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CWOW Letters, 5

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Greeting cards reproducing Iced Water at the Café Rouge by Suzann Thompson

I sent these notes on March 12, 2017.

Dear Mr. President,

I read that you told an Israeli newspaper that settlements “don’t help the process” of negotiating lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinian people. I am so glad someone finally pointed this out! Thank you!

Then, in a press conference, I heard you tell Mr. Netanyahu that you would like to see him hold back on settlements for a little bit. He looked surprised, but he needed to hear this.

All religious labels aside, those settlements represent a straightforward case of international bullying. It is pretty much drawing a line in the sand and saying, “Okay, like this is our side and that is the Palestinian side. Oh, and by the way Palestinians, we’re going to be building some apartments on your side and we’re gonna live there. But like, you are not allowed to come over to our side.”

What?! Like you said, this is not helping the peace process.

So please, please hold firm on this point.

Sincerely,
ST

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Dear Senator Cruz/Cornyn, Rep. Conaway,

Please protect and fund the Environmental Protection Agency. [for Rep. Conway, Please vote AGAINST H. R. 861, which seeks to dissolve the Environmental Protection Agency.]

As you know, some people in our country wish to line their own pockets at any cost, including our health and the cleanliness of our environment. The EPA stands in their way, preserving our (mostly) clean water and air, among other benefits.

I want the continued protection of the EPA for myself, my family, and our fellow citizens.

ST

CWOW Letters, Week 4-ish

Friday, March 24th, 2017

I missed a week in my Cold Water on Washington letter-writing campaign. It wasn’t for lack of material, believe me! I’m back to the grindstone, with these notes written on March 7, 2017:

Dear Mr. President,

Many people have asked or demanded that you release your tax returns. I know you don’t want to do it, but Mr. President, you should.

You are proud of your success in business, and your tax returns are simply one type of record of your business acumen.

Okay, maybe you think something in your tax returns will be unflattering to you. Well, own it! Even fantastic businessmen have their low points, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Besides I’m afraid the longer you wait, the more people will begin to believe that you are afraid of what your tax returns reveal about you. But you are the president now, and you must step up and take responsibility for your tax returns and whatever may result from their release.

Surely you are not afraid to release your tax returns. Are you, Mr. President?

Sincerely,

ST

The Senate created its own Joint Resolution to roll back protection of certain wildlife on wildlife refuges. So I wrote about this issue again, to cover the SJ Res 18. Again, you can look up this bill and more at www.congress.gov.

Dear Senator Cornyn/Cruz,

Please vote against SJ Res 18.

National wildlife refuges exist to preserve the natural diversity of wildlife in certain areas. Natural diversity includes predators and predator/prey relationships. Allowing hunters to kill predators, particularly when they are raising young, skews the natural balance of wildlife on these refuges.

I add that the methods used to hunt bears in particular, like picking them off at a bait station or airborne hunting are extremely unsportsmanlike.

Your disapproval of the rule mentioned in SJ Res 18 benefits a very, very small percentage of U. S. citizens.

Frankly, you have more pressing issues to attend to.

Sincerely,
ST

The House of Representatives unveiled their health care bill, H. R. 370, which we know now will not even come to a vote. I will be writing a lot more about healthcare in these United States.

Dear Representative Conaway,

FUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD!

Sincerely,
ST

Iced Water at the Café Rouge note cards

CWOW Letters, Week 3

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

detail of Iced Water at the Café Rouge by Suzann Thompson

Written on February 18, 2017:

Dear Mr. President,

This note is in regard to your comments about the retailer Nordstrom. Would you as a businessman, drop an account if you disagreed with the policies of the management of the company or their families? Of course you would!

I fear your reaction to Nordstrom’s dropping your daughter’s product line will be seen as what we call “projection.” That means you think they cut her products because they don’t like your policies, since that’s exactly what you would do.

People can learn a lot about you by your reactions to events like the Nordstrom decision. Particularly these days, a lot of readers and viewers assume that oddly bad over-reactions are a result of projection. So if a person wants to be inscrutable or to mask some of his or her more unpleasant character traits, restraint is the best policy.

That’s all for this week.

ST

My Senators and Congressman received postcards this time about legislation that would roll back a policy by the Fish and Wildlife Administration to preserve natural diversity in national wildlife refuges by stopping culls of predators.

The explanation of this rule was that natural diversity among wildlife includes predators. By killing predators in specific, humans skew the natural predator/prey relationship. Emphasis on ‘natural.’ And remember this applies to wildlife refuges. Emphasis on ‘refuge.’

I can’t see the benefit of disapproving this rule, and I think the House and Senate are doing this pretty much because the rule was instituted during the Obama administration.

