An interesting choice
Breezing through your editorial Monday morning, I had to go back and re-read a couple sentences ... the editor didn't really mean that, did he?
In the context of the paragraph, the editor briefly summarized one representative's distaste for President Trump's "infuriating habit of tweeting insulting remarks and videos." This statement was next followed by the editor stating that the president "shouldn't be removed from office for being a bore and being immature."
Although Trump's tweets are devoid of interest (at least to me), in the paragraph's context, would Trump not have been better characterized with the homophone "boor" (a rude or insensitive person)?
SUSANNE C. ASHBY
Give Dreamers peace
During the four weeks before Christmas, many Christians celebrate the Advent season by preparing for the blessed birth. The second week of Advent is devoted to peace. The Hebrew word for peace is "shalom," which is used commonly in greetings and farewells. Shalom also means completeness, soundness, success, and welfare.
As we wish peace on earth, we should remember that kind words are great, but kind actions are boundless.
Jesus told his followers that if they wanted to give to him, they should give to the least of their brothers. Our young and vulnerable brothers and sisters that need peace at this time are the 800,000 young immigrants that are about to lose the only country they have known to become a stranger in the unfamiliar country of their origin. In March, these undocumented youngsters for no wrongdoing of their own are about to be ripped from their home.
President Obama promised the Dreamers, who have shown good citizenship by not getting into trouble while they attend or graduate high school, a place in the country they learned to love. President Trump has promised to take this peace away from the children who were too young to understand border laws when they entered but are old enough to understand the love of home. Please call your congressmen to ask them to extend the peace that President Obama offered them during his presidency.
In recent years the word "inappropriate" has been used the describe the following: vulgarity, crudeness, rudeness, cussin', profanity, lewdness, sexual misconduct, filthy behavior and downright nastiness. I believe that the word does not impact the seriousness of these situations. Why not just go back to calling these actions with the older, time-tested words? No one seems to care about the "lightness" of inappropriateness.
A friend of mine has come forth with a query. Why is it so difficult to find certain ingredients of a Christmas fruitcake? We'll take all these queries at the next Christmas party at Williams Junction. Merry Christmas!
While this may not be the beginning of the end, it most certainly is the end of the beginning. What began last fall as a national nightmare, humiliation, confusion and downright betrayal is being investigated and presumably brought to justice by our man of the hour, Robert Mueller.
Millions of us have played our part to urge this effort forward. We have donated money and time. We have encouraged our compatriots to not lose hope, not give in to despair, to fight on, to resist and to continue to do so until this usurper of the highest, most noble political office in the whole world is gone.
Throughout history common people have fought to take back what was rightfully theirs. And so it is true with Americans now. We shall never get over this. We shall fight on the Internet, make our phone calls, slug it out on Facebook, donate the last of our money, wear our pink pussycat hats, standing stronger together until this is done. The White House is America's greatest honor, a symbol of democratic pride for us, a beacon of hope for millions scattered all over the world, millions who clearly see that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. We have suffered a tremendous blow, which will be even more harsh should this GOP tax bill be thrust upon us, but we shall overcome.
There are more of us than there are of them. If we buck up, we can and we must take back the power, put it where it belongs, with the people who rock the cradle and carry the bedpan, who get up every day to build bridges, teach students, care for the sick and fight to defend us. This is America. We stand for fairness and justice for all.
As we pray for guidance and strength, let it be, dear God, let it be that America has learned her lesson. Beware the third-party temptation. We see what that got us: a fruitcake with his hands in the cookie jar.
Pushed him off a cliff
To Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. senator for New York: I could not disagree more with your assessment of Al Franken's record of conduct toward women, and I think it is disgraceful that you and the colleagues who support you called for his resignation. You say we should not consider gradations of infractions, but there is a world of difference between a man who uses his position of power to trade favors for favors or a man who will not take no for an answer and one who will. Woe to the man who ever holds a door or a coat for a woman ever again.
Although I cannot attest to the factual basis of the claims against Al Franken, as far as I'm concerned (and I say this as a 59-year-old woman who has been unwillingly groped a time or two), they are so insignificant they would have been forgotten were they not being used as fuel to feed the flames against a public figure. Shame on you for pushing Al Franken off a cliff so that you can claim the high ground.
It doesn't work for me.
CLAIRE R. DOUGAN
Editorial on 12/14/2017
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