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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 5

Trump's behavior appalling

Front page news: “Trump claims ‘millions’ voted illegally for Clinton.” The Mail Tribune devoted 32 column inches to this story and still missed the point: Trump will go to any length, no matter how bizarre, contradictory or far-fetched, in order to “win.”

Our president-elect engaged in a 12-hour Twitter battle with himself, claiming, “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” and later, “serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California.” There is no credible source for these allegations. Trump fabricated these charges, apparently because he is threatened by Clinton's 2 million popular vote lead, and by the planned vote recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

It is appalling that a man who will be leading our country would be so defensive and lie so flagrantly. Wonder how this behavior will go over with the rest of the world? Even Putin will unfriend him.

David Lane

Ashland

A redeeming feature

I am in full agreement with those who find the columns written by Leonard Pitts Jr. to be, as a general rule, vile and despicable. However I do feel that his rants have one redeeming feature.

As a far left black racist, Mr. Pitts continually allows us to see into the workings of the liberal mind, serving as a shining example of how liberals see anyone who opposes their views. In addition, he serves as further proof of Dr. Lyle Rossiter's contention in his book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness," that liberalism is indeed a form of mental illness.

On another current topic, to those teary-eyed and dumbfounded individuals who now clamor for direct, popular vote election of the president, I suggest they first read the Constitution, particularly Article IV, Section 4. We are, always have been and always will be a constitutional republic! If the president were to be elected by popular vote, only five or six populous, predominantly liberal, states would determine that office. That would be anarchy, and would be yet another violation of our Constitution by those suffering the mental illness of liberalism.

Gaither B. Everett

Medford

Native American wisdom

It’s scary and also amusing that white supremacists claim and hold a 19th-century belief justifying the white European conquest of America. This far-right belief system is prevalent now in both American and Europe. Their claim that they were here “first” is truly astonishing.

In this era when we are just recovering from this election campaign based on hatred and bigotry, it is worth offering appreciation to the Native American Council reported in the Daily Currant (a satirical website) on Dec. 12, 2015. They can be lauded for offering in 2015 partial amnesty to 220 million illegal, undocumented white immigrants.

In making this offer, the council indicated that white people have the option of staying on the continent legally and applying for citizenship if they pay any outstanding taxes and return all stolen land.

It seems we could learn much wisdom from our Native American brothers and sisters.

Trisha Vigil

Talent

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 5