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Letters, Aug. 12

Trump and guns

In response to the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, Trump’s handlers saw the political expediency of decrying hate and calling for unity, and wrote a speech for the teleprompter, which he read with all the believability of a fourth-rate actor.

We know they weren’t his words or true feelings because all his unscripted tweets, interviews, campaign rally speeches and call-ins to Fox have revealed that he can’t frame an articulate sentence, his vocabulary is limited, and his content is consistently racist, hate-filled, bullying and self-serving. He blamed video games and mental illness but didn’t mention guns.

The NRA gun manufacturers (not sportsmen) have given millions to the GOP (McConnell alone about $1.3 million). Meanwhile, Trump’s appointees have hampered the national background check system by narrowing some legal definitions to make it harder to classify gun buyers as ineligible and by purging tens of thousands of law enforcement records. They narrowed the definition of mentally ill and rolled back regulations that required inclusion in the system of those receiving Social Security benefits for mental illness. Trump’s proposed budget slashes millions from that system. Meanwhile, El Paso could use the $470,000 Trump’s campaign still owes for his February anti-immigrant rally there.

Betsy Shanafelt

Ashland

I had a dream

I had a dream that I lived in a country headed by a leader who embraced all the people in the land.

That I lived in a country where honesty, kindness and decency prevailed. A place where it was safe to worship, shop, and play, because weapons of mass destruction were banned.

A place where the earth was protected. A place with a government that worked for the people, and a place where corporations were not people. A place where so few did not have so much.

Sadly, when I awakened, I was mistaken, and I hung my head down and cried.

Jacqueline Parrish

Medford

Who knew?

Calling a rat and drug-infested city a rat and drug-infested city is now racist. Who knew?

California, a reliably blue state and home to one-third of the country’s homeless, passed a law to rig the 2020 presidential primary to keep the constitutionally elected president off the ballot. This action displays contempt for both the Constitution and the American people. Who knew?

Usually after a presidential election, the losing party recoups, licks its wounds, and re-thinks its ideas to make them more engaging to Americans. The Democratic Party, supported by many anti-Trump letters here, proves it has run out of ideas attractive to Americans and now must continue the politics of personal destruction. Who knew?

The Democratic Party candidates act like three-card Monte hustlers, the confidence folks in New York’s Times Square, seeking to fleece the marks. These candidates feel if we turn everything over to the government, it will never run our of our money. Who knew?

Years after the American people rejected Mrs. Felonia Clinton’s crusade to continue the “fundamental transformation” of America into a Third World “banana republic,” Trump, equal-opportunity scourge, tricked otherwise ordinary people to reveal their real goals: Servitude to big government. Who knew?

Dennis Sinclair

Medford

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