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A writer in Tuesday’s Readers’ Rights Department says former President Donald Trump should not be exempted from prosecution because of his status as a former president. He believes that if a White House valet “sent a large batch of documents to what appears to be a former president, he would certainly be prosecuted.” No evidence of a crime has been presented to date, and Attorney General Merrick Garland’s refusal to make the affidavit public established the facts on which the finding was based, suggesting that Trump was not a crime. might have been made.
If facts are discovered that support a criminal complaint against Trump when he removed the documents after leaving office, he should be prosecuted to the same extent as any other person. But the condition has often been used in the past to absolve someone from prosecution for the same behavior as is alleged here. Hillary Clinton used a private server to do official business, which contained over 100 emails containing classified information, some of which were classified as “classified” and “top secret.” Although this appears to be unauthorized removal and storage of classified documents and materials, FBI Director James Comey concluded that Clinton was “extremely negligent” but recommended that no charges be filed because he had the criminal credentials necessary for a criminal prosecution determined intent. didn’t work with . So it looks like the precedent for situational discounting already exists.
Ronald Haskowitz, Golden Valley
Inflation Reduction Law
I am writing to express my support for the provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act on Medicare and Future Beneficiaries of Americans that save money and lives for seniors on Medicare (“Yes to Easing Drug, Health Care Costs,” editorial, August 12). It offers Medicare seniors relief from uncontrolled drug prices. The law benefits seniors on Medicare by 1) allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, 2) capping insulin costs to $35/month, 3) reducing the cost of out-of-pocket prescription drugs. Capped at $2,000 per year, 4) penalized drug companies for raising their prices beyond inflation, and 5) provided many vaccines such as shingles for free. These provisions can help seniors who have to pay out of pocket not to miss out on medications that are too expensive for their regular income but are essential to their health care.
This is a historic victory for the AARP-led battle. Some thought it was going to happen, but the nearly 38 million members of AARP continued to push for Medicare to negotiate drug prices, and we urged Congress to act.
The fight isn’t over yet. Big drug companies are trying to repeal this new law so they can continue charging Americans the highest price in the world. We must continue to fight the big drug companies until all Americans over 50 can afford their drugs. The drug will not work if you cannot afford to buy it.
Greetings to this new law. Continue the fight to afford drug prices by reaching out to your congressmen to let them know the importance of this fight.
Lorraine Prindle, Richfield
Tina Smith called the Inflation Reduction Act “it allows Medicare to negotiate with drug companies,” but what it actually offers may never become a reality (“Why Our Grandchildren Thank Us Thanks to an IRA”), Opinion Exchange, August 18). I say this because all forces are against drug companies lowering prices in the US, except for those who eventually run out of patents to compete. Politicians have a long history of campaigning with powerful drug lobbies to ensure Americans pay the highest drug prices of any country in the world, and this bill ensures that will continue to be the case.
The IRA only “allows” Medicare to attempt to negotiate 10 drugs, not until 2026, then more drugs after that. Unfortunately, all we hear is that pharmaceutical companies will resist future attempts to lower their prices. Drug prices will continue to rise for those who are not Medicare members. So how helpful was this bill? Reality Check: Definitely nothing to brag about!
Michael Tillmans, Minneapolis
Smith has proven to be an able legislator. The Watershed Climate Act is now law. (“Smith Cheers to Landmark Climate Bill,” Metro Section, Aug. 14, and “Why Our Grandkids Will Thank You for IRAs,” Opinion Exchange, Aug. 18). Now he must turn his attention and use his skills and perseverance to pass an immigration reform package consisting of the DREAM Act, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the Afghan Adjustment Act. Like the Climate Act, all three are keys to the growth and development of Minnesota’s economy. But — and this is an important “but” — he also has bipartisan support, a great foundation Smith can use to get those bills on the president’s desk. For inspiration, look at what Betsy Winzig, a teacher at Minneapolis’ Newcomer Summer High School, observed about her Afghan summer students: “It was so obvious that they really wanted to be a part of Minnesota” (“Being Minnesota,” An Introduction, ” August 15).
Sen. Smith, make these bills legal. These students and thousands of new Minnesotans will thrive. So will our grandchildren and the kingdom.
Bill Blaser, Minneapolis
South Dakota Senator John Thune, in response to the recently passed anti-inflation bill, said the new bill was bad because it would result in “a supercharged, outsized IRS that would hurt not just high-income taxpayers, but many middle affects – income taxpayers.” This fee relates to the money included in the new bill going to the IRS.
Some Perspective: The IRS has had funding limits since 2000; Your inflation-adjusted budget is almost the same today as it was then. IRS employment in 2010 was 94,000; Today it is about 15% smaller! IRS computer systems are notoriously outdated, and the task of processing tax returns for the US public is little bigger than it was 20 years ago. People calling the IRS have little chance of speaking to a real person and getting questions answered; The new funding will allow several newly informed employees to answer the phone. The multi-billion-dollar annual “tax gap” (the gap between what people owe in taxes and what they actually pay) could be better addressed as new analysts seek to tax those earning $400,000 and above. Checked filing. Billions of dollars can be reclaimed, far exceeding the cost of new hires. Lawmakers worried about the national debt should find it helpful.
Far from a supercharged and outsized IRS, as Thune claims, the IRS may finally have a chance to retain both the staff and equipment to do the job of fair tax collection across the board, a job long since done . Is.
David Lingo, Golden Valley
Eric Bergman, a teacher beginning his 26th year, admits he doesn’t know much about ordinary things (“Salute to all the things I don’t understand,” Opinion Exchange, August 13). I suggest he challenges his students to study with him. Used book sites (Elibris is one of them) have cheap stuff (starting at $1.49). Our home library contains National Geographic’s “How Things Work” and “The Way Things Work” by David Macaulay and Neil Ardle (Bergman should suggest that the school library stock these books). I am confident that he can create lesson plans on subjects of interest to his students. It will provide them with excellent information for lifelong learning. Mr. Bergman, best wishes for a successful 26th year.
Joyce A Henry, Bloomington