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Honoring councilors

It comes as no surprise that cancel culture is targeting the memory of Boston City Councilors James Kelly and Dapper O’Neil, (“Battenfeld: Bridge named after conservative South Boston city councilor targeted by activists”, 12/3/2022).

Both Kelly and O’Neil were outspoken in telling the truth, eschewed political correctness and refused to pander to the grievance industry. They represented, with vigor, the beliefs and interests of their constituents.

They should be remembered, and honored, for their courage, independence and integrity.

C. J. Doyle,

Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
Boston

Support home  health

As a home health professional, I was disappointed to see that Medicare has finalized cuts to home health, totaling over $18 billion over the next decade. These cuts, which begin in 2023 with a cut of $635 million and increase to at least a billion dollars each year beginning in 2024, will severely harm the availability of home health services to our seniors.

Lawmakers are working to put the end-of-year legislative package together for passage in December. I hope our state’s lawmakers will support the inclusion of home health relief in this legislation.

I have seen firsthand how the clinically advanced, cost-effective care we provide helps the homebound members of our community. I hope our federal lawmakers will recognize the importance of home health and take action to protect access to care.

Mark Surprenant
Barre

Xander Bogaerts

The real people who are to blame for Xander Bogaerts leaving the Boston Red Sox for the San Diego Padres are the absentee owners John Henry and Tom Werner. They and Chaim Bloom, who still thinks he’s operating in Tampa Bay, lied to the Red Sox fans that Xander Bogaerts was their top priority. In four years time they refused to pony up and pay Mookie Betts and now Xander Bogaerts. If they are going to now lie to the fans that Rafael Devers is now their top priority  I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell. John Henry, do all Red Sox fans a big favor and sell the team because you obviously have other priorities than the Red Sox

Paul J. Baranofsky

Waltham

Climate change

Simply put, Rasheed Walters is promoting a false narrative. His op- ed excoriating Democrats for the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) begins by stating that US air pollution under President Trump was lower than other industrialized nations. Well, that’s great, but it has nothing to do with the aim of the IRA, which is to curb deadly greenhouse gas emissions to stop climate change. Moreover, Walters states that the IRA will only help China, which currently produces most of the world’s minerals needed to produce batteries. He conveniently ignores the fact that creating a domestic supply of those minerals is a key element of the IRA, which establishes tax credits to ensure that EV car batteries are produced domestically – and ethically – by increasing margins starting in 2024.

Walters lambastes Democrats for addressing the most important issue of our day and yet there is no other option, if we’re going to be able to continue to live on this planet.

Debora Hoffman

Belmont

 

 

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