Trumpcare

President Trump promised us a replacement for Obamacare that would be “a lot less expensive” and would “take care of everybody.” Among a litany of other “reforms” that belie his words, however, Trumpcare gives hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthiest people in the country while simultaneously cutting hundreds of billions from programs that benefit the poorest Americans.

This is obscene, something that should concern us all and which is literally a life-or-death issue for thousands of citizens. Once again, Trump has proven himself to be a liar or incompetent or utterly unconcerned with the desires of anyone except the elite. Or all three, which is my considered opinion.

Byron Ward

Spring Valley Lake

Yes on Measure F

We moved to Apple Valley Dec. 9, 1977 — 40 years ago.

Our Apple Valley Ranchos Water Bill was $15 PER YEAR.

It then went to $15 per quarter, then water meters were installed.

Water bills were reasonable. A few years later new meters were installed and our water bill doubled in the next billing cycle. In the year of 2007 our per unit cost (CCU or 750 gallons) was $1.51.

Today our tier one cost is $4.03, tier two is $4.68.

Spring Valley Lake’s Service Area by San Bernardino Special Districts Water and Sanitation charges 85 cents for tier one and 95 cents tier two for water. City of Hesperia water charges 90 cents for tier one and $1.55 for tier two.

We have been here 40 years; Spring Valley Lake was just being developed when we moved here. The water lines and infrastructure have been done for years. Yes there are ongoing repairs and upgrades but all the other cities have the same costs and maintain reasonable water costs.

Why the big difference in cost? This does not make sense.

In regards to Liberty Utilities' claim that our water bills will go up $500 per year, they never tell you about the 51 percent profit they make on us. The Town of Apple Valley will not make a profit but use that to repay the debt.

There will NOT be three surcharges, no CARW surcharge, and no Public Utilities surcharge IF the Town of Apple Valley takes over the water company.

These charges are not on Spring Valley Lake bills.

The Town of Apple Valley said the water bills will go down. I am not concerned so much about them going down but to stop the 10 percent-per-year increases annually. In 10 years that would make the per unit cost about $9.48 or over double if we stay with Liberty Utilities.

People buy solar panels to stop future increases in electric bills. We must pass Measure F so we can stop the future increases in our water bills.

Vote YES on Measure F!

Dennis and Donna Blasko

Apple Valley

Today's letters

I was sorely disappointed today at one of the anti-Republican letters you printed. I have been a Republican all my voting life, just like my Dad. To stand hours in the rain to view President Nixon's coffin, to stand 12 hours through the night to bid President Reagan goodbye, I wept as I viewed his coffin. The greatest President this country has ever known.

I didn't like that letter you printed today. The Fox channel, with Bill O'Reilly, was the only decent news channel on television, in my estimation. My husband Warren is a Republican also.

Doris Elaine Gill

Phelan

GOP healthcare plan 

In a statement submitted to the Daily Press (May 4), Rep. Paul Cook asserts that the GOP healthcare plan maintains “protections such as preventing insurers from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions.” This assertion is misleading. The GOP plan says insurers are not permitted “to limit access to health coverage” for individuals with pre-existing conditions. However, as the American Medical Association points out, the GOP plan does not protect access to affordable coverage for these individuals.

Under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), insurers are required to charge the same price for coverage regardless of health status, a provision known as community rating. The rule protects people with pre-existing conditions from paying exorbitant premiums. The GOP plan will remove that protection by allowing states to waive out of the community rating provision. This means that insurers can again consider pre-existing conditions to determine premiums. The Kaiser Family Foundation warns that the waiver will lead to higher premiums for people if they must buy insurance in the individual market.

Rep. Cook’s statement claims that the GOP healthcare plan will “guarantee that coverage remains affordable.” This is a questionable claim. In the GOP plan, states with waivers will be required to set up programs such as high-risk pools and/or insurance subsidies for people with pre-existing conditions who rely on individual markets for coverage. The GOP plan allocates up to $138 billion over 10 years (approximately $1.4 billion per year) for these programs. According to the Center for American Progress, this amount would subsidize about 700,000 people annually in high-risk pools. However, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that there are 5-10 million individuals with pre-existing conditions who receive insurance through individual markets. The GOP plan’s proponents do not address the obvious funding gap nor do they explain what will happen to the millions of people with pre-existing conditions who cannot receive financial assistance through high-risk pools or insurance subsidies.

Rep. Cook contends that the GOP plan gives Americans the freedom to “choose the plan that works best for them.” Unfortunately, under the GOP plan, too many people with pre-existing conditions will be left with only two choices: unaffordable healthcare coverage or no coverage.

Margaret Valentine

Hesperia

More spending for schools, care

I guess since the gas tax was signed into law, Gov. Jerry Brown can divert more money into schools and care. Not saying they can't use it, but like the saying goes, you got it, spend it. He admitted state spending already has increased significantly. An excuse given for budget shortfalls? "Tax collections have slowed...Revenue in April - the most important month for tax collections because of the deadline for filing personal income taxes — fell far short of expectations."

Hello! That's because retirees and moderate-to-high wage earners are leaving the state! Surprise!

Terri Westergren

Apple Valley

More nostalgia please

Especial thanks to the Phelan writer May 9 for "True story," nostalgic of our own young, busy lives as rockhounds in this beautiful High Desert. As I suggested in an earlier posting, let's have more such letters addressing matters beside politics and religion.

As a single kid I had located and explored the Rio Tinto Mine at Borax. Then hitched up in our 40s, Better Half and I once more went searching, couldn't find it, Alas.

Dale Hileman

Apple Valley