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Letters To The Editor 8/2/2018

August 2, 2018

Irreparable harm

Editor: What will it take for citizens to realize what

irreparable damage President Donald Trump and his misguided administration is doing to this nation?

Why isn’t every American screaming, “Enough is enough”?

Recently, he stood in front of the world and took the word of Russian President Vladimir Putln over our intelligence agencies, all of which confirmed that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. This was the weakest an American president has ever looked on the world stage.

He has attacked the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller since its beginning, calling it a “witch hunt” as it gets closer to the truth about his campaign’s possible ties to the Russians. Five members of his campaign have already been either indicted or pleaded guilty for their involvement. He has no regard for the rule of law.

He labels our free press “the enemy of the people.” He attacks everyone who criticizes him and lies every time he opens his mouth. He is alienating us from our allies while cozying up to autocrats. He has started his idiotic trade war that will cost consumers dearly.

He is systematically destroying the environment and dismantling the fabric of our democracy as he increases his personal wealth at our expense. Enabling him to do all of this is the complicit Republican Congress, along with the disgraceful Fox News, whose sole purpose is to present lies and misinformation to an increasingly confused public.

The time has come to speak up and say we’re not going to stand in silence and

take this anymore. One way is by voting Republicans and this disgraceful and embarrassing president out of office before we lose all the freedoms and qualities of life we have come to cherish in this great nation.

DAVID FLEMING

HONESDALE

 

Putting Putin first

Editor: Is the president guilty of treason for siding with Russia instead of with our intelligence agencies and our allies?

Does he want to put Russia first, instead of America, by not insisting that Russia end its support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, weakening our alliance with NATO, attacking our European allies and placing tariffs on goods from Canada and Europe? All of this begs the question, “What does Russian President Vladimir Putin have on Trump, or, what does Trump expect to get in return by putting Russia first?”

Some Trump supporters still support him because our economy is doing well. The economy also did well before the stock market crash of 1929. It’s easy to understand why the stock market is up. It goes up when corporate earnings rise. Why are earnings up? Because the tax cut lowered corporate income tax rates but didn’t close their tax loopholes. Corporations are buying back stock, not building more factories.

Forbes magazine in December reported that “a couple could get up to $22.4 million in exemptions for 2018 because of the new law regarding inheritance taxes.” This is not widely publicized and certainly not on Trump’s propaganda station, Fox News. Surprisingly, even Fox criticized Trump for putting Putin before our intelligence agencies.

More Republicans in Congress are beginning to challenge Trump’s behavior. They should pass a law protecting special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, give amnesty to immigrants who earned it and allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals children to become citizens and pass laws restricting presidential powers regarding peace and trade treaties and tariffs.

The best way to prevent Trump from abusing his office is to vote for Democratic congressional candidates in the November election. Many experts agree that Trump will go down in history as the most unfit, anti-America, dysfunctional president we’ve ever had.

JOE CZARNECKI

DALLAS

 

Helsinki horrifying

Editor: The lack of organization and confusion in the Trump White House is most apparent.

The fact that President Trump considers his trip to Helsinki a success proves he lives in a bubble. In that trip, he distanced himself from our NATO allies by offending those who stood beside us after the 9/11 attacks and beside whom we would readily fight should the need arise.

It was an embarrassing debacle. Then it was on to meet with his paramour, Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s apparent that the smug Putin has Trump in his pocket and that Trump will do Putin’s bidding, no questions asked. They met alone for over two hours with no one present but translators.

At the press conference that followed the meeting, Trump belittled his own intelligence institutions while praising those of Russia. Listening to Trump speak, it appeared to be treasonous. Twenty-four hours later in response to all the negative criticism from news agencies as well as from those in his administration, he walked back his derogatory comment, saying he meant “wouldn’t” instead of “would” when asked if he thought Russia had meddled in the election.

It would have been laughable if it weren’t so horrifying. Trump is tearing up the moral compass of this country little by little. We have been given permission to voice our prejudices no matter how loathsome.

Trump is responsible for America sinking like the Titanic while Republicans in Congress watch from their Capitol Hill observatory. Anyone who isn’t enraged at our elected representatives is as stupid as they think we are. Wake up and stick up for America.

MARIA VARECKA

LAKE ARIEL

 

Perpetual question

Editor: Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

That’s the question we get when presidential election time rolls around. A better question would be, are my less-fortunate neighbors better off now than they were four years ago?

Are we all better off and no one is worse off? It could happen but remember what Ghandi warned us about: There is enough for everyone’s needs but not their greed.

BOB SINGER

WILKES-BARRE

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