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Letters to the Editor, June 29 - July 2

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Trump, a great excuse to ‘light a fatty’

EDITOR: I thought when G.W. Bush was running the show that we’d reached the nadir in our grand experiment in democracy or a republic or whatever the hell we are, but I was far too quick to judgment. I did not foresee, or frankly even imagine, that George would be completely overshadowed by the bleached-blond apparition that now graces the D.C. stage.

Yeah, G.W. started totally unnecessary and monumentally stupid wars, but that had been done before. He could barely get out a comprehensive sentence if it wasn’t scripted, but he was eloquent in comparison to Trump, who in a normal world would just be considered bonkers and told to go to his room. Even in the business world, save for the mafia and circus clowns, people don’t act like that. Sure, Bush was in politics where out of your skull behavior can be a stepping stone to higher office, but Donald’s off-the-wall antics have set the bar to dizzying heights. Even Caligula would be impressed – and his running mate was a horse.

Think about it: Each new day brings a challenge to the mind what new bizarre, gob-smacking utterance will come out of those pursed lips or patently insane pronouncements will be launched defying the basic laws of reason and logic. This is now a daily, sometimes hourly occurrence, as regular as meals or bathroom breaks. “Did you hear what Trump said (or did) today,” you ask your mate or a friend and then wait for the latest inanity. It’s like some lunatic game show from another galaxy or Mad magazine come to life. Gotta hand it to Blondie, he’s gained the attention of just about everyone on the planet except the certifiably insane who thinks he’s just another inmate from down the hall.

So the next time you think, well, it can’t get any crazier than this – just turn on your TV and consider who is running our country and what might be coming next. If he was just a source of amusement it would be one thing, but this excuse for a human being mimics the disabled, criminally abuses women, berates our allies while praising lawless dictators and approves removing and jailing children away from their families seeking asylum.

If that’s not reason to grab the nearest opioid or light a big fatty, I can’t come up with a better one.

Will Shonbrun

Boyes Springs

Kidnapping and abuse: A-OK in USA

EDITOR: I thought kidnapping children was against the law.

I thought abusing children was against the law.

When did the laws change?

Gary Hermes

Sonoma

Our ancestors were all ‘illegal’ immigrants

EDITOR: The legal definition of kidnapping is generally defined as the abduction of another person by force with the intent to hold them for ransom or reward or use them as a shield or hostage. For example, to deter illegal immigrants from entering the U.S by taking away children from those families that have already entered illegally with official announcements from the President that they will be returned when he has the immigration policy he wants.

The President has also announced that all illegal immigrants caught will be charged with a crime and immediately deported to the country of their origin without any due process. Perhaps he should know that the the Bill of Rights applies to everyone, even illegal immigrants. So an immigrant, legal or illegal, prosecuted under the criminal code has the right to due process, a speedy and public trial, and other rights protected by the Fifth and Sixth amendments. In addition, even if the illegal immigrants are only facing deportation they still have some rights. They are entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge, representation by a lawyer (but not one that’s paid for by the government), and interpretation for non-English-speakers. The government must provide “clear and convincing” evidence to deport someone, not including that they are not the right color and they are impoverished and uneducated. We should not forget that many of our own ancestors came with one pair of pants, and enough money in thier pocket to get them to the friend or relative that would put them up until they could find their own way. But what was different then was that they had a chance to build a life for themselves, to rise out of poverty, to educate themselves and, especially, to be free of the daily fear of violence which has driven some many people to our shores.

J. Figueroa

Sonoma