Forum, Jan. 10: Trump Is a Loathsome Human Being

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Trump Is a Loathsome Human Being

Recently I was reading a novel by Dorothy Sayers and came upon a characterization that reminded me of Donald Trump: “(He wraps) himself in the dim aura of importance which always surrounds the man who has handled — however incapably — large sums of money.”

I can’t watch Trump speak on television; the man literally nauseates me. I doubt that I am the only American who finds nothing “shocking” (to use congressional Republican terminology) in the observations about Trump expressed in personal emails between an FBI agent and his girlfriend.

Trump is a loathsome human being who is completely unqualified for the position of president of the United States and should certainly never have been voted into office. He truly is one of the most awful human beings to ever achieve a position of great political power in the United States.

To support my position, I’ll quote from the editorial board of USA Today: “Donald Trump, the man … is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed. ... If recent history is any guide, the unique awfulness of the Trump era in U.S. politics is only going to get worse. Trump’s utter lack of morality, ethics and simple humanity has been underscored during his 11 months in office.”

Another reason I can’t listen to Trump is that it offends me to be blatantly lied to (Republican members of Congress are offensive in this respect, also — especially with respect to the immoral and corrupt tax plan they just passed). Trump therefore nauseates me on many levels. It’s more than a sensitive person can take.

Alice Morrison

Newbury, Vt.

Oppose the ‘No More Parks Act’

This is an alert: The GOP has created a new bill to reform and reshape our national lands — H.R. 3990, the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act.” The name is completely misleading and deceptive. It should be called, “No More Parks Act.”

The bill was created by Utah’s Rep. Rob Bishop, the same person who helped dismantle Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

H.R. 3990 is being co-sponsored by eight other Republican representatives: Colorado’s Doug Lamborn, California’s Tom McClintock, Arizona’s Paul Gosar, California’s Doug LaMalfa, Arkansas’s Bruce Westerman, Alaska’s Don Young, and Utah’s Chris Stewart and John Curtis.

The bill would prohibit the president from creating new national monuments larger than 85,000 acres and add a requirement that all state and county officials approve their creation.

Without their approval, new monuments would be limited to a tiny fraction of that size — 640 acres if within 50 miles of another monument, and 5,000 acres if not.

Please speak up and call your representatives through the Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121) and tell them to vote no on H.R. 3990.

Our national lands are created to be treasures for future generations, and should not be minimum lots located between corporate mining or drilling sites.

Carol Perera Weingeist


Stop Glorifying a Barbaric Practice

During the last year the Valley News has published two lengthy articles on trapping. Both have been enthusiastic about this barbaric practice — although one article did include an interview with the organization ProtectOurWildlife.org.

Then, a couple of weeks before Christmas, on the front page, there was a picture of a trapper handling an empty trap — an instrument from the Dark Ages that kills animals in the cruelest of ways. I have never thought such a subject was deserving of the front page of a newspaper.

I respect the fact that the Valley News tries to be fair in its content and I therefore feel that it is incumbent upon this paper to inform its readers of the negative side of trapping.

Tell your readers about the abysmal horrors of what these baited traps do to innocent animals and the gruesome ways they die while caught in them (including being stomped on), and then list the many ways traps are harmful to wildlife — and sometimes to domestic pets. Lastly, please answer the question of why these cruelties are allowed to be practiced on wild animals but not on domestic ones — all animals are sentient beings.

Let’s stop glorifying a practice that has no place in civilized society.

Rosalind Finn

South Strafford

It’s Time for Action

First: Pass legislation requiring candidates or nominees for the U.S, Supreme Court, Congress and the presidency to provide at least three years of their federal income tax returns for public information prior to their appointment or election.

This information could eliminate the need for years of investigations or ill-advised choices.

Second: Decide the status of “Dreamers.” Don’t embroil it in the budget battles or any eventual immigration bill. Pick a date and say any child born in the U.S. by that date will be granted citizenship. Then change the process that allows children citizenship simply on the basis of their having been born on U.S. soil.

That includes children of “tourists” who travel here when pregnant, give birth here, automatically obtain American citizenship for that child, and then return to their home countries only to have their children eligible for the many benefits of U.S. citizenship, including the ability to study, live, work and immigrate here as adults without waiting in line like everyone else. Children would assume the citizenship of their mothers.

Third: Portions of the Southern border already have a wall, which is routinely defeated by massive tunneling. There is no reason to believe a new multibillion-dollar structure would not also be breached. Amazon has been experimenting with the delivery of products via drones.

If we waste billions on building a wall we can expect drug dealers to take advantage of this new technology as well. Then, instead of ranchers who occupy lands along the border living in fear, we are likely to see those extensive land holdings grow more attractive to illegal drug distributors who wish to position themselves to easily receive these airborne packages.

There are consequences to every decision we make or fail to make and Congress would be well advised to consider them thoroughly prior to deciding and taking appropriate action.

Kathie Romano

West Lebanon