Printed Letters: May 18, 2017
Predator study a waste of taxpayer dollars
Tax money well spent? Regarding the predator study, I can save taxpayers some money. I have the conclusion of the study already figured out: Bears and lions get hungry. When they are hungry, they will eat mule dear fawns. So, let’s see if killing them will increase the amount of fawns. Duh!
I guess the wildlife people aren’t able to figure that out, so let’s kill dogs to see if we will save on dog food. Humans should not interfere with nature’s course. All the people involved in this study need to think about ways to be more productive in their jobs and stop wasting our money. This is pure idiocy.
Constituents won’t forget if Senate votes for Trumpcare
Trumpcare will cost me more and cover less. How can the Senate vote to do that to constituents? The Affordable Care Act is important to me because I saved about $45 a month when Obamacare took affect. Trumpcare is a giveaway to corporate insurance companies who can now return to the days of charging us outrageous amounts for junk policies that aren’t there for us when we need it. Trumpcare allows insurers to go back to the days of discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions. That’s appalling. If the Senate votes for it, constituents like me won’t forget. Trumpcare not only ends policies for so many of those on Medicaid, it bans those who keep it from using their insurance to be treated at Planned Parenthood — the only provider in many areas.
Let’s fight to ensure existence of culture in Bears Ears
What and how a person shows respect are important in the telling of that person’s character. Do they respect other people’s property and opinions? It’s not just how or what the individual respects but what our culture respects that really shows our maturity. Do we judge other cultures by how much they resemble ours, or by how much we understand theirs? Another measure of our character is how we treat and respect other cultures of different times.
Right now we are threatening the ancient culture that exists in Bears Ears National Monument. This is an example of how and what we respect. There are thousands of scared sites, ancient dwellings, ancient pottery remains, and examples of farming and hunting methods that tell of these people, their concerns, and what they respected. All these show how they lived. If we allow the destruction and razing of this lifestyle, we have little respect for this ancient culture. Maybe it shows how little respect we have for ourselves.
Let’s take a big step beyond our present paradigm and move to respect these ancient people. Let’s fight the political fight to ensure the existence of this culture in Bears Ear National Monument to be enjoyed and studied by future generations. Once it’s crushed, pilfered, or disregarded as trash, it’s gone forever. Is this showing respect?
Republicans loathe to practice what they preach
Tuesday’s “below-the-fold” headline (“White House denies Trump shared secrets with Russians”) and the accompanying photograph of our so-called President shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov illustrate how the so-called “lamestream media” is complicit in the normalization of Trump’s erratic and irresponsible behavior.
Indeed, when read more closely, the AP story actually confirms that – while National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster “denied” that Trump shared secret information about “sources and methods” with the Russians — his “non-denial denial” and his subordinates’ notifications to the CIA and NSA constitute “admissions” that Trump did in fact violate our intelligence-sharing agreements by leaking highly sensitive information which both the Russians and others can “reverse engineer” to ascertain those “sources and methods.”
Moreover, the article confirms what the photograph conceals: that Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak was also in the Oval Office with Trump and Lavrov — a fact that the White House did not disclose until after the Russians published their exclusive pictures.
Sentinel readers should recall that now former FBI Director James Comey famously but injudiciously testified on July 5, 2016 that Hillary Clinton had been “extremely careless” with classified information — because she received a few e-mails from subordinates that were retroactively deemed “classified” (but were not properly marked as such when she received them) and then stored them on her private server (which could have been hacked but wasn’t), unaware that any of those e-mails contained any classified information.
On July 7, 2016, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tweeted that “individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ with classified information should be denied further access to such info.” Of course, hypocritical Republicans like Ryan remain loath to “practice what they preach.”
Meanwhile, the only way to deny our careless and demonstrably dangerous “leaker-in-chief” any “further access to such info” is to impeach him and then “lock him up” for laundering Russian money and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.