Letters From the January 25/February 1, 2021, Issue

Better to tax

The problem outlined by Tim Schwab in “Playing Games With Public Health Data” [Dec. 14/21, 2020] To make matters worse, research in general, and global health in particular, depends heavily on private philanthropists like Bill Gates. Regardless of his motivation and sincerity, it would be better if Gates’ $ 40 billion that he spends on health care was stolen from him as an income tax and a wealth tax. It could then be managed with the same or better efficiency by the relevant government and international agencies.
David Gurarie

Nuclear options

Regarding Maria Margaronis’ article about Martha Hennessy being sentenced to prison for participating in a disarmament operation at a nuclear facility [“Free the Plowshares 7!,” Dec. 14/21, 2020]It is not right to send this woman to jail. As someone who has spent 20 out of 30 years in the nuclear electricity supply business, I disagree with your group’s position on nuclear energy (it can be an important alternative to fossil fuels if done right) but I think I’m trying Getting rid of the world Nuclear weapons are an important goal.
William Flynn

Power gridlock

Ed Morales’ article “The Privatization of Puerto Rico” in the 14/21 issue. December featured many of the talking points of the island’s People’s Democratic Party. This is the party that supports more than 3 million US citizens being discriminated against by the federal government. In addition, the Puerto Rico Electricity Authority acts as a public monopoly encumbered with political patronage, lax financial accounting, unresponsive customer service, and outdated management.
Gene Roman
New York City

A sick system

In “Too Big to Heal” Susie Cagle sheds light on the problem of consolidation in the US health system [Dec. 14/21, 2020]. That consolidation began under Ronald Reagan, whose administration ignored antitrust laws and appointed judges to advocate corporate interests. The result has been a consolidation in every industry, increasing costs for consumers and lowering wages for workers.
Bruce Stenman

The advanced future

Jonathan Smucker answers no in the article “Debate” “Should the Left Form an American Labor Party?” [Dec. 14/21, 2020]. Smucker says that only the slavery crisis resulted in the creation of a successful third party. The current pandemic and looming depression that is destroying small businesses and leading to hunger and homelessness is certainly a crisis of this magnitude. The 2016 and 2020 Bernie Sanders campaigns were an experimental test of whether progressive Democrats could take over the party. The results definitely show they can’t.
Caleb Melamed


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