Letters To The Editor 3/30/2018
Empty White House
Editor: President Trump’s character flaws are overwhelming his administration and placing our country in jeopardy. Former CIA Director John Brennan recently referred to Trump as “unstable, inept, inexperienced and also unethical.” I would add divisive, chaotic and suffering from terrible judgment.
In the past 15 months the following White House personnel have left: Stephen Bannon, chief strategist; Mike Dubke, communications director; Michael Flynn, national security adviser; Sebastian Gorka, White House adviser; Hope Hicks, communications director; K.T. McFarland, deputy national security adviser; Omarosa Manigault Newman, director of communications for public liaison; Rob Porter, staff secretary; Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser; Reince Priebus, chief of staff; Anthony Scaramucci, communications director; Keith Schiller, director of Oval Office operations; Sean Spicer, press secretary; Katie Walsh, deputy chief of staff; Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior director for intelligence programs, National Security Council; Tera Dahl, deputy chief of staff; Derek Harvey, Middle East adviser; Rich Higgins, director strategic planning office; Josh Raffel, senior communications official; Michael Short, senior assistant press secretary; Gary Cohn, economic adviser, and H.R. McMaster, national security adviser.
FBI Director James Comey, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin were fired. Trump family members Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump could be next.
This turmoil occurs during an investigation into Russian meddling in our election and as Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to pose threats and China expands its influence in the world. North Korea has developed long-range nuclear missile systems; Iran foments war in the Middle East; Muslim terrorists stage attacks in the Western world and domestic shooters kill Americans with assault weapons.
Storm the Jack
Editor: Perhaps it would have been less damaging to his political career if President Trump had been introduced to Jack Daniel’s instead of Stormy Daniels.
Editor: This month marks the 15th anniversary of an illegal war of aggression in Iraq that has killed several hundred thousand, perhaps more than 1 million people, mostly civilians, and displaced 4 million from their homes.
It caused a bloody civil war and the emergence of the murderous Islamic State group — all of which has spilled over into Syria and the whole Middle East region. This follows the hundreds of thousands killed in the first Iraq war under President George H.W. Bush and the million more during the eight years of sanctions under former President Bill Clinton.
It was all based on lies and deceits from the war-mongering profiteers, abetted at every turn by our own complicit media, including the illustrious New York Times and Washington Post, the imbecilic morons on Fox and their ilk.
Looking back, we’re getting close to the more than 3 million lives wasted in the Vietnam War, even as we remember the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre and the killing of innocent civilians.
Looking ahead, we see the road to war with Iran being paved with the same vile treachery and promoted by the same warmongers, neoconservatives, right-wing wing nuts and their media handmaidens. This movement has its champions in the perfidious President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who may find war with Iran as the raw meat for their beguiled base and a distraction from their own alleged criminal activities
Here it comes and shame on us if we allow it to happen again and again.
Head full of stones
Editor: I recently read an article on the front page of The Times-Tribune about arming children with buckets of rocks if an intruder enters the classroom with a firearm.
I have a better idea: Tell the superintendent to arm all the principals with buckets of rocks to stop the bad guys. See how well that goes over with them.
The superintendent who proposed the idea lives in a fantasy world. Instead of having a armed security guard to protect people in the school, he wants students to protect themselves with rocks? Maybe it’s cheaper for the school district but the results would be disastrous for the students.
This ridiculous suggestion did not even warrant coverage in the classified ads, let alone the front page.
Editor: To say I’m disappointed in the way The Times-Tribune portrayed Brian Doughton is an understatement (“County officials defend hiring of man who pleaded guilty to drunken driving four times,” March 25).
I am disgusted with the way the newspaper rehashed Doughton’s past. The newspaper prints daily of the obstacles of addiction and here is a man who is almost 3½ years sober. Believe me, that’s no small accomplishment,and instead of making it a feel-good story the newspaper politicized it.
My wife and I salute Doughton in his success for staying sober for 3½ years and wish him well as he lives “one day at a time.”
BRIAN A. McDONALD
Editor: When a swamp is drained you are left with a quagmire.
I believe we are almost there now.
SOUTH ABINGTON TWP.