Conservatism works

You can feel it happening, can’t you? It’s like the beginning of an enormous wave building up to great heights.

We are reclaiming our inalienable, divinely-endowed rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are witnessing the first full year of the Trump presidency, a ramping up of vigorous, full-bodied conservatism in action.

The Trump policies are not random, they are philosophically coherent and deliberate. On Jan. 22, the New York Times said, “The Trump administration has pursued policies that have hewed remarkably close to the recommendations of a leading conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, which found in a new review that nearly two-thirds of its ideas had been carried out or embraced by the White House in the past year.”

The results have exceeded even the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, so says Heritage.

The tax cut bill that was signed into law by Trump Dec. 22 has brought our economy roaring back to life after eight years of falling asleep.

The impact was so strong with the stock market that it had to make a correction and come back to reality. It is now in line with what has taken place but the upward turn will continue. Higher paychecks showing the Trump tax cuts are in people’s hands now, and we are about to experience a never ending stream of great economic news and improving lifestyles for most Americans.

Conservatism works every time it’s tried.

Clayton Dalrymple

Gold Beach

Vet gun buyers

All you need is a car, truck, bus or van, a crowd of people and a driver willing to kill. A terrorist killed 84 people when he smashed his truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in France. A killer rammed his car into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

An anti-Muslim fanatic killed one person and injured 11 when he rammed a vehicle into a group of Muslims who were celebrating Ramadan in North London.

Mohammed Taheri-Azar injured nine people when he drove a Jeep into a crowd of pedestrians, wounding 14, before getting out and stabbing several of them with a butcher knife.

A motorist in a rented truck killed eight and injured a dozen others after barreling down a bike path in lower Manhattan.

Let me remind you liberals (Brookings and Harbor) this is not the time to blame Republicans or the NRA or bring politics into this sad situation.

Americans need to pull together and create laws that properly vet gun buyers, not ban them. Trump will do that.

If guns were banned, we would be just every other country…at the mercy of ISIS and others.

It is our Second Amendment (non-negotiable) right to bear arms.

Evil people will always find a way to kill, with or without guns.

Kimberly Tyson


Fixing costs

By now, most locals have heard concerns about Sutter Coast’s high prices and the hospital’s lack of transparency, specifically its history of administrators and the board of directors refusing to provide information requests from residents and county officials.

It turns out SCH isn’t the only Sutter Health affiliate to be called out for both.

Currently, there is a lawsuit in San Francisco where a grocery workers benefits provider is suing Sutter Health for its high prices and abuse of market power.

Last November, Sutter Health executives admitted to destroying 192 boxes of evidence in the case that Sutter’s lawyers called a mistake. The judge called it Sutter’s misconduct.

While SCH doesn’t have any pending litigation, it does have a huge market share in Del Norte and Southern Curry counties (translation: it’s the only game in town). That means they can (and do) set their prices at whatever they want without regard for rising healthcare costs to our communities.

To watch a CBS News video and read numerous online articles on the topic, search: Sutter Health Destruction of Evidence.

Roxie Hazard

Smith River

F = T Δ S τ

In a letter to the Pilot on Feb. 17, Dr. Steve Johnson argues that intelligent design should be taught in science classes.

They don’t teach math in English class, nor art in physical education. They don’t teach intelligent design in science class because it is not science. It is religion, philosophy or metaphysics.

Personally, I would argue that concepts of intelligence and evolution are actually the same thing, but I recognize my thought falls to the fields of metaphysics or philosophy, not science.

To use 1 of 10 to the 33,000th power is meaningless. It does not consider the entire environment, only some vague idea of randomness. Finally, it is just a big number and offers proof of nothing. It smacks of Russell’s Teapot — the notion that a teapot is orbiting around the sun between Mars and Earth. We know it’s there because it cannot be disproved. These are the kind of pitfalls that modern thinkers know to avoid.

Modern thought is now using the equation set by Alex-Wissner-Gross, F = T Δ S τ , which suggests that intelligence might be inherent to any given system as an entropic force. Other reading would include Ray Kurzweil and Ben Goertzel, both modern thinkers on the concepts of intelligence.

Dan Roger Sherman