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The current political climate is limiting these opportunities while promoting an atmosphere of distrust and fear. American ideals are left out of the decisions made by the current administration in Washington. Lamenting this national disgrace won’t change things. We must bring the disaffected non-voters and the young into a participatory government.

Trying to influence our brother and sister citizens who voted for the current president isn’t productive, as is seen by their unwavering support for him despite all the evidence of wrongdoing and deceit. We can invigorate our system by registering young people to vote, by promoting election of responsible representatives and by fostering inclusion, thereby restoring our shared societal values and realizing a more positive future for all Americans.

SALLY C. EVANS

Cloverdale

Dubious claims

EDITOR: In my experience, the more someone feels it necessary to pontificate about how great their accomplishments are, how much they know, how smart they are or how much everyone admires them, the less likely that any of those things are actually true. An argument could certainly be made that this observation is applicable to the current resident of the White House.

In a similar vein, don’t you find it just a little suspicious when someone constantly, and often out of context, insists that they didn’t do something? For example, in a recent interview with a New York Times reporter, Donald Trump stated 16 times during the 30-minute session, without being specifically asked about it, that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia. Hmm, 16 times. As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

MIKE BEAVERS

Santa Rosa

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