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Letters, Jan. 17

Quit playing games

For the record, I, like many Americans, lived through World War II, the Marshall Plan, the GI Bill and a period until JFK’s death, when America was truly great. Families and their businesses flourished.

Today we have two morally disgusting political parties that allowed about 10 million good jobs to leave the country and acted in concert with Wall Street to destroy millions of family businesses by fostering Walmart and like public companies, relegating American workers to no-benefit, part-time employment. Pre-pandemic, 44% of our workforce was unemployed, proving that the unemployment rate is false.

America is now far from great. The current congressional diversion is about impeaching Trump for causing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Trump. like Biden, is incompetent, in my opinion, but at his “Save America Rally,” he did conclude his speech by saying “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

Pray that at some point politicians will quit playing games and accommodate job-creating family businesses that refresh the once-great “Made in America” trademark. The silliness must stop.

John M. Moore

Eagle Point

Self-pardon not intended

Our Founding Fathers, when crafting the Constitution, did not intend that the president be eligible for pardon for crimes or other “offenses” committed while in office. We know this because we know what they did not intend.

They did not intend to create an autocracy or enable a despot. Escaping a sovereign with unchecked power was still fresh in their minds when they drafted the Constitution.

“Shall” is a word used sparingly when assigning duties to the chief executive. Article II, Section 3 obligates the president to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed ... ” Could the founders have intended that the president be able to escape this duty by using the pardon power to excuse crimes committed while in high office?

It was never intended that there be an executive exception to the principle that no one is above the law. The president and those serving under his direction and control must be held accountable for a nation of laws to exist. It was not intended that there be a power to pardon self to the detriment of the Constitution and the democracy it protects and to which president took an oath to “protect and defend.”

George Rice

Medford

Don’t sell out democracy

I’m appalled that Rep. Cliff Bentz objected to the Pennsylvania Electoral College vote count following the insurrection at the Capitol, asserting “I’m still trying to figure out if the election was constitutional!”

Bentz said, “I’m committed to listening to the opinions of my constituents, upholding the Constitution, and engaging in the deliberative process entrusted to the United States House of Representatives.”

It’s arrogant that Bentz used the patois of a slick lawyer to question the decisions of the Supreme Court and around 60 judges — many of them appointed by Trump — who found these lawsuits alleging election fraud baseless.

When asked if Trump was to blame for what happened in the Capitol, Bentz responded, “I don’t think he wanted violence to happen. I think he wanted a protest to happen, but I can’t imagine that he wanted it to turn violent.” This is an unbelievable interpretation of Trump’s inflammatory battle cries: “Be there. Will be wild.”

Bentz refuses to clearly recognize and denounce Trump’s intentions to destroy our democracy, and continues to question the legitimacy of our election. If he continues to spout this rhetoric, will he be capable of serving his constituents with blood on his hands?

Dasja Dolan

Medford

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