Tuesday’s Letters to the Editor
US to use land mines
EDITOR: Are you paying attention? Donald Trump has lifted the ban on using land mines by our military. Is there anyone in our country supportive of this? We need a bipartisan vote on this now.
Look around at our maimed veterans. Car bombs are land mines. Who will we use them on? What about collateral damage (a wonderful term meant to cover up the killing of women and children)?
Kill my kid or my cousin’s kid, and I will become a terrorist!
But wait, maybe we can use land mines to protect our southern border. If it takes a year to construct 400 miles of wall fence, we can mine the entire border in a couple of months. A few instances of collateral damage, and no one will want to cross!
Think of how many terrorists that would create.
Let us get real and end this madness.
The Sea Ranch
Skilled worker shortage
EDITOR: The lack of skilled workers has been many years in the making (“Tough to build without workers,” Feb. 1). Shop classes closed and added academic requirements for high school graduation. College degrees are all well and good, but our society needs people who are trained to build the things that are used every day. It is hard to imagine ordering a house on Amazon.
EDITOR: The standards of truth and political behavior acceptable in our national government decline daily. The Republican Party has been reshaped by a shameful president, and I fear he would demolish the four Democratic front-runners.
Voters in a national election won’t buy Bernie Sanders’ and Elizabeth Warren’s “Medicare for All.” The hint of free college tuition and open borders would torpedo their candidacy.
Joe Biden has good political chops, but they have passed their use-by date. In a presidential debate, Donald Trump would make mincemeat of Biden’s deteriorating acuity.
The laser intelligence of Pete Buttigieg is a bright light. His public and military service are solid. But they are too brief and local to stand up in a national presidential campaign.
Amy Klobuchar has an unparalleled record of effectiveness and electability. Her platform is practical with broad appeal. She gained national respect for her nerves of steel in the face of hostile aggression by Brett Kavanaugh in his Supreme Court nomination hearings.
Klobuchar has the smarts we need in a president, the pragmatic agenda we need in a candidate and the electoral skills to beat Trump. So join me in supporting Klobuchar for president.
Republic at risk
EDITOR: Republican senators gave our country to a ruthless president who repeats Vladimir Putin’s propaganda, lies constantly and has refused to admit Russia’s interference in the 2016 election though it was confirmed by 17 U.S. intelligence agencies.
Donald Trump can now do anything he wants. Republican senators have given him unfettered power, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ensures their complete obedience.
The winners of their dereliction of duty are Putin, Rupert Murdoch, McConnell and Mark Zuckerberg. Russia is attacking us again while cybersecurity bills passed by the House sit on McConnell’s desk where they will stay since Trump won’t sign them.