Letters To The Editor 11/11/2018

November 11, 2018

Congressional oversight restored

Editor: Although the election demonstrated how deeply divided our country is and did not bring to office the number of Democrats many had hoped for, fair-minded people can say, “Hallelujah,” as the Democrats have managed to retake the House. It deals a sharp blow to our egocentric president and sends the message that he cannot rule as a dictator.

Although there could be grounds for impeachment proceedings for various types of corruption, to pursue it would be pointless as the Republican Senate would not vote to convict and the wounds of our nation would be opened even further in an action that would tie up Congress indefinitely. What must and will occur, at long last, is oversight and challenge to a president who oversteps and seeks to change the basic character of our country. Congressional Republicans have remained silent about these facets of his rule despite confiding privately how troubled they are by the president’s statements and actions.

The word “compromise” may come back into vogue as a president who wishes to accomplish anything in what we can hope will be his final two years in office must consider the position of those on the other side of the “Trumpublican” aisle.

Thanks to voters for making the U.S. House more diverse. Women, African-Americans and Muslims will now be more well-represented and Democrats will call the shots in one body of the legislative branch. Divided government is what the people want as a check and balance against the most divisive administration in history.





Free press critics

have most to hide

Editor: I have had enough of this president’s unprecedented assault on the press.

I spent my entire adult life working on conservation issues as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of my work involved reviewing and commenting on permits to fill wetlands and modify streams. There were many huge projects backed by powerful developers with good connections to politicians that would have destroyed hundreds of acres of wetlands or eliminated miles of streams if we had not been involved.

These large projects often became controversial because developers and politicians pressured other politicians and people in upper levels of government, anticipating that our supervisors would reach down and force us to withdraw our objections. Their efforts would have been successful but for a vigilant press.

To protect the waters of the United States, I came to depend on the press to shine the light on these efforts that would have prevented us from doing our job. Over the course of my career, members of the press interviewed me hundreds of times. I have never been misquoted and there was never an article in which they got the story wrong.

I came to be impressed by the diligence of reporters to get the story right and I was grateful we had a free press that I could count on to keep the public informed. I came to understand that without members of the press, our democracy would only be run by those who had access to the levers of power.

It has been my experience that those who bad-mouth the press are those who have the most to hide.





Moaners overlook

generous benefits

Editor: I’m old, I pay school taxes and I work hard.

That’s all true, but young people work hard and pay their school taxes, too. Some pay through rent but they pay taxes.

I receive Social Security checks far in excess of anything that I contributed to that system through the years. I receive health care at a very low rate through Medicare and young people pay for a lot of that through taxes that they pay. If my school tax gets too burdensome I’ll sell my house and rent somewhere.

I’m thankful for what I have and happy that I can make a contribution toward educating our kids. I wish the complainers would think about how much all the working people contribute to the social programs we old people benefit from.



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