Letters To The Editor 2/12/2019
Editor: CIA Director Gina Haspel and director of national intelligence Dan Coats, Republicans appointed by President Trump, disagree with him regarding North Korea, the Islamic State and Iran.
Trump said North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, ISIS is defeated and the nuclear treaty with Iran wouldn’t stop that nation’s leaders from making nuclear bombs. At a recent Senate hearing they explained how North Korea has not stopped making nuclear weapons, ISIS still poses a threat and Iran is conforming to the nuclear agreement.
So why does our president contradict the informed opinions of two intelligence experts that he appointed? It’s simple. He’s a great self-promoter who wants to make himself look good at the expense of others. His objective is not being honest or doing what’s best for America. He distorts the facts and tells outright lies not only about foreign policy, but about the economy, our southern border and other matters.
Trump gets biased information from propagandists such as Rush Limbaugh, who spreads hatred of Democrats. Trump also believes in conspiracy theories espoused by illegitimate news sources.
He refuses to read the reports of intelligence agencies that cost taxpayers millions, so officials have to submit pictures and graphs to try to get their message across to him. It appears they deal with a man who has the mental maturity of a sixth-grader.
It’s sad and unfortunate that Trump’s supporters and Limbaugh aren’t willing to put America first and instead act like stubborn children who insist on having their way. His lack of ability to study the facts and come up with the best solutions holds him back.
Why some 35 percent of the electorate still supports his dysfunctional administration is difficult to understand. But it convinces Trump to continue his un-American policies and makes Republican congressmen hesitate to challenge him.
Editor: In “Hate ascending” (Jan. 20) the writer sums up our immigration policies as a love-hate problem.
Somehow, the opposite of “love thy neighbor” is “build the wall.” He thinks like a compassionate liberal. They become so embroiled in their cause that they can’t see the effect on others. He speaks of welcoming people with open arms as if this should be a model for an onslaught of illegal immigration.
When Ellis Island was established as an immigration station in 1890 the nation had, in the previous year, admitted four new states. Westward expansion demanded population to support the needs of a rapidly growing nation. Mining, agriculture, factories and railroads needed manpower to expand. Industry solicited European skilled labor and we let everyone know that there was a place for them here.
No one came expecting us to feed, clothe, provide medical care and house them. They wanted to become unhyphenated Americans, unlike many illegal immigrants now who just live here for the benefits.
Immigrants assaulting our borders are an orchestrated invasion. These hapless people were recruited with pie-in-the-sky stories and told that everything they needed for the journey would be provided at no cost. Unless you are really dense, do you believe that thousands of marchers walked to within 100 miles of our border at the rate of 71 miles daily?
“Build the wall” is not an expression of hate any more than someone not wanting a neighbor’s cat to visit your kid’s sandbox. You don’t hate the cat or the neighbor, you just want the cat to stay out of your yard.
Speaking of hate, how about open hatred expressed by liberals toward those who support building a wall? There is plenty of hate on both sides but to attach a haters label to all who support the wall is way out of line.
Real crisis ignored
Editor: Listening to President Trump’s recent State of the Union address it would be easy to think that illegal immigration is the greatest challenge facing America. Not once did the president mention the actual problem of climate change.
Trump stokes fear with talk of “caravans” heading to the border. The caravans are primarily women and children seeking asylum. He claims they will cost the economy billions.
The real thief is climate change. During his administration we have seen destructive hurricanes across Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas, devastating wildfires in the drought-stricken west and the extreme cold of a recent polar vortex. These weather-related crises resulted in tragic deaths and cost billions in property damage and lost economic activity. All were exacerbated by warming temperatures from climate change.
The consensus of scientists is that CO² from the burning of fossil fuels contributes to climate change. Yet Trump touted the growth of the oil and gas industry, with nary a mention of the alternative: clean solar energy.
Despite the 30 percent tariffs his administration levies on solar panel imports, solar power is the fastest-growing source of electricity and an important component in curbing CO² emissions. While the rest of the world recognizes the threat and works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Trump denies it.
A true state of the union message would have highlighted the global threat of climate change to America’s well-being and a true leader would have demanded solutions.
Sadly, the speech was a sham.
Barriers to reason
Editor: What happened to negotiating?
The rivalry between President Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is ridiculous and childish.
Trump satisfies a bizarre fringe and is afraid of losing votes.
Pelosi is an embarrassment to the House of Representatives.
They must negotiate; how about 100 miles or 50 miles of wall at the border? If the building of a barrier is immoral now, what was it when similar measures were voted on by some of the very people who oppose it now?
Pelosi and Trump must stop acting like children; put on your adult clothes and settle this issue. Stop thinking people are stupid and counting on our short memories.