Letters to the Editor

Faddis letter: Trump’s first year

Here are a few things that you may have missed.

Job growth during Trump’s first year was the lowest in 7 years. Although Trump bragged about more women being employed than ever before, job growth for women was the slowest in 5 years. Of course, there are more employed in about any demographic than in the past.

Homelessness increased in 2017 for the first time since 2010.

Tourism was up 7 percent worldwide and down 4 percent in the U.S. last year, costing U.S. businesses billions.

The FBI is investigating whether Russia channeled money through the National Rifle Association to support Trump.

A $1,000 bonus is a one year $0.50/hour raise. Most companies giving these bonuses are sharing a tiny fraction of their tax savings.

Wal-Mart raised their starting wage to a starvation level of $11/hour or $22,000/year, if you can get a full time job there. It is no wonder that employees at an average Wal-Mart receive about $1 million per year in welfare benefits.

Due to gerrymandering, Republicans won the House with 48 percent of the vote in 2012 and 45 percent in 2014. To win control in 2018, Democrats will need 58 percent or about 10 million more votes than the Republicans.

Leo Faddis, Kuna