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Letters, Aug. 20

About Trump, of course

I know Trump haters, Trump lovers, and people like me. Many of us will vote for Trump though dismayed at things he says and does. But he does some things right, which lists I will leave to others, but include canceling the Iran agreement in which Obama gave so much to his favorite tyrants.

We have no better choice, considering the power-seeking and oppression by entrenched bureaucracy and bureaucrats’ co-conspirator candidates.

We don’t like Trump’s Obama-like imperial presidency.

We are appalled at a press that examines every word for what they can condemn and distort.

Sometimes we laugh at celebrities and commentators who fear the end of the world if by any corrupt means, they can’t quickly get rid of Trump.

We are disgusted at Democratic opposition to any judge who respects the Constitution. In 1813, my great-great grandfather died to defend that Constitution. I don’t understand how Constitution-manglers ever got into our courts.

Ira Edwards



An image appears: it’s a boxer, being hammered and pounded around the ring by a merciless opponent. The harried boxer is our dear planet Earth, pummeled by bouts of extreme weather: storms and flooding; or heat, drought, wildfire and smoke. A technical knockout seems to be at hand.

Is there hope? We don’t know for sure, but an election looms. Elections really do have consequences.

The denier-in-chief is not on the ballot this time, but many of his supporters, climate-change enablers, are. Here’s an alternative vision: the merciless weather events are the same, but the staggering boxer represents the climate-change deniers, backed by their seconds — those climate-change enablers — all “encouraged” by funding from fossil-fuel interests and lobbyists.

Isn’t it well past time to truly “drain the swamp” of those who refuse to recognize the reality of climate science, and replace them with representatives of the people (and the Earth) who know the technology exists to stem the tide of global warming and extreme weather? The peril is ever more apparent. Business as usual, championed by a market economy and growing profits, isn’t working. We need new members in Congress with backbones to insist on a new way forward.

John Kloetzel


Not so clear-cut

As a recent emigre from California, I agree with some of Carl Worden’s criticisms. However, many of his general assertions are untrue.

California roads are terrible, at least partly because Republicans blocked taxes to address it.

Taxes may be high but, under Democrat Jerry Brown, California is now the fifth largest economy in the world. Since the Great Recession, blue states have fared better than red ones. A recent economic analysis found that blue state GDPs have grown 3.5 percent faster than red state GDPsv (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3117556).

An analysis of all states’ fiscal health by George Mason University (a conservative bastion), includes very red Kentucky in the five unhealthiest states. The below average states include red Arizona, Michigan, West Virginia, Louisiana and Pennsylvania — though there are more blue states than red in the lower levels.

Of recent Presidents, only Bill Clinton had a budget surplus. All the Republicans, including the current one, have increased the country’s debt. (Obama’s debt increase came in the days of saving the country from the economic crash due to the deregulation of the financial industry. In later years he was reducing the deficit.)

It’s not so clear-cut as Carl would have it.

Ron Constable


Napa Valley

Just read Carla Fracchia Jamison’s excellent summary about Napa Valley growth. The one thing she left out is, outside of Napa Valley, wine country tours are known as drunk driving.

Mike Sowers


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