Trump in Puerto Rico
EDITOR: It was appalling to see our president tossing paper towels to Puerto Ricans who need food, water, medicine and electricity. It appeared to be an effort to minimize the devastation in Puerto Rico and say that a few paper towels will clean up the mess.
I wonder how he would feel if he didn’t have electricity or a phone for two weeks. Could he survive two weeks without Twitter, much less without adequate food and water?
He says we are doing a fabulous job in Puerto Rico. He sent them 2 million meals. That sounds like a lot until you realize that would feed about half of the people living there one meal. Forget three meals a day. How about even one meal a day, not one meal in two weeks?
And saying that Puerto Rico is not so bad off since Katrina killed more people? Is that supposed to make Puerto Ricans who have nothing feel better? Or blaming them for our budget problems? Did he do that in Texas or Florida? I thought presidents were supposed to be inspiring in response to tragedies. It is truly embarrassing to have Donald Trump as our president.
Highway 12 traffic
EDITOR: Continuing Highway 12 eastbound over Spring Lake made sense. Highway 12 via Farmers Lane? Nonsense.
EDITOR: I applaud columnist David Brooks’ attempt at a high-overview look at the Trump years (“Trump: The Abbie Hoffman of the right,” Saturday). However, there is a message within that is deeply troubling: this idea of an “educated elite” class of people who are adversaries of the working poor. It’s not a message of Brooks’ making, it’s been around a very long time, but it is disingenuous to continue to incite this notion.
Considering myself to be both well-educated and of the working class, there’s nothing more irritating than this idea that being more educated makes me an enemy of the less educated or the poor. On the contrary, my goal and our country’s goal should be to provide a quality education for everyone. And I have yet to meet a well-educated person who thinks otherwise.
Rather than pitting educated against less educated, our politicians should be concentrating on providing quality education for all. How else can we hope or expect to employ, feed and house all people to a more equal and higher standard of living? Think along the lines of “no child left behind” and “equal opportunity.” These should be our highest priorities, with the teeth and funding to make them succeed.
A swarm of yellow jackets
EDITOR: This is in response to the Sept. 26 article headlined “North Korea threatens US warplanes.” Congress should give the president a time-out and take his phone. As for North Korea, they are like yellow jackets. They are annoying, but leave them alone. If you try to hit them, they will sting you, thus causing what you’re trying to avoid.
Inaction on gun violence
EDITOR: Fifty-eight people mowed down in an American city by a white American citizen who had an arsenal of rifles and semi-automatic guns. Are we shocked and horrified? Yes, kind of, but mostly feeling numb and helpless in the wake of this kind of news.