Forcing our congressional ‘babies’ to grow up, get to work

For years, Congress itself has openly stated that “Washington is broken.” But each one who states it tries to posture his comments so that it does not apply to him/her.  I think it’s way past time to let them know that the “broken pieces” are shared by all in Congress, equally. 

The current Congressional stalemate now deals with the seven-country access ban that President Trump has signed.  What Congress fails to face is the fact that our entire immigration problem exists because Congress continues to refuse to do their job.  They choose “finger pointing” instead of problem-solving. 


Their “entrenchment” in their beliefs and steadfast resistance to consider any other thoughts is simply disgusting. We have 535 elected officials who cannot act like adults. I have a thought about what might make them grow up.  It might not be legal, but I’d suggest it be considered until proven otherwise. 

Each member of Congress would randomly be assigned a refugee family that would live with them, or on their property, for one year. They would be responsible for feeding, clothing and educating them for that year. Kind of like “walking the walk.”  Living more like the average American, exposed to the same things we are, might be an enlightening exercise. I know I’m probably dreaming, but I don’t know of any other way to re-teach 535 wayward children!

From Tom Tyschper, Gilbert, Ariz.

President Trump, please support men’s healthcare

The unfortunate news that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has been diagnosed with prostate cancer highlights America’s gender gaps in healthcare provision and the need for funding changes (“Minnesota gov. diagnosed with prostate cancer,” 1/24/17).

While in the federal bureaucracy there are a multitude of offices of women’s health, there are zero offices of men’s health. Further, even though the morbidity and mortality rates for the mostly gender-specific breast and prostate cancers are similar, funding for breast cancer research far outstrips that for prostate cancer.

Mr. President, to attenuate these gender disparities in healthcare, I urge you to immediately establish an Office for Men’s Health and sharply increase funding for prostate cancer research.

From Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D., Miami


Trump: Delay Labor Department fiduciary rule for consumers’ sake

The annuity industry is working hard to comply with the Department of Labor fiduciary rule by April 10, but there are still hundreds of questions the DOL has yet to answer. The first DOL FAQ issued last October created even more questions and didn’t address substantially more. The DOL even acknowledged these problems by stating in the FAQ they would delay of the execution of a Best Interest Contract until January 2018.

I agree with the best interest standard, but there are so many problems with this rule’s requirements that, left unfixed, will leave consumers with fewer retirement savings choices and retirement savings advisors. 

The DOL created the rule without a clear understanding of the annuity marketplace, and consumers will be more confused than ever unless we clean up the requirements of this rule. 

Notify the administration and state your support of the delay so we can make this rule work for consumers.

From Norris Tingle Jr., Rosedale, Md.