Opinion | A Performance Review for President Biden


To the Editor:

Re “Why So Many People Are So Down on Biden,” by Bret Stephens (column, Sept. 6):

Certain, the president is outdated, however, boy, has the nation improved.

Morality and tolerance for others has returned on the highest ranges of presidency. Respect for America on the earth has returned. Foundations for the nation’s future have been established (Inflation Discount Act, Chips Act, and so forth.). And the fundamental financial method has flipped from ineffective Reaganomics to very efficient Bidenomics.

C’mon, neglect an occasional stumble, or lower than polished speech — it’s motion and management that must be famous, and applauded.

Tim Neale
Amherst, Mass.

To the Editor:

All issues thought-about, I consider that Joe Biden has finished a unbelievable job as president. Besides in his most necessary position: He isn’t an inspiring communicator. And that’s the No. 1 requirement of excellent management.

He’s a supervisor. Not a frontrunner. And since we venture our nationwide identification onto our president, he doesn’t sate our want for a strong, optimistic chief.

He has served us effectively. However he must go the torch to the subsequent technology. My very own alternative: Pete Buttigieg.

Carol Weiss
Bradenton, Fla.

To the Editor:

Bret Stephens makes a number of cheap factors about President Biden’s recognition points. However he fails to say the obvious cause for his low ballot numbers: the relentless, regular drip of innuendo and mendacity and manipulation by Fox Information and the numerous right-wing radio exhibits.

The dismantling of the Equity Doctrine and the rise of all these exhibits have modified the political panorama … and never for the higher.

Walter Kennedy
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Re “Biden Struggles to Sway Voters on the Financial system” (information article, Sept. 3):

President Biden is our best president since Lyndon Johnson. He has handed main laws to save lots of us from the ravages of Covid, to construct the nation’s infrastructure and chips know-how, to assault local weather change and to permit negotiations to cut back the price of pharmaceuticals.

Below Mr. Biden’s sturdy management, the economic system is functioning extraordinarily effectively. Unemployment is at or close to file lows in lots of states, and wage progress has been spectacular. Within the final yr, inflation has shrunk dramatically.

Nonetheless, the general public shouldn’t be satisfied of Mr. Biden’s financial stewardship. We face extremely divisive and unsure instances, and People desperately search reassurance that their lives might be improved. Below these situations, the phrase Bidenomics doesn’t resonate.

A slogan like “Investing in You” can be extremely efficient. It creates a way of hope. Investments take time to repay, which acknowledges that the economic system remains to be not excellent. It’s a private message that expresses the president’s concern for the welfare of each American.

“Investing in You” means alternative and a brighter future for each American.

Ken Hargis
Los Altos, Calif.

To the Editor:

Re “U.S. Names Medication Chosen to Face Worth Bargaining” (entrance web page, Aug. 30):

It’s nothing in need of shameful that six giant pharmaceutical corporations are suing the Biden administration to dam the brand new prescription drug value negotiation program.

The business continues to be among the many most worthwhile yr after yr and deserves credit score for delivering some spectacular merchandise, together with the coronavirus vaccines. Nevertheless it’s previous time that the costs of some prescription medicines grow to be topic to stricter authorities oversight, particularly since Medicare and Medicaid are accountable for about 45 % of nationwide spending on pharmaceuticals annually.

The Biden administration’s program is a measured experiment, initially encompassing a small variety of medication that meet sure standards (equivalent to lack of competitors).

Trade claims that this system will undercut drug analysis and improvement are fully bogus, in response to quite a few skilled analyses. It’s additionally inaccurate to say this system imposes “value controls” on the business. The brand new program’s impression might be fastidiously assessed over the subsequent 5 years.

People have lengthy paid the very best prescription drug costs on the earth, and the U.S. has been, till now, one of many solely developed nations that didn’t have a program in place to ensure medicines are inexpensive. The business’s effort to kill this program is an egregious instance of placing earnings above the wants of society.

Steven Findlay
Barnesville, Md.
The author is a retired well being coverage researcher.

To the Editor:

Re “America Is Utilizing Up Its Groundwater Like There’s No Tomorrow” (“Uncharted Waters” collection, Sept. 2):

Again within the Nineteen Sixties, geologists learning the Ogallala Aquifer — america’ largest aquifer, which lies beneath elements of eight states within the Nice Plains — warned that, whereas the aquifer had taken tens of millions of years to type, mono-cropping and different industrial farming practices threatened its existence.

Few individuals listened, and water mining elevated.

Wells have dried up, and deeper wells have been drilled to search out new sources of water. Corn is likely one of the thirstiest crops grown, and most corn is used for ethanol and animal feed at manufacturing unit farms, which themselves use an incredible quantity of water.

It’s well beyond time to outlaw these agricultural practices, however the U.S. Division of Agriculture continues to fund them.

Regina Rae Weiss
Brooklyn

To the Editor:

Re “Not Every little thing We Name Most cancers Ought to Be Known as Most cancers,” by Laura Esserman and Scott Eggener (Opinion visitor essay, Sept. 1):

After I was handled for ductal carcinoma in situ 15 years in the past — with surgical procedure, radiation and, ultimately, a mastectomy — I puzzled why such aggressive measures had been needed for one thing that a minimum of one of many physicians I consulted assured me “wasn’t most cancers.” However with no different approach to discuss it, the one possibility was to deal with D.C.I.S. (which has “carcinoma” within the title, in any case) as if it had been, or would certainly grow to be, an invasive illness.

I want Drs. Esserman and Eggener luck of their efforts to rebrand D.C.I.S., and in so doing open up new remedy choices, like energetic surveillance, that didn’t exist once I wanted them.

Laura Goldstein
New York

To the Editor:

“A Sport Dealing with Disaster and Decline Tries to Reform Earlier than It’s Too Late” (Sports activities, Sept. 3) included some ways to enhance the game’s dismal charge of breakdowns and deaths with out ever mentioning the obvious and efficient answer of all: elevating the age at which horses are allowed to race.

Hopefully this might delay the coaching course of, permitting a horse’s muscle tissue, tendons and ligaments time to totally develop and malleable younger bones to “set.” A horse doesn’t full its closing set of tooth till its fifth yr.

The fashionable racing world may study so much from old-time cowboys, the most effective of whom didn’t begin breaking a horse till it was 4 or 5 years outdated.

Rick Donahoe
Yellow Springs, Ohio
The author, a retired farrier, is the writer of “Me ’n’ Clint,” a horseshoeing memoir.