Letters to the Editor

Trump, Colin Powell, tea party, Khizr Khan

Donald Trump is like a wrecking ball

Re “Time for Republicans to stand up to Donald Trump” (Editorials, Aug. 3): Donald Trump is a wrecking ball. He has a strong temperament that gets under many people’s skin. He speaks his mind without always applying a politically correct filter.

That is why he is the perfect person to be the next president of the United States. We need a maverick outsider like him to break up the establishment in Washington, D.C., and change the course of our nation. Trump will protect our Constitution, improve our economy, improve race relations and enforce our laws.

The editorial board lays out an argument for opposing Trump. But the claim of “poor judgment, questionable moral fiber” applies more to his opponent, Hillary Clinton. I could never vote for someone who blatantly lies, destroys evidence and puts her self-interests above the well-being of all Americans.

The more I hear establishment politicians and the popular media bash Trump, the more determined I am to support him.

Michael Manning, Sacramento

GOP has painted itself into corner

Republicans would love to stand up, but they enabled the tea party and far right wing and can’t coalesce around an alternate plan.

More importantly, the leaders can’t disavow Trump as long as there is the slightest chance he could win, because giving up on the presidency means they would have to give up the Supreme Court. That’s the big prize.

Hillary Clinton looks beatable and Republicans hope to control all three branches of government. I think they would freely admit Trump is horrible and bad for the country, but throwing in the towel and losing the court would be far worse.

George Carrington, Granite Bay

Colin Powell could save the day

With Donald Trump consistently insulting anyone he does not understand and Hillary Clinton trying her best to avoid being associated with her husband, the impeached former president, where are the voters to turn?

I have been voting since I turned 18 years old and for the last 48 years have had reasonable choices. This election forces me to choose between a spoiled, know-it-all political novice and a pathological liar who, as Barack Obama said in 2008, would say anything and change nothing.

Obama hired her to be secretary of state, and we all know how that went with the trade deals, the Libya lies and all of the investigations. Where do we turn for leadership in this country? Where is Colin Powell when we so desperately need him?

Sadly, I feel so ashamed of our country at this point and wonder how our future looks with these two losers bashing each other for the win, at a time when most voters would choose none of the above.

George Shriver, Lincoln

Khizr Khan exposed Trump

A Muslim and naturalized citizen, Khizr Khan, spoke of the pain of his son’s death in Iraq, the young soldier’s sacrifice for others and in defense of our nation’s founding principles.

He then eloquently exposed the sorry shell of candidate Donald Trump, the empty cipher who knows no personal sacrifice, little of the Constitution and couldn’t tell principle from his hair colorant.

Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento

Donald Trump needs a time-out

In a civil society, certain behaviors are so crass and appalling that even if done by young children they require condemnation.

Any parent would be rightly upset if their second-grade daughter came home crying because a male classmate called her a “fat pig” or “ugly.” Most parents would report the bullying to the teacher or the school principal. Minimally, the boy would be called to the office and a discussion would occur about the inappropriateness of bullying.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is that elementary school bully in a 70-year-old man’s body. Why would people who disapprove of such disgusting behavior in an 8-year-old child reward Trump with their vote in the November general election?

Dan Schmitt, Wilton

The fraud of voter fraud claims

Re “Voters should have to show their ID” (Letters, Aug. 3): The nonsense debate about voter fraud needs to stop, or those engaging in it need to volunteer to actually work at the polls, as I did this year, to see how silly the claim is.

If there is any voter fraud, it would more likely be in the vote-by-mail ballots, and I have yet to hear from anyone that we need to abolish or restrict that.

What concerns me most is the widespread assumption that the process is being rigged. Thus, if our candidate doesn’t win, there must be a conspiracy. Take the tinfoil hats off. No one can promise fraud won’t happen, but the effect is negligible.

Teresa Jacobs, Elk Grove

In support of voting rights

The voter identification laws that courts rejected were clearly designed to restrict rather than assist the ability to vote. In none of the states where restrictive voting laws were passed did anyone provide evidence that voter fraud existed. Let’s choose to move to a new stage of accomplishment where governments in all states foster the freedom to vote rather than restrict it.

Robin J. Dezember, Sacramento


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