You can look up bills currently active in Congress at https://www.congress.gov.

Dear Senator Cruz/Cornyn,

Please vote AGAINST HJ Res 69!

HJ Res 69 is a cruel and mean-spirited attack on our nation’s wildlife in places that were set aside specifically to preserve it. Wildlife is part of our amazing natural heritage. Please protect it!

Ask yourself, sir, whether you really want to be responsible for killing creatures, already struggling for survival, for the fun of a few people. I sincerely hope your answer is no.

ST

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Dear Representative Conway,

Please vote AGAINST HR 424 and HR 717!

Our nation’s wildlife is a huge part of our natural heritage. Please protect it!
Humans are very resourceful, and we can continue to prosper and survive AND preserve our natural national treasures. Those treasures include wildlife and their habitats.

ST

CWOW Letters 2

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

detail of Iced Water at the Café Rouge by Suzann Thompson

My letter-writing campaign, Cold Water on Washington, entered its second week, with these notes dated 2/11/17:

Dear Mr. President,

On January 11, 2017, you gave a speech in which you said you would work toward “insurance for everybody.” Great idea! I love it!

If my family didn’t have to pay $1,785 a month for mediocre health coverage, we’d be pleased to put some of that toward taxes to pay for a national health system.

Speaking of a national health system, we lived on the economy in England for seven years, and used their National Health System. It was really good. The United States should learn from England about how to set up a national health system. We might even be able to do better, because we’re Americans, you know.

You also said you want to force drug companies to negotiate drug prices with Medicare and Medicaid. Another great idea! I don’t know why we ever quit doing that in the first place.

But then you fussed and quibbled about how many people showed up to your inauguration. That’s baby stuff. Makes you look bad. Don’t do it again.
That’s all for now.

ST

To Senators Cornyn and Cruz and U S Representative Conway (wording varied slightly among the notes)

Dear…

Please vote AGAINST any legislation that weakens or privatizes Medicare.

[SPECIAL FOR SEN CORNYN—Please withdraw any resolution or legislation you have introduced that weakens or privatizes Medicare. And then vote AGAINST similar efforts.]

Why? Many of the people who depend on Medicare are not easily able to negotiate the complex and confusing world of health insurance. If my mother were to die, my elderly father couldn’t work out the best insurance policy for himself. Many elderly people are in the same position, and they don’t necessarily have daughters or sons nearby to help, like my parents do.

Secondly, if you are truthful sir, even you must admit that health insurance providers have little interest in our good health. Instead, they are focused almost exclusively on enriching themselves and paying their officers stunningly large bonuses.

Sincerely,

ST

PS This note has been paid for…by me, a concerned citizen and your constituent.

Cold Water on Washington

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Iced Water at the Café Rouge by Suzann Thompson

Finally, a purpose for my many Iced Water at the Café Rouge greeting cards! I’m using them to write to the President and my representatives in Congress. I think of it as throwing Cold Water on Washington, because I like silly titles, and it makes a good acronym: CWOW. C-WOW!

These letters are about general topics, not urgent ones. My friend Alissa told me that letters in envelopes are delayed because of security checks for powdered substances. I’m going to follow her advice and buy postcards to send any time-sensitive messages.

Since my letters probably won’t be read by the people to whom they are addressed, I’m posting them here for everyone else to read. Enjoy!

These notes were dated February 4.

Mr. President,

Regarding your conversation with Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia, unnamed sources allegedly offered “fatigue” as an explanation for your rudeness. Just in case this is true, I’m going to tell you what I have often told my children: tiredness is no excuse for bad behavior. But you’re not a child, so really, you have absolutely no valid excuses for bad behavior.

When you find you have acted rudely or badly, own it. Do not expect others to make excuses for you. Apologize. Do better in the future.

That’s all for now.
ST

I wrote notes with slightly different wording, depending on the circumstances, to Senators Cornyn and Cruz and US Representative Conway. Here is the basic idea:

Dear Senator/Representative,

Now that you have begun the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, I would like to suggest that you replace it with a national healthcare system like the one in England.

My family used the National Health System when we lived in England for seven years. It is very good. No matter how tight our finances were, we knew we could get medical care. This prevents many medical problems from progressing to a point where heroic and expensive intervention is needed.

Nowadays, for our family of four, we pay $1,785 per month for mediocre health insurance. Our deductible is $6,500. I would be pleased to stop paying this exorbitant rate, and put some of it toward higher taxes to pay for a national healthcare system.

That’s all for now.
ST

PS Please hire more staffers to answer your phones, or get a voicemail box with more memory.

Iced Water at the Café Rouge by Suzann Thompson