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Letters to the Editor for December 23, 2016

The end of many stories

To the Editor:

Trump pulls out of Iran deal. Iran builds bomb. Iran nukes Jerusalem, end of story, end of many stories. So sad, so sad.

Jim Smith


The media's role

To the Editor:

The Union Democrat must remain an independent, investigation-driven news organization no matter how much pressure Donald Trump puts on the news media to normalize his atypical behavior and publish his questionable and often unsupported claims.

It is not enough to report what Trump says. The fact that what he says is often untrue must also be reported. Every time. No statement should be reported unexamined. When his words or his deeds are bad for America, the press has a duty to expose this.

The people will be watching your coverage in the months to come. Show that you are independent. Show that you are skeptical. Show that you will not simply repeat what he says. Our democracy depends on news organizations like the Democrat to take these stands.

Patricia Harrelson


Hiring billionaires

To the Editor:

Who’s being hired? Displaced factory workers? Billionaires who already have great jobs? Bravo Trump! Giving great jobs to people who already have one!

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

“[John McCain’s] not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Attorney General: Jeff Sessions, 69, once denied a judgeship amid concerns over past comments about blacks.

Commerce: Wilbur Ross, 79best known for investing in failing steel and coal firms and selling them for profit, once known as the "king of bankruptcy" for his history of investing in such businesses.

Defense: James Mattis, 66, Mattis would have to get a congressional waiver from a law that bars generals from serving as defense secretary for seven years after leaving active duty.

Education: Betsy DeVos, 58, wealthy activist and Republican mega-donor from Michigan, a champion of alternatives to local government schools, backing a movement that advocates the use of tax credits and vouchers to allow parents to opt out of the public school system. Has NEVER been a teacher in a classroom.

Health and Human Services: Tom Price, 62, a robust critic of the Affordable Care Act, which has provided health coverage to 20 million Americans.

Homeland Security: John Kelly, 66, expected to be very tough on illegal immigration and the illicit drugs trade.

Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson, 65, ZERO experience managing a government entity of any size, no experience in elective office.

Labor: Andrew Puzder, 66, is opposed to raising the national minimum wage, also backs the increasing use of automated technology to keep labor costs down.

Transportation: Elaine Chao, 63, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Treasury: Steven Mnuchin, 53, was a partner at Goldman Sachs.

Debi Baron

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