EDITOR: When POTUS tweeted that Puerto Rico “is an island surrounded by water,” I wondered if he’s too stupid to know that an island is, by definition, “an area of land surrounded by water.” Petty? Maybe. That aside, the worst aspects of his response to the devastation there are his blatant lies about the great job he’s doing and the “great reviews” he’s getting. He’s concerned about his “reviews” when people are dying because he isn’t acting fast enough or strongly enough to save their lives?
And he tweet-attacked San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz — from the comfort of his New Jersey golf course — for her “poor leadership,” while she’s wading through waist-deep water with a bullhorn to find hurricane victims who need help — help he’s not providing — to stay alive.
Some people believe he has the American people’s support because he was wildly cheered by his own supporters at a political rally in Alabama. I want to know why he was there at all, basking in those cheers, instead of working to save the suffering and dying American citizens in Puerto Rico. If this is leadership, we need to change our “so-called” leader to someone we can truly support.
EDITOR: Following in the wake of the horrific Las Vegas massacre, we now have countless opportunistic politicians and news show cognoscenti telling us what should be done to curb growing gun violence. Why do so many blame the tools of destruction and not address the underlying causes that desensitize the mind to tolerate (or, worse, imitate) such violent, despicable acts?
What simple things could be done? How about taxing profits from Hollywood producers for any grossly violent movie, video game or song where assault weapons, explosives, handguns or other killing instruments are glorified in non-stop killing sprees (seemingly a successful theme for boosting sales)?
I’m not sure when gratuitous violence really accelerated, but Californians might start by looking at our former governor (Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Commando”) as a template for the current industry profit model for movies. Do we really need more senselessly violent media if that might translate into more real life violence?
Bend the knee
EDITOR: Some people seem to have forgotten (or perhaps they never learned) that peacefully protesting the war in Vietnam was neither unpatriotic nor disrespectful. Likewise, when athletes and others peacefully protest racism and inequalities within our nation, those actions are neither unpatriotic nor disrespectful. Our flag and national anthem are symbols for promoting free speech, not suppressing it.
Sessions and speech
EDITOR: Your Sept. 28 editorial (“Is free speech really in such jeopardy?”), in an inelegant attempt to make a point, conflated two issues that are superficially similar but actually are quite different.
Moreover, you are wrong on the facts. There certainly is a free speech problem on many university campuses. Much of what I know about this subject, ironically, comes from reading The Press Democrat. If, as it now seems, the paper cannot be completely trusted on this matter, interested readers may want to Google the subject. They will find numerous articles and references, including from the ACLU, that confirm my point.