An existing problem

EDITOR: The one feature of “Obamacare” that is touted by its advocates is that no one can be excluded or required to pay a higher premium for a pre-existing condition. The federal government designed Medicare to not pay all expenses, and then designed a number of “medicare-supplement” programs.

There are several different coverages, but they can and do exclude pre-existing conditions. How could our government in good conscience tell insurers under “Obamacare” that there can be no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, yet allow it under the medicare supplement programs?

Jonathan Alexander, Wilmington

Trump treated unfairly

EDITOR: I have lived through several presidents prior to President Trump. I have never seen nor heard of a president scrutinized over every word he speaks, humiliated by the public to the point of disgrace. He has been slandered, ridiculed, insulted, lied about, threatened with death. Our first lady has been disrespected and President Trump‘s children insulted and humiliated.

I am truly ashamed of the people of my country who have said and done these things. I am ashamed of the ruthless, cruel, Trump-haters who display themselves as having no pride, morals, ethics nor values in our country's traditions.

Our elders taught us to respect our country and our presidents, whether we voted for them or not. All of the news stations, reporters and comedians who feel they have the right to carry on with blatant lies and say the things they do for a story or their five seconds of fame should be ashamed.

No other President, before the election or after taking the oath of office, has been on the news 24/7, scrutinized and criticized by their every word, always being pressured to do this or that and never given the time to take care of the important work this country really needs.

I know he is not perfect, very different than what we've become accustomed to, but enough is enough. Leave the man alone and let him do his job.

I want President Trump to succeed and make America greater than it has ever been.

Perry Barwick, Carolina Beach

The liberal inciters

EDITOR: Regarding the column by Richard Ashby Wilson, “Inciter-in-Chief” (Nov. 4 Insight):

Perhaps Mr. Wilson should have read the column by Mark Thiessen, “Descent into vitriol started long before Trump” (Nov. 1 Opinion).

Mr. Wilson seems to lay blame for everything with the exception of the two recent hurricanes on the president. Funny, there was no mention of Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert de Niro, Joy Behar, Rosie O’Donnell or other celebrities who have launched profanity-laced tirades against the president. Let’s not also forget Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables”; Joe Biden: Trump supporters are “dregs of society”; Antifa; Maxine Waters; and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has not only been spewing hatred for many years, but was recently in Tehran joining “Death to America” chants.

Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Jay Middleton, Oak Island Beach

Media ignores term limits

EDITOR: The Midterm Elections, hyped as the most important elections ever, are over. As predicted, the Democrats took back the House and the Republicans hung on to the Senate. Experts anticipate no changes to our economy or the stock market. Gridlock will prevail with the President resorting to Executive Orders, as his predecessor, for any policies that he wants to put in action.

Will these elections solve any of our pressing problems like gun violence (another mass shooting today with plenty more to come), drug abuse, health care costs (without reducing the costs we will never solve our health care problems), budget deficits (interest on our debt was $475 billion in 2017 and will go up significantly with all the interest rate increases)? Not a chance!

Sadly, the one issue, term limits, which practically everybody is screaming for, didn’t even come up. It’s understandable that the politicians won’t talk about it, but why does the media ignore it?

Bert Kuthe, Ocean Isle Beach