Readers Write: March 12

Let’s govern based on factual information

Enough is enough!

President Trump’s outlandish and groundless accusation that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone lines is out of bounds and beyond anything a reasonable and responsible world leader would do.

Trump is tweeting while Rome burns. Who is effectively governing this country while the White House focuses on petty, trivial, and absurd make-believe?

It is past time for the Republican Party to step up and start governing based on factual information. It is past time that they govern with fairness and compassion. It is past time that they serve the greater good instead of their narrow donor base.

It just might be past time they will get re-elected.


Trumpcare will take us back to bad old days

I am tired of reading articles filled with false statements and lies from Paul Ryan, Tom Price and Donald Trump about Obamacare being a disaster, imploding or collapsing. Obamacare may not be perfect, but it is not doing all of the horrible things that the darling of the media, Paul Ryan, says it is. Providing over 20 million people with health care for the first time is a great accomplishment. Eliminating lifetime caps on health care coverage for all Americans is great. Extending the solvency of Medicare is great. These are just a few of the great things Obamacare has done for the country, and there are many more. Now the Republicans want to fulfill an ideological dream by removing government from health care and take us back to the bad old days when health care costs were soaring out of control.

Of course, I am sure that I will read many articles after they destroy health care in which Ryan and his ilk will blame all of the negative things caused by their actions on Obamacare. They will try to explain that their plan has not been fully implemented and once it does all will be right with the world.


Doing right thing requires making enemies

For many of us, Donald Trump represents a once-in-a-lifetime president. If you are tired of all the blather, hot air and platitudes which characterize most politicians, Donald Trump is a breath of fresh air. To be honest, his version of reality does not always agree with what we see around us, but we can count on one thing: he owes special interests nothing and shows every sign that he believes in attacking problems, not just talking about them. He is what Obama has never been: a decisive leader willing to offend if need be.

While many of us love him for all the above, doing what is best for the country entails offending those who stand to lose by it. Reversal of a former president’s directives is one thing, but cutting into government waste, foreign aid, the profits of special interests, and an enormously bloated and inefficient bureaucracy must, of necessity, produce enemies.

Here’s wishing him well. He knows that making an omelette requires breaking some eggs, even when those eggs belong to some very powerful people.


Pay hike will help officers do their job

I see very few articles that support our local law officers, but Andre Jackson apparently appreciates the protection that law-abiding citizens enjoy when our police officers are allowed to do their job without interference from groups that support criminals and criminal behavior (“Local law officers deserve pay hike too,” Editorial, March 5). A pay hike would certainly attract more to the profession and help retain experienced officers. Our state senators have offered SB 154 and 160 that were passed on Crossover Day that would inflict a $5,000 fine and a prison sentence for aggravated assault and battery on public safety officers, and my hope is that it would apply to juvenile offenders. Continuous and damning media-supported reports blaming and condemning our police officers of gestapo tactics has produced a mindset in some that resistance to lawful commands is a natural and rightful thing to do. We need more well-paid police officers and more prisons or we are going to become another Chicago. But, instead, a small number our legislators want to welcome a crime-ridden industry to our major cities which will certainly attract more criminals and result in more fleecing of the innocents. Thankfully, that decision was postponed until next year.


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