Letters To The Editor 11/22/2018
JFK set standard
Editor: The White House said Tuesday that there would be new rules about proper decorum for White House reporters, but the press hasn’t agreed to any such arrangement.
Donald Trump, the 45th president, might benefit first by studying the decorum of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president, in relating to journalists and educating the public during turbulent times. Kennedy didn’t insult or try to intimidate journalists in 61 televised news conferences. His intelligence, keen sense of history, insight on important issues and quick wit dominated the give-and-take. He never was mean-spirited toward political foes or scornful of journalists.
He was asked about his administration’s failures and ’fessed up. He was asked tough questions about relations with Russia and China, nuclear proliferation, racial segregation, unemployment, disciplining school children and many other issues.
I was with the Associated Press covering Pennsylvania state government in Harrisburg when Kennedy became the first president to hold regular TV news conferences. They set a high standard for engaging the people in the country’s governance. It was a different time in the nation’s passage.
A 1983 film, “Thank You Mr. President,” hosted by the late actor, E. G. Marshall, reviews Kennedy news conference highlights for those seeking to remember or those who were not born at the time.
Too busy to go
Editor: People who have served this great country in conflicts have lost their limbs, their sanity and often their lives.
Some of them were my brothers-in-arms. I fought, bled and killed for this country in the jungles of Vietnam. Every Veterans Day, I put on my dog tags in remembrance of those who we lost.
President Trump never served in the military. He had bone spurs. But he bragged about his promiscuous lifestyle while single and stated that men who didn’t go to Vietnam didn’t need to feel guilty because it was dangerous to date during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Believe me, it’s not even close.
On Nov. 10, Trump, who was in France to mark the centenary of the end of World War I, canceled a visit to a U.S. military cemetery because it was raining. On Nov. 11, he and Vice President Mike Pence did not attend the Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
When asked why he hasn’t yet scheduled a visit to Afghanistan or Iraq, Trump replied, “I will do that at some point, but I don’t think it’s overly necessary. I’ve been very busy with everything that’s taking place here … I’m doing a lot of things. But it’s something I’d do and do gladly. Nobody has been better at the military ... I have done more for the military than any president in many, many years.”
Really… too busy. Maybe he should do a little less golfing, reduce his “executive time” and visit the troops.
Every Veterans Day I wear my dog tags to remember those who we lost. When I take them off, my eyes fill up remembering my brothers who didn’t come home.
Trump stiffs vets
Editor: On Veterans Day, instead of sitting in the White House watching television news stations, brooding over his failed, embarrassing trip to Paris and tweeting out falsehoods about the results of the midterm elections, President Donald Trump should have visited Arlington National Cemetery to honor the nation’s veterans, living and deceased.
But, being the self-centered, egotistical person that he is, Trump brushed off his responsibilities as commander in chief and, in doing so, disrespected the men and women who have proudly served in the U.S. military in times of war and peace.
Trump should be ashamed of himself and he owes an apology to the veterans of this great country.
MICHAEL G. McLANE
NORTH ABINGTON TWP.
President stays dry
Editor: President Trump flew across the Atlantic Ocean to France in order to participate in ceremonies honoring the military personnel who fought and died in World War I.
But he couldn’t attend the ceremonies at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery due to light rain.
The cemetery has 2,288 graves, including many Americans who fought in the World War I Aisne-Marne offensive and the Battle of Belleau Wood in France. My wife’s father, Alton Christmas Jones, who was gassed in France, and her uncle, William Howard Jones, were Marines who fought at Belleau Wood. Our sissy president sent White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford to attend the ceremonies. Kelly and Dunford are true Americans.
Dignitaries who visited various World War I sites included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. But Trump stayed dry.
Members of our military fight and die in all types of weather, including rain, snow, heat and cold. The sissy president says he cares about our military, but in the two years since his election he has not visited any of our military in an active war zone. He disrespects the military and remains a disgrace to our country.
Editor: Richard Byron (“Restore respect,” Nov. 14) laments a lack of respect shown to President Trump in Pittsburgh.
I was taught that respect has to be earned and that to get respect one must show respect. Trump has done nothing to earn anyone’s respect and the only person to whom he has shown respect seems to be Russian President Vladimir Putin. I wonder how Putin earned that respect.
DAVID G. WATKINS