Letters to the editor: Mueller wastes our money, Can we afford President Trump?

Sunday , July 29, 2018 - 5:30 AM

Mueller is wasting our money

In Saturday, July 14 Opinion section, a gentleman from Pleasant View hit a grand slam hom erun. 

The late, great true patriot John Wayne (The Duke) said, “Words are what men live by, words they say and mean.”

I would dare guess that 94 percent of the politicians and leftist news outlets, spew a lot of pure hatred towards Pres. Trump to see where the b.s. plops for their own ego boost. 

It is so obvious that the left hates Pres. Trump more than they love America, its “Constitution and rules of law.”

The “witch hunt” by Mr. Mueller and Mr. Rosenstein has gone way beyond the scope intended. They have spent more than $17 million only to come up with an empty sack. They should be wrapping it up and somehow reimburse us taxpayers so that those funds could help “build the wall” and secure our borders. 

Just look at the countries that have tighter border security than one could imagine. Yet, they are the ones crying the loudest to belittle and disgrace the “United States of America.” The crybabies in Hollywood should be required to leave this great country as they all vowed to do if Mr. Trump won. Well, he did win and so far, there has been no exodus on their part. What a bunch of elite hypocrites and non-truth talkers. The left is the party of protests and obstruction. Not ideas or solutions.

— Russ Larsen, Smithfield

Can we afford President Trump?

After seven long years of vowing to “repeal and replace ‘Obamacare’”, Congress narrowly passed a bill that about a dozen national organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, and American Association of Retired People opposed.

The bill carried an extreme political risk because it would boot millions of people off the insurance rolls.

Pres. Trump aggressively pushed congressional leaders to act and he got heavily involved by working the phones and personally agreeing to changes that brought two pivotal Republicans aboard. The two Republicans agreed to vote for the bill because of $8 billion, over five years, to help people with pre-existing conditions.

Interviewed on Utah’s ABC television station, Dr. Jason Stevenson said that the $8 billion was not enough. He explained that, after giving it to all of the people that would need it, it would be only about $40 per person.

In June of 2017, Shawn Bourg of the Washington Post reported that President Trump’s budget called for sharply reducing funding to programs that shelter the poor and which combat homelessness -—with a notable exception: it leaves intact the type of federal housing subsidy that is paid directly to private landlords. One of those landlords is Trump himself, who earns millions of dollars each year as a part owner of Starrett City, the nation’s largest subsidized housing complex.

President Trump promised to cut taxes for the middle class, but some would end up paying more under the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” according to a report released on November 3, 2017, by Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation. That committee is the official scorekeeper tasked with determining how much any tax legislation would add to the debt and how it would impact the poor, middle class and wealthy. 

Details are spelled out in an article printed in the Ogden Standard-Examiner on November 5, 2017. (On November 8, the amount that would probably be added to the debt increased to $1.7 trillion.) 

All of this fiscal agony doesn’t even touch the cost to the American people of Trump’s irresponsible trade wars. we can’t afford President Trump.

— Dennis Wakefield, South Ogden

The Vietnam wall deserved coverage

On July 14 I had the honor of attending the dedication of the replica of the Vietnam Wall located in the Layton Commons Park. I hate to use the word replica because the word really doesn't describe this wonderful venue. Mr. Dennis Howland and the Utah Vietnam Veterans of America really did an outstanding job of putting together a program to honor the 58,000 plus whose names are etched on the panels of the wall and also those who, when they returned home, were treated with less than hospitable greetings. Kudos to Layton City for signing on and using their people to construct the memorial, and all the businesses and private parties who donated money and material to make the wall what it is. Kudos also to the 388th Fighter Wing for supporting the dedication with a four ship flight of F-35's flying the missing man formation. It was truly the cherry on the ice cream.

However, I was more than just a little disappointed when I opened the Standard on July 15 and did not see one word about the dedication. Many of us remember the treatment that the veterans of the Vietnam War received when they returned home. I might call it a slap in the face to those who, when their country called, answered and did as requested. As do the men and women who serve in our armed forces today. But what the Standard did in my estimation was a second slap in the face. I know that we people who are in our late 60s and 70s and lived through this era might not be the folks that the paper markets to but then I have to ask myself how much I really need their newspaper in my driveway each morning and I would think because of this letter, you veterans need to ask yourselves that very same question. I think the Standard needs to publicly apologize for their oversight in not covering the dedication and then do an article with several photos on this wonderful memorial. Once the word is out about Utah's version of the wall, people will flock to see this outstanding re-creation of the wall on the grand mall.

— Jim Bishop, Syracuse

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