I am concerned about how we and the media are being manipulated into listening to the rhetoric that keeps coming out of the White House.
Rather than looking at the daily minutia, I wish we would all look at the macro issue we have been witnessing.
We have a leader showing no regard for the truth — and a pattern of written and verbal disrespect for just about anyone and anything. We still don’t have financial transparency from President Donald Trump via his tax records and investments that help us all see any conflicts of interest. For an innocent man, he should have nothing to hide.
Focus daily pressure on repeating core questions until we get answers:
• Why not set the record straight and answer any questions that will help clear up any investigations?
• Will you please publicly disclose your financial history and any current holdings?
MICHAEL RICHTBERG, ROUND ROCK
Re: June 3 commentary, “Cancellation of ‘Roseanne’ begs for an even bigger one.”
Leonard Pitts celebrates the “Roseanne” issue outcome, but not before he admits his pettiness of “I told you so.” He also conveniently didn’t bring up Samantha Bee’s comments about Ivanka Trump. But I expect that from him.
Let me just note this regarding racism: Persons who continually comment on conspiracies are called conspiracy theorists. Those who continually apologize are called apologists. And my doctor, whose specialty is skin care, is called a dermatologist. There are several commentators in the media, such as Al Sharpton and Joy Reid, who continually talk about race. Are they racist?
Consider people like commentators Diamond and Silk, Rep. Mia Love, or Ben Carson, who very possibly voted for President Trump, along with hundreds of thousands of other African-Americans. Pitts, what do you call them, and where do you fit in?
TOM ORSAT, ROUND ROCK
Re: June 4 letter to the editor, “ABC did the right thing by ending ‘Roseanne.’”
Kudos to the writer for his letter. ABC canceled the show after Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist remark about an African-American advisor to President Barack Obama.
Now, perhaps NBC will follow suit and stop having the characters in some of its programs say the word “Jesus” as an epithet. Such casual use of this Holy Name is not only in poor taste but is an affront to Christianity and those of the faith.
CAROLYN WORD, BURNET
The differences between me and those who support Donald Trump and Ted Cruz must emanate from the genetic level.
We might as well be from different planets. Nothing they say and do makes any sense to me. The labels liberal and conservative are useless. A better distinction might be common sense versus nonsense. Furthermore, their nonsense is so small-minded and mean that it desecrates everything it touches no matter how sacrosanct to the fabric of America’s greatness. The totality of lies, greed, corruption and cruelty overwhelms us.
My resistance will be to perform as many acts of kindness as I can. I will only ask that they be paid forward by registering and encouraging others to vote. The present powers-that-be place allegiance to party and privileged donors above allegiance to our nation and our allies.
ALTON MUELLER, YORKTOWN
Sid Miller, the current agriculture commissioner, tweeted about a woman running for office. Instead of calling her by name, he called her a c-word.
Ted Nugent, a known racist and misogynist, called the same woman a “toxic c-word.” It’s probably not a surprise that our ag commissioner has such misogynistic views, since he had Nugent help out on his campaign. Ol’ Sid did not take responsibility for what he posted on his personal twitter but blamed “staffers.”
A female comic uses it — and the focus is on a word and not the atrocities at the border. The ripping of children away from their mothers while Ivanka Trump posts cuddle picks of her safe kids.
Ol’ Sid, Nugent and those like them, use the word to deliberately diminish, demean and debase; to place a woman into a category where all she represents is genitalia. That type of person shouldn’t be anywhere near a position of authority.
SANDRA BLANKENSHIP, KILLEEN
Samantha Bee has issued a nonapology for using the c-word regarding the president’s daughter.
After taking several days to gather her thoughts, she has now announced she used the word to reclaim it for all women. I think Bee is betting this ploy will relieve the backlash by somehow associating the plight of white women with African-Americans, who by the way, reclaimed the n-word for all the right reasons.
I’m sure the black community is overjoyed at Bee’s play; white women like Bee are routinely stopped for driving white, wrongly convicted of crime and generally oppressed for their whiteness. Thank goodness, the Constitution guarantees its citizens the right to be ignorant, for Bee displays hers with unbridled enthusiasm.
MIKE KEARBY, LLANO