Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Donald Trump, Postal Service, taking a knee

Donald Trump

I have to agree with many Trump haters. He acts like a spoiled child. Even I get disgusted with him. He’s always shooting from the hip and doesn’t listen to his advisers. But, as long as he keeps nominating conservatives to the Supreme Court, repairing our economy, boosting our military, keeping our unemployment rate low, lowering taxes, cracking down on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities, supporting gun ownership, working wonders for the stock market and keeping North Korea at bay, I’ll have to tolerate him — the little brat.

Chuck Pitman, Meridian

Donald Trump

If Trump’s lips are moving, he’s lying.

Lies 101, sequence of events, Trump style:

Traitor Trump: I tell the lies.

Kelly: A patriot, he’s my president so I support his lies.

Hannity: An entertainer, I faithfully report his lies as news.

Sanders 1: I’ve made it abundantly clear that I repeat his lies.

Sanders 2: Yes, his first lie was a mistake but this lie is truthful.

Sanders 3: You’ll have to contact his outside legal counsel for that lie.

Trump supporters: Patriots, we love our president and love every lie. MAGA.

GOP: Incontinent cowards legislate the lies and make the very rich ultra rich.

Putin: I just love it when Trump repeats our pillow talk.

Trump, post Helsinki: I would[n’t] tell a lie. “It’s kind of a double negative.”

Sarah D. Haynes, Eagle

Donald Trump

Two weeks before his inauguration, Trump was shown classified intelligence data proving that Putin had a direct role in attacking and helping him win the 2016 election. According to a NY Times July 18 report, the evidence included texts/emails from Russian military officers. A few days prior to the NY Times article, Mueller indicted 12 Russian GRU military officers for DNC hacking. Trump knew of the Russian interference and conspired to hide the truth from the American public. Trump has repeatedly told us that the Trump/Russia investigation is a witch hunt despite the entire U.S. intelligence community saying exactly the opposite. Why is Trump and the entire GOP trying so hard to undermine and discredit the FBI and Mueller? Why is Trump trying to cover up an act of war against the United States? Well, he couldn’t call it a witch hunt unless he denied it and it also brings into question the legitimacy of his presidency. Remember Trump saying: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you can find the 33,000 emails that are missing.” The DNC was hacked the same day. If that isn’t a coincidence, then it is colluding with the enemy or aiding and abetting the enemy. Take your pick.

Tom Lorentz, Boise

Donald Trump

Two of this nation’s past presidents were impeached by the House of Representatives. Both were acquitted in trials by the Senate.

First was Andrew Johnson in 1868 for dismissing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Second was Bill Clinton in 1998 for lying about having a sexual relationship with an intern. And then Richard Nixon in 1974 avoided impeachment by resigning.

We now have President Donald Trump. He has put the nation’s security at risk — economically, militarily, philosophically and morally. He has directly threatened our allies while refusing to confront Russia when they are trying to destroy our system of government, infiltrating and interfering with our government’s sovereignty. This president has a kinked moral compass and hardly any compassion.

Any citizen should recognize that he has done detrimental and, possibly, permanent damage to our country and the countries we rely on for economic and military support.

This president should be impeached. I respect the office of the president of the United States, but this man has committed all three of the previous reasons for impeachment.

Let your members of Congress know that we will not stand for this any longer. The time is now.

Hugh E. Massie, Boise

Donald Trump

So Mr. Trump, you have no problem shutting down the government if Congress doesn’t pay billions for the wall. How about shutting down the White House if Mexico doesn’t pay for the wall as you promised your voters? Just wondering.

John Erisman, Boise

U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service currently strives to operate on a “break even” and not-for-profit status using no tax dollars to operate for everyone no matter where they live in the United States. Privatization of the USPS could possibly result in the reduced or loss of service in many rural areas in Idaho and in the rest of the nation. Every American should receive the same service at the same cost.

John Paige, Pocatello

Taking a knee

Thank God for Donald Trump. Without his insight I might have believed those devious football players. Giving time and millions to charities and causes. Pretty shrewd cover-up.

It opened my eyes to the extent of the disrespect that has been going on for centuries.

Subjects disrespecting kings and queens even while being knighted.

Churchgoers disrespecting Christ for over 2,000 years under the guise of worship.

Brides and grooms disrespecting ministers and priests during wedding (even disrespecting people while asking them to marry).

Parents teaching their children to disrespect God at their very bedsides.

And football players. How many times have you seen both teams kneel to disrespect a player injured on the field?

Lastly, those survivors of disasters and mayhem, dropping to the ground to secretly disrespect, while pretending to give thanks. Disgusting.

You can disagree with the methods, but you don’t get to define the motives of others.

You cannot argue that people died for the right to protest, and then condemn the exercise of that right.

I, for one, find it moving when players take a silent knee, honoring those fallen to racism, taking nothing away from the national anthem’s dignity. How American.

Burt Peterson, Meridian