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Letters to the editor: 8-4-17

August 4, 2017 - 12:05am

Who will drain Trump’s swamp?

To those who still approve of the conduct of our top government officials, I say you have lost touch with core American values. The problem isn’t Mr. Trump and his groupies. The problem is the silence which allows this septic atmosphere to continue.

For the sake of our younger generation, I suggest adopting a rating system similar to what Hollywood uses: R is restricted and X is worse and can be used for totally unacceptable, flippant behavior.

Trump drained the swamp by appointing totally inappropriate people to top positions. My concern is who is going to clean up his festering sewer? Surely not those cowards in Congress while lie better than the best door mat.

The world is also watching us. Is this what American values have shrunk to?

Steve Snyder


Prosecutor right to go after agency

Mitch Roth, you are my hero.

Finally, someone has the guts to try and do something about Child and Family Protective Services. They are the most dysfunctional agency I have ever witnessed through others or on the news.

Their job is to protect young, innocent children and their policies are beyond comprehension It’s as if they’re from another planet. The court system is no better. They always give the bad parent another chance, whether they have complied with the terms put down to them to get their children back or not. Another thing I have seen is that the moms, no matter what, have all the rights. The dad can be a model, hardworking person and he has no rights. Go figure.

Haley Harris


Sergeant’s words inspire

I just read a wonderful and inspiring letter in the Annie Lane column of WHT from a man named John who is a retired sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corp. I think all the whiners and complainers and also the good people of our island and this country should listen to what this man had to say and take it to heart.

It read like this:

“Being 76 years old and in the twilight of my life, I have truly ‘been there, done that’ in so many ways. I have seen much, done much and still search for much. I give thanks to all those who have helped and empowered me over my lifespan. I give thanks to all those on whose backs and shoulders I have stood all this time. Only in America could I have been so blessed and fortunate in receiving all my gifts of love, laughter and life. I still see America as being ‘half full’ rather than ‘half empty.’

America is still great, because she has an innate strength and enduring stamina to heal her bruises and cleanse her wounds. America is still great, because she steadfastly promotes optimism and assertively overcomes pessimism. America is still great, because she indefatigably promotes inspiration and consistently defeats alienation.

I firmly believe that most Americans want what is best for our fellow citizens and our country: fairness, opportunity, responsibility, education, respect, equality, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We are all in this together. Yes, we can overcome the hate, racism, greed, selfishness, anger and fear. Let us come together and be all that we can be. We can do this, for America is (still) the greatest!”

So well said.

Sally Inkster


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