Saturday’s Letters to the Editor
Roaring toward disaster
EDITOR: The president loves to rave about the roaring economy, and those who support him clap with glee. As with many things coming out of this administration, it is a based on false premises.
I will only mention three concerns. First, by all but eliminating science from the Environmental Protection Agency, and bulldozing toward deregulating the protections we need for safety and the health of the planet, discharged carbons will continue to accelerate.
Second, the so-called middle-class tax cut, which benefited the wealthy and big business, has deficits soaring. The dishing out haphazardly of tariffs has the administration giving our tax money to farmers who didn’t want these tariffs in the first place.
Lastly, the assault on our workforce, especially the immigrants and lower-rung folks, will leave vital work undone. Who will clean the hotel rooms, cook the food served in restaurants or pick the food from the farms?
By ignoring the consequences of these policies, the economy is roaring toward disaster. This is just a hunch, but in two years, by the end of this term, even the GOP base may be ready for the incredible repair work that will need to happen.
NOEL J. O’NEILL
Rendering a verdict
EDITOR: In a recent letter, the writer casts doubt on Christine Blasey Ford’s “100 percent” certain identification of Brett Kavanaugh as the person who sexually assaulted her (“The verdict,” Thursday). The writer believes Kavanaugh is innocent of Ford’s charge and concludes: “What verdict would you render as a jury member?”
When the background investigation was reopened by Sen. Jeff Flake, it’s unfortunate that the White House restricted its scope, with the result that the FBI only interviewed nine persons over five days. It appears that more than 40 additional persons — including high school friends and college roommates — had been identified as potential witnesses.
Several of the potential witnesses (not interviewed by the FBI) have given their accounts in public, and their accounts differ substantially with many of Kavanaugh’s statements given under oath.
It will be catastrophic if Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate and solid proof emerges over the next few months that Ford’s charge was true or that Kavanaugh committed perjury before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Obviously, either Ford or Kavanaugh is lying. Based on their testimony, I believe Ford.
False allure of debt
EDITOR: It is sad to see the Press Democrat editorial board unable to pass on endorsing any tax increase. Bond measures are just that, but the horrible part is that they enable us to enjoy the benefits now, while our children pay the taxes later.
At the same time, bonds send billions of dollars in profits for the bondholders and sellers. So while that act of compassion seems wonderful, realize that the majority of your money will go to the wealthiest Americans or institutions that buy the bonds, which are often used to offset their income taxes as the profits from the interest are tax free.
If these ideas are indeed solid ones, then let’s increase our current taxes and pay for them ourselves. We have already given $21 trillion of debt to our offspring; there is no justification for any more.