The Nunes memo
EDITOR: I read the Devin Nunes memo (“GOP releases secret memo,” Saturday). There is little of any substance. When did it become unethical or illegal for the Democrats to hire a consultant to investigate Donald Trump’s campaign, and why is it wrong for them to share their findings with the FBI?
It turns out that Carter Page and his boss, Paul Manafort, were up to their eyeballs in potentially criminal Russia-related activities, and it was the right thing to catch them in the act. Both have been indicted.
Is the FBI biased? The facts show that it was doing its job and suggest that these two are crooks who should go to jail for a long time.
Behind the memo
EDITOR: In the Sunday edition, Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Robert Costa shed new light on the disputed memo pushed by Republicans in Congress that accuses the FBI and the Justice Department of conspiring to bring down President Donald Trump (“GOP defying federal authority”).
The attack on our federal justice system is rooted in conspiracy theories concocted by “news outlets” such as Fox News and pro-Trump components. Conservative luminaries such as Paul Ryan, Devin Nunes and Rudy Giuliani, to name a few, agree on a punitive investigation into our federal justice system.
But a stronger measure was suggested by Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, who says there is convincing evidence of treason by James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein, which is punishable by death.
All of this is snowballing out of hand — and deliberately so. Just days ago, Trump was pressed by reporters whether he would fire Rosenstein. He responded, “you figure that one out.”
Here’s the problem: Trump should have delivered a more coherent response. The American voters placed themselves in Trump’s hands for the duration of his presidency. And what do we get in return? Butterfingers!
In the midst of a constitutional crisis, we deserved better.
Curing spinal injuries
EDITOR: The tragic accident experienced by Carson Pforsich is all too common, with about 12,000 people experiencing such injuries annually in the U.S. and an estimated 1.3 million living with disabilities as a result of spinal cord injuries (“Hurt teen’s inspiring journey to recovery,” Sunday).
Fortunately, in 2004, 59 percent of California voters approved Proposition 71, the California stem cell research and cures initiative, which created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
The institute funds stem cell research in the state, and spinal cord injury became the first condition targeted in a human clinical trial using cells made from embryonic stem cells.
Since then, much has happened in finding cures for a long list of diseases, including spinal cord injury, where studies are currently underway. Check out cirm.ca.gov to learn more about how stem cells are helping people recover from similar accidents. Short prognosis: There is hope. Best wishes to Carson for his continued recovery.
Sharing the road
EDITOR: In reference to Sheila Lichirie’s letter (“Bikes and cars,” Jan. 27) expressing outrage at cyclists for taking the lane, I too am a cyclist and find it astonishing that Lichirie seems to imply that it’s unsafe to take the lane while riding a bike.