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Letters to the Editor, June 16

Not U.S. without diversity

I learn more from a world that is diverse and represented by people from different cultures, with different skin color, nationalities, faiths, etc. Diversity shares a broader perspective and a clearer understanding of what it means to be a citizen of the United States.

Mr. Smith, who wrote “Diversity born of prejudice” (June 8) certainly must have some understanding that diversity is a cornerstone of our society. We are and continue to be a country of immigrants made up of people from all backgrounds. Diversity defines who we are.

What needs to be recognized is that diversity does not equal fairness. It is a common misconception that everyone is equal in our society and that anyone can succeed by pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We live in a society that still favors white, heterosexual, English-speaking males. The notion that giving people a “leg up” is somehow insulting does not consider the “leg up” that many receive simply because of their European ancestry.

We need to understand and correct inequities in our society, create opportunities and encourage diversity, inclusion and equity. Make the U.S. a place for all of us.

Katherine Gosnell

Ashland

Obama vs. Reagan

A recent letter writer complained that the lack of progress in Washington was due to President Obama's heavy use of the veto. Other writers in the past blasted the president for trampling on the Constitution with his numerous executive actions.

In his 7-plus years, President Obama has vetoed 10 bills while issuing 228 executive actions. Sound like a lot? Maybe. But this president will have to really quicken his pace if he wants to catch up with Ronald Reagan. Reagan vetoed 78 bills and issued 381 executive actions of his own.

David Ropel

Central Point

Trump can't be trusted

Where does Donald Trump stand on issues?

He has been both pro-choice and anti-choice; he is in favor of guns in the classroom but not teachers having guns; he is for workers but frequently doesn’t pay contractors he hires for completed work and is against a federal raise in the minimum wage; he’s against Wall Street but boasts huge real estate profits out of the housing collapse and subsequent foreclosures and human misery it caused.

In 2009 Trump urged President Obama and Congress to take action on global warming, arguing if we don’t, “it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.” Flipping again, he now argues against climate rules and the International Paris Agreement accepted by over 170 nations.

The answer is that Trump has held every possible position one can hold on every critical issue. Trust him at our peril.

Alan Journet

Jacksonville

Letters to the Editor, June 16