Support for restaurant in Flagler park

After reading about the small, vocal group of people who are protesting against the already approved lease agreement between Captain’s BBQ and Flagler County (Dec. 4, “Flagler rethinks lease for eatery at park”), I wanted to show my support for this wonderful, top-rated local BBQ restaurant’s expansion plans at Bing’s Landing.

[READ:Flagler rethinks restaurant lease; will weigh firing county administrator]

I know there are many others who, like me, are excited about the planned expansion. The new restaurant will not take anything away from the county park’s beauty or access to those who enjoy going there. I for one cannot wait for the new restaurant!

Dave Gray, Palm Coast

Thoughts on Captain’s

I’ve been to Captain’s BBQ many times. Was there just last week. Place is an asset to the area. Clean, food is lunchy and competently served. You even get your name announced on a speaker.

[READ: Residents vow to fight restaurant expansion at Flagler County park]

Outside there is evidence to me of repair on the building. Seems to me that an able engineer and a good construction company could right what is wrong with the structure. Maybe even find a place for a small bar.

The park was busy on a cool, breezy day. The trees that dominate are mature and magnificent. To remove them would be a bloody shame. Even for a Bloody Mary!

Sal Rapisarda, Palm Coast

Don’t stifle speech

President Trump should come to the realization that he, and he alone, creates the bulk of the news he considers negative. Doesn’t it follow, then , that if most news about him from all sources is negative, a search result is going to yield mostly negative news? Maybe he should also come to the realization that most of America does not like him, for myriad reasons. Remember,he lost the popular vote in the election by over 3 million votes. His popularity ratings are pitiful.

Maybe he should also realize that he simply cannot thwart the news or any social media outlet, search engine or feed from exercising its First Amendment rights to publish any information, positive or negative, from a left, center, or right view.

That he would even ponder regulating free speech suggests he is a tyrant. Maybe he should realize that he belongs anywhere but in the U.S., where we respect the rights of our media to freely speak for or against the government.

Dan Amedick, Daytona Beach

Healthcare facts

The Nov. 24 letter “Facts are facts” was incorrect with facts regarding Medicare For All saving $2 trillion over 10 years.

The study wasn’t sponsored by the Koch brothers. “The Costs of a National Single-Payer Healthcare System” was published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The center gets some of its funding from the Koch brothers. The author of the paper cited is Charles Blahous. According to the paper, even doubling all “currently projected federal individual and corporate income tax collections would be insufficient to finance the added federal costs of the plan.”

Blahous wrote, “It is likely that the actual cost of the (Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plan) would be substantially greater than these estimates, which assume significant administrative and drug cost savings under the plan, and also assume that healthcare providers … will be reimbursed at rates more than 40 percent lower than those currently paid.”

We’re already seeing thousands of doctors retiring early or changing careers because of the current low reimbursement, and premiums continue to rise. To what country do the ill come for the best medical care in the world? Why do Canadians come south when they can’t wait four to six months for urgent medical care?

It would be hard to name one Federal program that hasn’t ended up costing extremely more than promised. I and millions of Americans are still waiting for that $2,500 annual savings of Obamacare and “you can keep your doctor” and “keep your (insurance) plan.”

Russell Bizette, Port Orange