Trump, GOP are hypocrites
Stealing a line from Yogi Berra, "this feels like deja vu all over again." Republicans created a special council to investigate Clinton on Whitewater. Four years and millions of dollars later, they found he lied about an affair. Nothing to do with Whitewater, but Republicans were so offended the House impeached him. They said a man with those kind of morals can't lead our country.
Now those same hypocrites support a man with no morals. From his affair with a porn star right after his wife gave birth to their son, to his lying. I just don't understand how you can pray for guidance and feel led to support a liar, fraud, and panderer.
I don't think Jesus would take children from their parents, no matter what. But I haven't received my King Donald version of the Bible yet. I still use the King James translation.
Trump uses pardons to position himself
Donald Trump's use of executive pardon is a brilliant, cynical ploy. It undermines confidence in our institutions by calling attention to travesties of justice. It undercuts the judiciary and increases the power of the executive. It normalizes this practice so that when he uses it to get his cronies, and possibly himself, out of trouble, it won't seem so shocking. It buttresses his main argument that everyone but himself is corrupt and that only he can help us. It potentially mollifies African- Americans, the segment of society that has most consistently opposed him. It distracts the population from the crimes he and his henchmen have committed and are committing.
We are in deep trouble, folks. Trump knows well the lesson of history that the most effective way for a dictator to come to power is by destroying faith in the institutions of society and positioning himself as the only hope. Perhaps he is more shortsighted than this and his only goal is to remain in power for eight years. But the damage he will have done to the rule of law, our society, and America itself, will be his enduring legacy.
Herbert K. Lea
If we build it, we must maintain it
I walk downtown regularly, so I notice when the infrastructure there needs attention. A few months ago, I emailed the city to say the lights on the north end of the Walnut Street Bridge and on the boardwalk along the waterfront had been out for ages. Two days later, the lights were on.
Perhaps the bridge problem goes beyond resetting a tripped circuit or replacing light bulbs — as I write, the north end of the bridge is dark again — but that quick fix made me wonder whether we can't simply repair the lights we have. They look nice when they're working.
If the system must be replaced, let's not invest in infrastructure we can't or won't maintain. As it is, the First Street elevator is an ugly exoskeleton. The Passage, which we built and then rebuilt, is dry, as are the water cannons at Ross's Landing and the sidewalk fountains in front of the aquarium. Red stamped-concrete crosswalks are routinely "repaired" with globs of black asphalt (check out Tremont and Frazier).
Bottom line: If we're not going to keep it up, we shouldn't do it in the first place. We could put that money to better use.