Senior program is no longer free
AARP/United Health Care has notified holders of their plans will not receive free Silver Sneakers programs effective Jan. 1, 2018. AARP is the largest seniors organization and United the nation’s largest medical insurance provider.
Silver Sneakers provides regular group classes focusing on mental, physical and social enrichment by participants, primarily those in their 60s through 90s. This would force members to pay substantial fees for previously free service. AARP and United Health should be ashamed of ratcheting up the price for seniors trying to maintain maximum physical, mental and social lifestyles!
Robert R. Kurz Sr.,
Can’t be sheltered from history
How refreshing to have Leonard Pitts write in Sunday’s Star-Telegram: “Where did you get the idea that you should be sheltered from history? What made you think you had an expectation of being shielded from the truth? Who told you you had a right to never be made ill at ease?”
I seldom agree with Mr. Pitts, but certainly do here. Never mind that he was speaking of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and I’m thinking of reminders of the Confederacy. Same logic. We need not embrace history to remember and learn from it.
Lee Rogers, Fort Worth
Is Trump the villain, or is it Steve Bannon?
Much vitriol and hate is directed at President Trump. Given his rather bumbling style and overuse of Twitter, much of it is deserved.
However, there’s a much deeper threat. Puppet master Steve Bannon works behind the scenes and still has great influence. Now on the outside, Bannon gets to pull the strings of his marionette in dark and silence.
Is Trump a problem? Probably, but I fear there are much darker forces lurking.
Charles Andrews, M.D.,
Trump showed disrespect to widow of soldier
I am a retired naval officer with 23 years’ service. I am not at all offended by the sight of an athlete kneeling in silent protest during the national anthem at a sporting event. I served in part to protect the rights of all Americans to engage in peaceful protest.
There are things I find disrespectful to our flag, our country and our military. The sight of Confederate flags flying at NASCAR rallies during the national anthem is one.
Another is watching our president, who used five deferments to avoid service, show an astonishing level of disrespect toward Mrs. Myeshia Johnson, whose husband was killed in Niger. Turning the solemn rites of loss in the line of military duty into a squalid, race-tinged scandal is about as disrespectful toward our military as one can get.
Walter Slaven, Arlington
Stop all violence
Someone wrote in on how we should target “gun violence.” We should target violence, period.
If we outlawed all privately owned firearms, and everyone turned theirs in, we would still find a way to kill each other. Restricting guns just leaves more people defenseless.
Gary R. Swanzy,