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President’s open hostility toward press must stop

November 20, 2018

I wholeheartedly agree with your recent editorial regarding Donald Trump’s egregious and unprecedented hostility toward the press, evidenced by the recent cancellation of CNN’s access to future White House press conferences (“Squeezing the press: Another day at the White House,” Our View, Nov. 9). Something has to be done to stop this tyrant’s (and his followers’) attacks on press freedom.

But let us not forget that CNN is largely responsible for putting Trump in office. During the last eight months of the 2016 campaign, CNN mostly ignored the other candidates and became “all-Trump-all-the-time” — for ratings and profits, admitted CNN President Jeff Zucker.

Because of CNN bosses’ traditionally cozy relationship with previous U.S. presidents, they did not expect Trump to bite the hand that fed him. CNN is getting what it deserves.

Scott Shuker

Santa Fe

Right and fair

The president is the only elected official who represents all the American people. Senators and representatives represent only a state or a district. Senators and representatives are elected by the voters of the state or district, with the office awarded to the candidate who receives the largest number of votes. So should the president. But the quirks of the Electoral College can allow a presidential candidate to be elected to office without winning the most votes. That’s not fair to the people and not good for the office.

As Sen. Mimi Stewart wrote in her letter to the editor (“Let’s all support the National Popular Vote,” Nov. 8), the National Popular Vote offers the only practical path to ensure the president is the choice of the people. In the 2019 legislative session, New Mexico has the opportunity to become the next state to move the National Popular Vote toward reality.

Nick Knorr

Santa Fe

Street SOS

The city has done a good job with the trail from the Railyard to Baca Street, with the beautiful bridges on Oñate Place and Kathryn Avenue. But crews have done nothing at the end of Franklin Avenue, near my house, and it is crumbling into the ditch. It’s also an eyesore. It’s really bad. I have contacted the Mayor’s Office and City Manager’s Office, and other people as well, but they do nothing. I will even pay the mayor and city manager for their time to come and look at this problem. I need help with this.

Joe Gurule

Santa Fe

Balderdash

Many great words can describe Emily Romero’s risible claim (“Believe it or not,” Letters to the Editor, Nov. 13), that Donald Trump is “disabusing America of its false beliefs.” My two personal favorites are “codswallop” and “balderdash.” That assertion has, after all, been disproven by many objective news sources, including the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, which recently documented that Trump has made 6,420 false or misleading statements over 649 days. The rest of Romero’s letter — where she offhandedly dismisses the excellent science behind gender identity, discounts the plight of desperate asylum-seeking migrants and disparages the integrity of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s very credible accusers — can best be described as “uninformed” and “mean-spirited.”

S.E. Fisher

Santa Fe

Coming next

The Trump administration is a like film noir, with daily twists and turns and shadows, awaiting an unknown event that turns everything around. The firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions adds to the intensity of the story and suspense of what comes next.

Herman I. Morris

formerly of Santa Fe

Plano, Texas

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