11:09 PM

Is TRUMP your President?

Lenn
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
New York City ... The One and Only
January 31, 2017 | 06:53 PM

Good for you Jerry. The very thing that makes our beloved NYC and its environs so great is the sheer diversity of our people - with all their hopes, dreams, and unique contributions at hand. And if we ever lose that, we'll just be "another" town on the map.

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
Fantastic
January 31, 2017 | 06:49 PM

Jerry, I totally support your views. Thanks for speaking up.

Jim Lang

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