Letters To The Editor 7/31/2018

July 31, 2018

Trump disturbing

Editor: During the 2016 presidential campaign Donald Trump acted as the alpha dog.

He proudly stated that we would build a wall and Mexico would pay for it. Well, Mexico told President Trump where to shove the wall. The alpha dog has since put his tail between his legs.

Who was the real alpha dog at the recent Helsinki summit? It sure wasn’t Trump. He acted like a submissive pup in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and he embarrassed the United States every time he opened his mouth at the summit.

What type of person calls NATO our foe and denigrates the leaders of Canada, Germany and England? These countries have been our allies for many years.

What type of person cozies up to dictators and murderers like Putin and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un? These dictators rule with an iron hand and have removed basic freedoms in their countries.

What type of person calls neo-Nazis fine people?

What type of person constantly harps about conspiracy theories and scares people with allegations about a “deep state” but never provides any proof of any conspiracy or deep state evidence? What type of person calls the free press the enemy of the people ?

The person who can lay claim to all of the above is a fake alpha dog in the White House, Trump. He constantly mocks people and makes up derogatory names. There are many words to describe Trump. But the word alpha is not it. Phony seems very appropriate.

Trump claimed he would drain the swamp. What we now see is that Trump lives in the swamp. He only wants to enrich himself and his family. The true character of Trump becomes clearer by the week and what we see is deeply disturbing.




Ridiculed by world

Editor: America and Congress must wake up before it is too late to right the wrongs that President Donald Trump has done to our country.

Just because someone wrote a retraction for him of his remarks in Helsinki and changed “would” to “wouldn’t” in regard to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Republicans in Congress seem to think he clarified himself and everything he said on his grand tour of Europe is just fine.

When are Republicans going to start doing something right for our country and not their political careers? The only negatives coming from congressional Republicans about Trump are from the ones not running for re-election. Everyone else is supposed to take it with a grain of salt that he doesn’t necessarily mean all he says.

That is why we are the laughingstock of the world. He has alienated all our allies while befriending and bowing to the people who want to destroy us.




Obama gets pass

Editor: It boiled my blood when I read Thomas Friedman’s July 18 “Helsinki betrayal national moment of truth” syndicated column in The Times-Tribune.

Not once did he write about the “hot microphone” in which President Barack Obama told a Russian diplomat to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin that Obama would have more flexibility to talk to Putin after Obama was re-elected in 2012.

Why didn’t Friedman mention that in his column? The answer must be that New York Times columnists like him, David Brooks, Paul Krugman, Frank Bruni and Maureen Dowd all have “Trump Derangement Syndrome” because the 2016 presidential election results put President Donald Trump in the White House instead of Hillary Clinton.

It would have been a continuation of Obama’s policies if Clinton had been elected. Thank God that didn’t happen. John Kameen’s July 19 “Selective outrage” letter is absolutely right and true.




Object sacrificed

Editor: Rabindranath Tagore was a poet and musician from Calcutta and in 1931 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature. His important words are still applicable:

“If anger be the basis of our political activities, the excitement tends to become an end in itself, at the expense of the object to be achieved. Side issues then assume an exaggerated importance, and all the gravity of action and thought is lost; such excitement is not an exercise of strength, but a display of weakness.”

There are many interpretations of this quote. In that sense, it is potentially an all-purpose quotation. It alerts me to the presence of various characters.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped up to microphones to report on their meeting in Helsinki. One stepped onstage like a beaten dog, the other like its master. I don’t put much in the pseudo-science of body language, but in this case it appears obvious.

The quotation leads to consideration of other current political personalities. Republican Newt Gingrich entered Congress in 1979 and began to instigate change. He was not about working with Democrats to move the country forward. He, instead, pursued Republican domination, which fueled his rise. His method was the politics of personal destruction.

Dick Cheney demonstrated a heedless attitude of personal power as vice president to George W. Bush, who lacked intellectual curiosity. Bush looked into Putin’s eyes and “saw a soul,” Cheney said he saw “a colonel in the KGB.” This was his finest moment.

Sen. Mitch McConnell wrote a memoir in 2015, “The Long Game.” It is a short game, indeed, if it is only about political advantage, a la Gingrich.

Now we have the phenomenon of Trump time. Are Republicans stoked with a plan to win on Nov. 6?




Revise paving list

Editor: Recently, The Times-Tribune published a list of Scranton streets that are scheduled to be paved.

I think city officials forgot to list Boulevard Avenue. The road is heavily traveled and it connects the Midvalley to Scranton.

There are also two nursing homes along that street. The road is a washboard and after the first snow of the winter it will be worse.

Last year, there were holes so deep that if your car hit one, you would be eating breakfast in China.



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