Letters to the editor: Oct. 30, 2017

    10:16 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 Opinion

Former President Carter’s recent statement regarding the media’s treatment of President Trump is right on. Trump is being treated the same way Vietnam veterans were treated when we came back from the war — and by the same kind of people. We were despised, cursed at, lied about — even spit on.

Trump gave up a pleasant billionaire’s lifestyle to help us recover from the mess created by the last four presidents. His reward for being patriotic is to be cursed at and savaged in the media. Being popular doesn’t make you competent, as evidenced by said former presidents. He was handed a world crawling with terrorists, a nut case threatening us with nuclear war, and our best jobs in China.


Sens. Jeff Flake’s and Bob Corker’s denunciation of Trump comes with asterisks, since they have decided not to seek office again. But they are saying what is reported that Republican Congressman are saying privately: Trump is an embarrassment to our country and a danger to the world.

How many times have we watched these same legislators walked down a line to shake hands with men in uniform and thank them for their service and for risking their lives for their country? Yet, these same legislators refuse to follow the lead of Flake and Corker because it would be a risk to their political lives. Profiles in courage? Hardly. Profiles in cowardice? Absolutely.


I was brought up to be thoughtful and intellectually curious — and to be caring, considerate and respectful of others.

When I was young and naïve, I believed that everyone held to these principles. But, as I went out into the world, I soon realized that there were people who instead chose to be mean, bigoted, selfish and willfully ignorant.

I always wondered, “How many people were like this? What percentage of the population had decided to be so cruel and thoughtless? Was it 10 percent? 50 percent?”

It turns out, the answer is 38 percent.


Here we go again. The U.S. Senate voted on Oct. 19 to advance a budget bill that includes revenue from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Over the past 30 years, Congress has voted nearly 50 times on whether to drill in the Arctic Refuge. Yet, time and time again, Congresses of the past followed the science and public opinion to ensure that our nation’s largest and wildest refuge remains protected today.

Not this Congress.

In addition to its beauty and natural significance, recent polling commissioned by the Center for American Progress tells us that more than two-thirds of the American public want to see this iconic landscape protected.

I am disappointed that Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn voted to advance a budget that sells off our Arctic Refuge to Big Oil. Now, it is time for them both to stand up for our public lands and wild places.