MOVING EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM

 

LOCAL GROUP OFFERS SUPPORT

Earlier this week, the U.S. administration announced a plan to move the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, honoring a bipartisan commitment made over 20 years ago in the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

The U.S. administration also proclaimed its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville welcomes this decision.

At the same time, we appreciate that President Donald Trump has emphasized that the final status of Jerusalem along with other matters related to a future peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians can only be determined through direct negotiations between the two parties.

Alan Margolies,

executive director,

Jewish Federation of Jacksonville,

Jacksonville

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REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN

A BOON FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

The Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills.

Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax relief we’ve seen in three decades.

And small business owners like me — and the millions of employees who depend on us — couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present.

For years, our nation’s job creators have been inundated with high tax rates and complex filing costs.

Many small business owners are taxed at individual rates, which can reach 40 percent at the federal level.

Throw in state and local taxes, and these job creators are often left sending 50 percent of their income to Uncle Sam.

The Republican tax plan allows these small business owners to keep more of their hard-earned money, freeing up their resources for business expansion and job creation.

America is home to nearly 30 million small businesses, and they employ roughly 60 million workers.

That’s half of the U.S. workforce.

Tax cuts would encourage job creators to hire even more Americans.

When small business succeeds, we all succeed. Let’s ring in the New Year with pro-growth tax cuts.

Joseph Semprevivo, CEO,

Joseph’s Lite Cookies,

Sebastian

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CORRINE BROWN

TIRED OF THE EXCUSES

I am very tired of hearing that because former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is 71 years old, she is too old to go to jail.

Hogwash.

If you’re old enough to do the crime, then you’re old enough to do the time.

And Corrine Brown’s jail time should start immediately.

Thomas Vaughters, Fleming Island

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HEALTH CARE ISSUES

BLAME OBAMACARE

I read the Times-Union’s recent editorial on health care, and there’s one line in it that I did not understand at all.

The editorial stated that one “of the favorite health plans for Republicans involves high deductible health insurance plans.” Why did the editorial connect high deductibles to Republicans?

It is Obamacare that made high deductible plans our law!

Obamacare is like a shell game.

It creates more insurance coverage but less actual health care (partly because of high deductible plans).

Republicans are trying to correct what former President Barack Obama created by adding health saving accounts.

Bernadette Crawford, Orange Park

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BILL CLINTON’S BEHAVIOR

TRUMP IS JUST AS BAD

I’d like to respond to the recent letter writer who criticized former President Bill Clinton’s behavior while he was in office.

I am not defending Clinton’s behavior.

But I would like to remind the letter writer of the behavior of the man who’s now in the White House — President Donald Trump.

Trump has openly bragged about his sexual conquests. And he’s even been recorded boasting about them.

Trump can deny his behavior all he wants.

But his name should be added to the ever-growing list of men who are being fired or suspended from jobs because of their shameful behavior.

Our president has been no better — if not worse — in comparison to others.

Evelyn Peck, Jacksonville