UK’s death panel
EDITOR: To all those who support single-payer, government-run health care, look at what the British government did again -- determined when a baby would die rather than let his parents get him care in another country.
Alfie Evans had a rare disease that the British hospital could not cure. His parents wanted to take him to Italy for other possible treatments, at no cost to British taxpayers. The government -- a judge -- said no, and Alfie was taken off life support over the objections of his parents.
Alfie continued to breathe on his own and was then taken off food and water. His parents appealed the decision, and were again denied. Alfie died April 28, just shy of his second birthday. The parents only wanted to try and get the best chance for their son and were told no by a bureaucrat.
I remember Democrats mocking Sarah Palin when she talked about the Obamacare “death panels.” Well, folks, this is what a death panel looks like -- a government bureaucrat deciding who lives and who dies.
All you Bernie Sanders supporters who want his health care for all, pay attention to what happened to Alfie. ...
Michael Overton, Wilmington
One, true standard
EDITOR: The StarNews editorial board recently lamented our "divided" political discourse. Ironically, the previous day the editors published a lengthy Op/Ed column by Victor Davis Hanson, "The Double Standards of the Mueller Investigation," which did more to promote division than any other I've seen.
1. Charges against Michael Flynn show even the appearance of false testimony is charged. Fact: Flynn pled guilty to lying about cutting a deal with the Russian ambassador -- on U.S. sanctions -- before Trump had taken office. This is clearly illegal; one president at a time.
2. The Mueller team still looking into Russian collusion is unjust and requires equal investigations of Democrats. Fact: Mueller is an American patriot and Republican with no history of partisanship. The investigation has already uncovered 11 members of the Trump team who were in contact with the Russians during the campaign and most lied to cover it up. Several have pled guilty. Plus, the Trump Tower meeting with foreign agent.
3. The Steele dossier is a Democratic fabrication. Fact; previously reliable professional source, with many elements already verified.
Hanson’s conclusion: Mueller has found little on the Trump side, but should be investigating Hillary and the Democrats. Politics have "infected" the investigation, the FBI and DOJ are the law breakers, our country now has two standards of legality.
The truth is much simpler: No, we do not have two standards of truth and legality; that's why the Trump team is in so much trouble.
W.L. Nutt, Wilmington