Alibi V.26 No.51 • Dec 21-27, 2017 

Letters

Affordable Care for All

Dear Editor,

The millions of United States citizens who have enrolled in health insurance programs under the Affordable Care Act feel lifted up. Not least of the benefits they enjoy are the right to get healthcare even when they have preexisting conditions and the right to have their children remain on their policies until they reach the age of 26.

But some of us are looking forward to being lifted up even more. We want Medicare for all. We know that we citizens will be able to pay for the House bill, HR 676, through a small progressive payroll and self-employment tax and a modest tax on unearned income. We are not distressed because the top five percent income earners will pay an increased personal income tax and because there will be a small tax on stock and bond transactions. We know that this is an equitable way for all of us to pay for our healthcare.

Furthermore, we know that this bill and Senator Sanders' S.915 will save us current premium payers a vast amount of money by eliminating the high amount of advertising done by the insurance companies and the large number of people that physicians now must employ to satisfy the multitude of requirements demanded by the insurance companies.

Rev. Judith Deutsch

Corrales

Garage Sale Snob

Dear Alibi,

I moved to Albuquerque last March from Wisconsin. Having spent an entire garage sale season here in New Mexico, which is a lot longer than we had up north, I feel I have to share my frustration with the garage sale signs I see in this city.

I have been garage saleing since I was born. It is ingrained in my family and whenever I see a garage sale my instinctual response is to immediately chase down that sale. Therefore, I acknowledge that I am a bit of a garage sale snob. I still think it is fair to say that the signs I see in Albuquerque are almost always, well, lacking. Often the sign just says “Yard Sale,” or sometimes just “Sale.” And yes, sometimes there is an arrow.

Often signs are written with what looks like a fading pen or pencil. Sometimes the signs are placed after the turn, therefore too late. Every once in a while I will see a sign that says something descriptive like “toys” or “tools,” but these things are less important than the information that needs to be there. The sign almost never includes the date, the address or the time. I can’t tell you how often I have started following garage sale signs to never have found the place. I have wasted hours. Either the signs just disappear, or I may start following other way-too-similar signs for a different sale. I have almost stopped searching for garage sales in fear of going down a wild goose chase leading to nowhere.

In my almost-professional opinion, here is a quick garage sale sign 101:

1) Make the sign legible from a decent distance away. If you are unsure if your sign can be read from a moving car 100 feet away, test it. Use sharpie or another kind of thick marker.

2) Include a date and time, and if you don’t, take down your sign when the sale is over. More than a few tears have been shed finding a sign leading to nowhere.

3) Include an address to help navigate shoppers and distinguish your sign from others. If you don’t want to include a whole address, how about just the street. Or at least an original word. Once I saw “Killer Sale” and although the word Killer is strange in the context of garage sales, it helped to know what signs were all leading towards this sale.

4) Place the signs often and before turns.

Taylor Cherry

Albuquerque

#GOPvalues

Dear Editor,

After the shooting in San Bernardino California in 2015, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez slammed the President for politicizing the tragic attack on Americans by calling for gun control measures.

Almost Three years later, after a failed Pipe Bombing in New York, President Trump is calling for tougher immigration measures? Why does Gov. Martinez suddenly have nothing to say?

After the worst mass shooting in American history, this year, in Las Vegas, Gov. Martinez didn't even offer her thoughts and prayers like most National Rifle Association Republicans often do.

When President Trump politicizes a tragedy, why doesn't Gov. Martinez hold him to the same strict standards she held President Obama to? Gov. Martinez has been on just about every side of either supporting or denouncing our current President, so perhaps she's just trying to finish her last year in public office, with no more PR disasters like 5 star burgers or her infamous Peetza party!

Given her silence on the Roy Moore Candidate, is it fair to ask if she condones Child Predation?

Brian Fejer,

Albuquerque

Help!

Dear Editor,

Hey! I need help, it’s really urgent. Can u please write for me the review of serial “Treme” episode of ethnicity (S1, Ep.6: “Shallow Water, Oh Mama”). Its educational purpose? Let me know I shall be grateful. Waiting forward to get your reply.

Iram Rajpoot

via email

Film Editor’s Response:

Sorry, Iram. But we do not do requests. Write your own term paper.

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