IS IT REALLY “EXCELLENT”?
Recently President Donald Trump got an “excellent” review of his health from the White House doctor.
Was this to reassure the public that Trump’s health is not at risk?
In fact, Trump’s health is at risk.
He is overweight, bordering on obesity.
He has a cholesterol problem — and he is on medication for it.
He has poor eating habits.
And he is at risk for a heart attack, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
With 60 percent of the U.S. population facing similar health risks, Trump’s exam was an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of taking the proper prevention steps that we hope Trump himself will now follow.
The bottom line is simple:
• Focus on proper nutrition.
• Get an adequate amount of exercise.
• Maintain a positive attitude.
Howard N. Rose, physician,
Ponte Vedra Beach
WE MUST HAVE LIMITS
I agree with columnist Ann Coulter’s recent piece headlined “What exactly do we owe immigrants?”
I think most would agree that we have never had a shortage of immigrants.
We are a wealthy country.
We have a beautiful country.
Our freedom and our rule of law have been our greatest assets.
It bothers me when I hear the special interest groups use the Statue of Liberty as a reason to accept all foreigners. They crow that the phrase “Give me your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free” is chiseled on the statue’s base.
Sorry, it is not chiseled on the base.
And it never was.
It is on a small plaque that was placed in a room under the statue.
And the phrase does not mean our country is giving people the liberty to walk over our border — or overstay a visa — and then expect our government to support them and eventually make them citizens.
Marje Evers, Ponte Vedra Beach
RUSSIA AS GEOPOLITICAL THREAT
WHO COULD HAVE KNOWN?
Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a former Marine general, must be wrong.
Mattis recently said that the military ambitions of Russia and China make them our top military priorities, even more than terrorism.
How can that be?
After all, wasn’t 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney mocked by then-President Barack Obama and the media for calling Russia our biggest geopolitical threat?
The legacy of Obama’s second term continues to be wonderful in so many ways!
And why did all those silly people elect Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton for president? After all, what does someone like Mattis — hired by Trump to lead our defense — know anyway?
Rob Richardson, Jacksonville Beach
FLORIDA’S FIRST RESPONDERS
LET’S APPRECIATE THEIR WORK
First Responder Appreciation Week — which is Jan. 22 to Jan. 26 — is a special time when we Floridians recognize law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who help keep us safe.
This past year, first responders went above and beyond not only on a daily basis, but also during Hurricane Irma (one of the most powerful hurricanes we have seen in years).
They worked tirelessly to prepare residents for the approaching storm, and to provide assistance both during and after it hit our state.
They helped evacuate high-risk areas, conducted search and rescue efforts, provided security and cleared routes so that people could return to their homes.
They also supported communities with food, water and other aid for those in need.
Motorola Solutions’ Florida employees thank the many men and women across the state who have provided this selfless support.
Hurricane Irma is only one of the many examples of their tireless dedication to protecting lives and helping communities.
We are grateful for everything they do.
corporate vice president,
Motorola Solutions, Plantation
TRUMP’S FIRST YEAR
HOT AIR AND BALONEY
As President Donald Trump boasts about his “achievements” during his one-year anniversary, let’s look at the facts:
• Trump’s proposed border wall has gone nowhere. According to a recent article in The Florida Times-Union, it will take 10 years to repair, replace and build the additional 300 miles of wall that the president wants to erect.
• Many of the presidential actions taken by Trump can be overturned by a new administration on its first day in office.
• Trump’s approval of oil exploration in Alaska and offshore drilling along our coasts is being challenged in the courts of every coastal state; both environmental groups and American Indian tribes have sued.
• The federal Environmental Protection Agency is facing all kinds of lawsuits over its effort to roll back regulations (which it is trying to do under orders from Trump).
• Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban” has been overturned by the courts three times — and it’s still not in place.
For the most part, Trump’s boasts about being the greatest first-year president in our country’s history are pretty much hot air.
So much hot air, in fact, that it might be able to heat millions of homes during this coldest winter in years.
Rick Mansfield, Ponte Vedra Beach