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Letters to the Editor, March 17 - 20


This is how Trump keeps us safe

EDITOR: In response to Ms. Fournier’s letter (“City Council Is Causing Hysteria,” Feb. 24) I am concerned about her statement that, “the President is taking steps to protect us all.” Based on his words and actions, protecting the American people is very low on Mr. Trump’s list of self-serving priorities. On Saturday, Jan. 28 when U.S. commandos were experiencing heavy fire in a Yemeni village, 20 minutes into the raid Mr. Trump responded to his first high-risk operation by tweeting: “I will be interviewed by @TheBrodyFile on @CBNNews tonight at 11pm. Enjoy!” Ten minutes later a Navy SEAL lost his life in the firefight.

Donald Trump will not protect us or keep us safe. He does not have the strength of character or the desire to be honorable in that way. On his first visit to the CIA, while standing in front of the Memorial Wall of Agency Heroes, Mr. Trump chose to give an offensive speech, which detailed his battle with the media and his inflated inauguration numbers. Attending CIA officers and agents, who actually do keep us safe, were astonished by the charlatan-in-chief’s comments and complete disregard of their service to our country and sacrifices made by 117 fallen agents.

Taking our safety seriously is what is required of a national leader. Mr. Trump takes two things very seriously: protecting his wealth and marketing his own brand, himself. He will spin, distort, and lie to anyone who will listen – to scare them into believing his motives are otherwise. He uses fear to progress his personal and very dark vision. Trump’s Senior Strategist Stephen Bannon has been quoted as telling the Hollywood Reporter, “darkness is good.”

“Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power,” said Bannon. “It only helps us when they (liberals) get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”

Being afraid of terrorists is natural. But Ms. Fournier, “most of us” did not vote for him and we are not blind to what they are doing.

Kate McClintock

Sonoma

What would President Bartlet do?

EDITOR: As President Trump is reputedly a great fan of television, I have a recommendation for him. Watch Season One of “The West Wing.” I have started re-watching it after many years and have been reminded of how instructive it is about how things actually work in the government, especially in the relationship of the executive branch with the Congress and the interaction with the National Security Council. Perhaps President Trump’s recent experiences will lead him to appreciate the wisdom of seasoned hands and the necessity of listening to people who disagree with him. No one is ever prepared fully to be the President of the United States. It is a job like no other. The test is whether the incumbent acknowledges that no one person whatever his/her gifts always has the right answers. That, however, requires that the incumbent has voices in the proximity that are willing to speak truth to power. The General Kelly episode has been a very rough beginning to this administration. Will lessons be learned and adjustments made? Will the cell phones be put away in public and tweets be filtered by advisors with experience in foreign affairs? The United States of American remains the most important country in the world. It must have a serious, credible foreign policy staffed by people with the experience and understanding to lead us in these difficult times. Right now it does not. Our security as a nation depends on next moves.

Kate Schertz, Retired Foreign Service Officer United States Department of State

Sonoma

The pendulum has swung

EDITOR: To shield those that have broken the law, and flout our nation’s laws by remaining here is a dangerous precedent at best (“Sonoma City Council Hears Calls for ‘Sanctuary City,’” Feb. 17). The pendulum has swung, the citizens of our country are tired of it, and the best scenario for our politicians is loss of revenue. What should happen is the prosecution of those that shield those among us that are here illegally. That would be refreshing. No one, including myself, is against immigration, legal immigration.

Why don’t you address the costs involved with illegal immigrants? Doesn’t fit your narrative perhaps?

Michael Nispuruk

Sonoma