Letters to the editor: July 7

Not the cartoonists’ job

I was amused at Mr. Lang’s objection to cartoonists who beat up Republican presidents, but in his rambling screed, he misses the point. It is not cartoonists’ job to tell an entire story — that is the work of the Opinion columns. Good cartoonists simply amplify a portion of an issue.

There is a rich field of social issues for the cartoonist to choose from as the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue fertilizes it with barrages of inane tweets, many of which “breeds more than enough division,” as the counselor puts it. Admittedly, there is a good possibility that Rob Rogers and other cartoonists who point out the shortcomings of the current president will cause about 40 percent of the newspaper-reading population some heartburn. But the job of the cartoonist is to make people THINK.

One other thing: I have been reading the Opinion pages of the MMT for around 40 years, and I do not recall reading any whining by Mr. Lang when cartoonists were beating up Bill Clinton or Barack Obama ... why was that?

Jack Ashcraft

Illustrator and cartoonist


Disagreeing, but learning

It occurred to me some time ago that there was an influx of articles written by men I had never heard of and written without depth or serious content. It made me wonder what happened to Charles Krauthammer whose articles I rarely agreed with but who certainly knew how to make an intelligent point.

It always puzzled me when a reader would write in and complain about Leonard Pitts or someone else they didn’t agree with. I thought if you don’t like the content don’t read it.

That’s often what I did with Charles if I was offended. But then one of the last articles I read made me realize this eminent gentleman wrote with intelligence and integrity when he made a point regarding Trump that put everything in perspective. It was about Trump’s infamous Hollywood tapes and said it was not the locker room talk but the lock her up that was indefensible.

Yes, we can learn from those with whom we often disagree. And yes, I do miss this man of honor. And I do appreciate conservative writers Michael Gerson, George Will and Kathleen Parker.

Barbara Dallas


Lake of fire awaiting?

I’ve been noticing a tendency for some of our more deeply devoted Christian brethren to threaten us liberals with a “burning lake of fire” if we don’t conform to their ideology. In the small Lutheran church I attended as a child, I cannot remember feeling constrained by this kind of wrath. My most vivid memory is a banner that read “God is Love” hanging next to the altar. So I consulted a King James Version Bible and found that indeed, in Revelation 21:8, such a lake imperils the very worst of us (as in “whoremongers” ahem-hem?).

Considering we have a leader with the apparent emotional maturity of an 8-year-old who excels in glorifying despots, alienating our closest allies, ginning up his base with falsehoods and emboldening hateful extremists, with no real plan to recover several thousands of missing children, I have to wonder if we’re already hovering dangerously over that burning lake of fire.

LJ Zinkand


Democrats’ true agenda

The separation of children of illegal immigrants from their parents is indeed a sad situation and nobody, including Trump, likes it. The liberal mainstream media love to deluge us with horrific pictures and stories of detained children at the border, exploiting them in order to promulgate anti-Trump rhetoric. Deceptively, some of the pictures you’ve been seeing lately are from Obama era detentions.

In 1997, as the immigration surge approached crisis levels, the Clinton administration entered into something called the Flores Settlement Agreement, which spelled out the way the insurgents were to be treated. Now they are blaming Trump for the ensuing chaos.

Republicans are drafting legislation seeking to change the situation, but Democrats are stalemating their efforts. Why? Recognize what’s going on here. They don’t care about the children as much as they want to foster more animosity for Trump. This is their true agenda. And with the media’s full complicity, their plan is working effectively.

I’m not sure which frustrates me more, the reckless act of bringing children and families into a contentious and dangerous situation (when a safe and legal process exists), or the deafening silence of the press on this lack of personal responsibility.

Mark Giuntini


Power for whom?

In the June 28th edition of MT Doug Dusenberry eloquently stated his endorsement of Mr. Trump’s “returning power to the individual.” My question to you is, is that just for men?. What about taking away the rights of individual women to choose their own reproductive rights?

Hmmm. He certainly doesn’t hear the voices of the individual poor and low-wage earners and those in need of affordable health care. Where is Mr. Trump’s (I can’t call him president) concern for those individuals?

J.E. Tibbals


Same old story

The Mail Tribune is right; electromagnetic radiation is everywhere. Made visible, it would appear as smog, like other airborne pollutants which affect our health and well-being.

Risks are overblown they say. We know this story — industry and its captive agencies have this repeated habit of overstating benefits and safety while understating potential harms and inadequate research. A short list of past industry culprits all promoted as safe — lead, mercury, smoking, agent orange, DDT just to name a few.

The unsafe levels for smart meter radiation set by the FCC are so unscientifically, absurdly high you could have a smart meter installed in your ear and it would be deemed safe. Of course this is hyperbole. What data could be collected from a smart meter in your ear? Who would want to know what you are thinking?

What I find egregious is the obscene costs for opting out of smart meters. If on a fixed income or disability payments, these penalties amount to extortion. You are forced to choose between precious dollars or your health, which is priceless. Even the rapacious drug industry offers financial assistance to those who cannot afford what is prescribed to its consumers.

Michael Framson


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