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Letters, Feb. 22

Party vs. governance

“We did not send him there to vote his conscience,” Washington County Republican Party Chairman Dave Ball said Monday after the Pennsylvania GOP voted to censure Sen. Pat Toomey. “We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he’s doing. We sent him there to represent us.”

This statement sums up the difference between party politics and responsible governance. Ball’s stance is that no act, no matter how reprehensible, trumps obligations to “the party.”

My congratulations to Toomey for fulfilling his duty to his country.

To the 70 million-plus voters that voted for Trump, shame on you for dereliction of duty to do due diligence to honor and country. Trump’s administration from the start advocated a racist, xenophobic vision of governance, serving only the interests of Donald Trump.

Each and every one of us has an obligation to do our best as citizens and voters. It’s not liberal or conservative, it is a moral, ethical, honorable duty we all bear and must fulfill.

This democracy and republic will only survive with constant vigilance and participation from its citizenry, informed, aware, with a never-relenting commitment to truth and human decency.

Jim Akins


Spineless snakes

On Feb. 13, 43 Senate Republicans dishonored their office, their oath of office, Congress, all the men and women who put their lives on the line defending the 43 Republicans on Jan. 6 against an insurrection and attempted overthrow of the United States government.

These senators were more concerned with donor money than the nation’s welfare. These 43 senators acquitted former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection against the United States of America.

All the evidence presented clearly proved the charge against the former president in the impeachment trial. The impeachment was passed in the House of Representatives after the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt that interrupted the president-elect’s certification in Congress.

These same Republicans have set two precedents in the past year. One precedent is that a president cannot be impeached for abuse of power or obstruction of Congress. After today, a president cannot be convicted of insurrection against the United States, which is treason.

Way to go, you 43 spineless snakes. You opened this nation up to authoritarian rule without constitutional protections to prevent it. That was your original intent, wasn’t it? Now we know what Hitler’s SS stood for, i.e., devious spineless snakes.

Randall C. Hale


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