Letters to the Editor, Jan. 2

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 2

Trump has done little

The letter from Mitch Rofter published on Dec. 28 assumes much that is unjustified, namely, that all the positive developments he lists are somehow the result of policies put in place by the Trump administration.

In fact, most are simply a progression of the trends started during the Obama administration. Until the recently passed tax legislation, there have been no major legislative moves that significantly affected those trends.

Even many of Trump's much vaunted Executive Orders that reverse some restrictive regulations have not even been put into place yet. Let us see in one year what this new legislation will do. Meanwhile, we still have to suffer the slings and arrows of an arrogant bully.

James R. Ruston


Integrity on the line

It’s time to call in the facts in front of us and confront this administration with the reality of the times. Forget “fake news”, and simply acknowledge what’s going on.

Michael Flynn is cooperating with the Mueller investigation leading to a crisis unknown since Watergate. If and when Trump fires Mueller we will face the greatest constitutional crisis of our generation.

The integrity of our republic is on the line and we all must be prepared to act.

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty” — Thomas Jefferson

Jim Akins


Kiwanis says thanks

During the five weeks leading up to Christmas 2017, the Kiwanis Club of Ashland raised funds by selling See’s candies near Bi-Mart in Ashland. We made a net profit of nearly $5,500 to help us benefit the many youth programs that we support.

Ashland Kiwanis sends a big thank you to the general public for their generosity in buying candy and in supporting our children’s programs. Kiwanis also thanks the Ashland Lions Club for the use of their trailer during the sale, and Yuan Yuan Restaurant for the use of their parking space for the trailer.

Ron Parker

Kiwanis Club of Ashland

A long, strange year

What a long, strange year it’s been! Republicans can finally say they did something: They slapped together a partisan tax cut for their corporate donors with no hearings or public input.

They also fulfilled their dream of taking health care from the poor by sabotaging the insurance markets and allowing the Children’s Health Insurance Program to expire. Never let it be said they can’t govern.

The question is whether they can survive Trump. His bird-brained tweets and rabble-rousing rhetoric have offended women, minorities, Gold Star families, friends, foes — nearly everyone except the alt-right and Vladimir Putin. “America First” is his version of “Britain First,” the British hate group whose racist propaganda he disseminated, earning praise from the KKK and condemnation from our allies. An unhinged president who delights in fomenting anger, hatred and intolerance is a far greater threat to our republic than immigration or terrorism.

Now Republicans have joined in Trump’s psychotic attacks against our free press, Mueller and the FBI. They are oblivious or indifferent to the harm they’re causing our nation, but voters aren’t. As we saw in Alabama, when enough people decide to do the right thing, anything is possible — even leaders with heart.

Michael Steely



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