Looking for unity
EDITOR: The country is at a turning point. We read of neighbors shouting at neighbors for playing ethnic music (“Spanish music ignites conflict,” Saturday). The schism is widening, and the one cheerleading the growing split is our president.
This failure to unite falls right into the president’s lap. He is creating a toxic atmosphere in the country with his insults, slanders, untruths and, sadly, his never-ending bullying of anyone who isn’t aligned with him.
The presidential role historically has been to unite people. He should be working toward bringing opposing viewpoints together and seeking compromise to solve our country’s problems. Unfortunately, he continues to do just the opposite.
Those opposed to Donald Trump also need to be more open. For example, his tariffs just might get China to conduct international business on a fairer level. Let’s see if tariffs bring that about or prove to be damaging.
Turnout of eligible voters (not counting the millions who don’t register to vote) has been dismal for years. Everyone needs to vote, and we need to elect consensus and compromise candidates, not those from the far left and far right. Haven’t we yet learned that this isn’t working? We’re running out of time, America. We must all vote.
Breaking a promise
EDITOR: To hear that the Trump administration is discharging immigrants who enlisted under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, instituted during the Bush administration, is just another sign of the anti-immigrant fervor this president has brought to this country (“Military discharges stun immigrants,” Saturday).
The military accessions program promised a path to citizenship for those willing to enlist and serve. Many had skills our military needed and wanted. Now they are getting booted.
Some of these immigrants are now labeled as security risks while our president swoons over the likes of Vladimir Putin, Rodrigo Duterte and Kim Jong Un.
As a U.S. Army veteran who enlisted as an immigrant, I am disgusted with this action and the breaking of a promise. This is shameful.
This move, along with the many other wrongheaded policies of this administration, reinforces the verdict that this man is unsuited to be president. He is undermining our nation and its values.
JACOB W. BOUDEWIJN
Rent and rent control
EDITOR: I was just watching the evening news, specifically a report on rents. This report stated that San Francisco has the highest rents in the world — in the world. Let that sink in. San Francisco also has rent control. How’s that working?
EDITOR: It’s hard to keep up with the outrages of this administration, but I try, as I feel that the first job of being a citizen is to pay attention.
Every day more of our democracy is threatened as our president, who imagines himself to be king, makes heedless decisions of serious consequence.
I recently read of how President Donald Trump was outfoxed by North Korea, which, of course, he will never admit. Rather, he hints that he deserves a Nobel Prize. We all remember him saying that he didn’t need to prepare for his summit with Kim Jong Un.