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Letters, Dec. 10

Mendte’s column shows hypocrisy

I found Larry Mendte’s Dec. 4 commentary on former FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s objections to President Trump’s gross public attacks on her to be pretty disgusting itself. It is indeed ironic that this guy Mendte, a confessed felon who used stolen access to his female TV newscast co-host’s email to spread disparaging information to damage her career, is calling someone else out for “not [being] the innocent victim she pretends to be.” After his own crime, Mendte has worked shamelessly to make himself out to be the victim.

Consider the source when evaluating Mendte’s spinning of conspiracy theories of “deep state” FBI miscreants plotting to thwart the will of the people. The only thing Lisa Page is guilty of is privately expressing dismay that a person utterly lacking in any redeeming qualities could actually become president of the United States. Last time I checked, even government employees are entitled to their own opinions.

John Severance

Medford

Re-quotes

Most of us can recall many of the statements attributed to former presidents. But as we have seen too often, the mind of The Chosen One remembers them a bit differently.

A few are:” Mr. Garbagemouth, build us that wall.”

“Speak softly and carry a big tiki torch, you will go far.”

“The only thing we have to fear, is the release of my tax returns.”

“The buck stops here, and gets deposited in my offshore account.”

“Read my lips, no new taxes on Mar-a-Lago members!”

And no doubt the most famous of all, “ask not what your country can do for you...ask how many countrymen you can put the screws to.”

T. Alan Gielow

Shady Cove

Trees: the perfect gift

If you’re a gift-giver at this time of year, remember trees — the perfect gift!

Trees are unique. How many of your friends have been thusly honored? Double whammy: A tree gift benefits our planet as well, capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, producing oxygen and improving our air quality.

Trees are feel-good gifts. Your action can help restore wildfire areas — a positive contribution you can make.

Planting a tree adds beauty to our environment and to any celebration.

Tree gifts are never the wrong size or color, and they never go out of fashion. No batteries required! No exchanges needed! They have price ranges to fit most budgets.

For starters take a look at arborday.org (trees for others) or americanforests.org (gift of trees).

Pat Gordon

Jacksonville

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