StarNews readers sounds off on columnist Pitts, the Electoral College and much more.
Was it wrong to fired Vindman?
I am appalled the president summarily dismissed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from his post on the National Security Council. His firing was petty and shows little regard for Vindman’s integrity and sense of duty.
Vindman’s appearance during the House impeachment proceedings took great courage. He detailed what he and millions of other Americans believe was a threat against our national security.
This isn’t the first time the president has insulted active or former members of the military. His animus against John McCain is well documented. Several retired generals, including former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and one-time White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, have endured undeserved insults designed to undermine their credibility and service to the nation.
The President can dismiss anyone he chooses to serve in his administration. But Trump’s classless attacks against members of the military whose only fault is they fell out of his favor are simply wrong.
Arthur Hill, Southport
Do the government care about us?
EDITOR: This administration has no concern for the health and safety of people in the United States and around the world.
The latest threat is the rollback of bans on land mines, which kill and maim civilians long after our military has left an area. Regulations to prevent water pollution and air pollution have been weakened. Our oceans, our national forests, endangered plants and wildlife are under siege, all in the name of freedom.
Yes, industries are free to expand without regard to consequences, free to increase their profits at the expense of our quality of life.
When will we stand up and say enough is enough? As individuals we must vote for the right to a safer, healthier world.
Kathleen Kitchings, Oak Island
EDITOR: A February 8 letter to the editor makes the claim that electing Trump will lead to four more years of “unpredictable Trump disasters.”
What “disasters” is he referring to? Low unemployment? Soaring stock market? Higher wages? Manufacturing companies coming back to the U.S.? ISIS being wiped out? Energy independence? Better trade deals?
Don’t know about everybody else, but I will take all of these disasters he can bring us.
In the same issue was a letter stating “I wonder how the elected Republican senators explain that they took an oath in the name of God knowing that they had no intention of keeping it.“
Uh hello, hate to bust her bubble, but the Democrats took the same oath. They have continuously been proven to be breaking this oath.
Tom Brinson, Wilmington
The politics of health care
EDITOR: Residents of New Hanover county are being blanketed by an expensive public relations campaign. Suddenly, it seems, people want our input into how to prepare our hospital for the future.
Two commercials during the Oscars don’t come cheap. This seems to be a sudden change of heart by those in positions of authority after the year of secret meetings and negotiations. Now, rather than being told that we are meddling in that which we don’t understand, we now hear that we should go to meetings where they set the agenda and we should go online and read the documents that they want us to see.
And, strangest of all, they want us to keep politics out of it. Let me remind Spence Broadhurst that the three people who decide how we will get our health care in the future, are politicians. Politics gave them the authority to make a major decision that will effect us for decades. And maybe we have more confidence in addressing this issue in the voting booth than by attending meetings, where we watch high priced consultants inform the Partnership Advisory Group that the profit motive is the best way to allocate health services for us all in the future.
Jock Brandis, Wilmington
Do Trump needs censuring?
EDITOR: President Trump claimed total exoneration, after being found not guilty by primarily Republican senators. However, prominent Republican senators including Lamar Alexander, Lisa Murkowski, Chuck Grassley and Susan Collins agreed with Democratic senators that the grounds for impeachment were valid but did not meet the grounds for Trump’s termination and removal from office.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin believes that the President meets the criteria for presidential censure and plans to propose a motion in the Senate for such censure. It is clear that Democratic senators would endorse such a motion and by their comments so would a number of Republican senators join such a motion – but will they?
Trump would clearly fight such a motion and would enlist Sen. Mitch McConnell and Republican senators to squelch such an effort. If through a miracle or political forces the motion reaches the Senate floor for a vote, Republican senators would face a “Romney moment.“ Could Republican senators actually state that all of the evidence that brought about President Trump during impeachment does not meet the criteria for censure?
Daniel Y. Patterson, Wilmington
Why was the Electoral College created?
EDITOR: I’s been fun reading multiple letters reviving the debate about the purpose of the Electoral College. Several of the letters have made the point that centers for large populations should not have more electoral power. Of course, the flip side of this argument is that smaller communities should.
Additionally, readers are applying a pretty modern interpretation to the purpose of the Electoral College, and ignoring the reason it was created, which was as a compromise to slave holding states.
Something else that many do not express is that our President is meant to represent all of the citizens, not units of land.
You have a city and county officials, a congressional representative, state legislators, two senators, and a governor to represent the place in which you live. It makes zero sense to suggest that the president be yet another official to represent the specific land you live on, rather than all of us.
And we all know the real reason for defending this nonsense isn’t out of some reverence for the Constitution or representative democracy, it is because Republicans can no longer field presidential candidates who can win a popular vote.
Matthew Howerton, Calabash
Did Trump fulfilled his campaign promises?
Leonard Pitts column “Hillary Clinton Was Right” shows the hypocrisy of the progressive Democrats. Basically they are saying President Trump supporters are less educated and support Trump to vindicate their biases and fears.
I hate to tell Pitts, and progressive elitists that some of the smartest people I know don’t have a college education.
One problem with a college education and I have one, is young students enter college and are influenced by liberal professors. I spent four years in the military before college and could see the one-sided teaching of these professors.
You could see the hate and anger in the faces of Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler and other progressive democrats at Trump’s State of the Union Address, and it was capped off with Pelosi tearing up Trump’s speech.
The main reason they hate Trump is because he has fulfilled most of his campaign promises with little help from the Democrats.Those promises were cutting taxes, rebuilding our military, securing our Southern border, lowering unemployment and replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Instead of Trump polarizing our country I think it is the progressive Democrats, never Trumpers and the MSM. All they think about is getting rid of Trump through any means possible.
Terry Shew, Wilmington