Who are we as a nation?
Nearly every day the President Tweets/says something that steps on his own message. But this week, there were two that are particularly frightening. First, saying that those who did not applaud him at the State of the Union address are "un-American" and "treasonous". This is the polar opposite of what true freedom and the privilege of being an American really means. Only in dictatorships ruled by force and fear are citizens compelled (forced) to agree, applaud and comply.
The president now wants a military parade down Pennsylvania Ave. What images do these conger? The dear leader of North Korea comes to mind, seeing that we do not celebrate Bastille Day.
What if we took the tens of millions out of the budget that it would cost to mollify one person and put in a fund that would benefit thousands soldiers directly. Isn't this how this charade is being sold; to support the troops? So let's do just that by putting that huge sum of military dollars toward care for wounded vets, support of families with deployed spouses, research toward treatment of PTSD. Sadly, the needs and possibilities are endless.
Who are we as a nation and who are we becoming? Please contact your representatives and let them know who we are and how we will vote in order to save our beloved country - not our dear leader's ego.
That's a big price to pay
One of President Trump's priorities is to build up our country's defense forces, both with personnel and equipment. This will cost a lot of money. To quote Trump and use his favorite phrasing: "We'll see. We'll see what happens."
Another thing we'll have to see about is the military-style parade that Trump has asked the Pentagon for. He liked the Bastille Day Parade he saw last summer when he visited France, with tanks and troops galore, and he wants one, too.
Trump has a fondness for the military (but with no apparent desire to wear a uniform himself) as exemplified by the collection of generals he has surrounding him. The parade would give him the opportunity to show he is in command, being saluted and honored by the military passing in review. It would be like a campaign rally, with field artillery, guns, tanks, and soldiers, and a show of military might, sending a message to friend and foe.
The estimated cost of the event, including repairs to the road surface damaged by heavy equipment chewing it up and deployment of personnel and paraphernalia to Washington, D.C., is in the tens of millions of dollars. That's a big price to pay in tribute to Trump and his parade envy.
Denise F. Ludwig
On the backs of our most vulnerable
I wonder if this Congress and president understand that what they do effects real, live people and not just figures on a piece of paper?
This president, his cabinet and Congress have slowly been cutting or holding back money for programs that many people depend on. One example is the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which they could have passed in September, to renew it. Instead they scared parents who had children on this insurance by waiting four months before they renewed it.
Another vital program that didn't get their funding on time was the Rural Area Meals Program (RAMP) for people over 60 who live in rural areas and don't have access to food. Many of these people are home bound and have physical disabilities. Many of them are veterans. RAMP ran out of money. Thank God for the community, that stepped up and donated enough money to keep the program going until funding finally came in. But when they got the funding, it had been cut in half. So now they have to cut the number of people they are serving. How do you do that, especially when the need is growing, not getting smaller? How do you tell people that we can't help them anymore?
Is this how our government should save money, on the backs of our most vulnerable people? That's not what I want. How about you?
There are no 'free' I-25 lanes
Rocky Scott's guest editorial caught me by surprise advocating for free I-25 lanes. I take exception to the "flavor of the project" proclaiming "free lanes". I had no idea in-place I-25 Gap lanes were ever "free". We paid lots of taxes for construction and yearly maintenance, and annual taxes supposedly for accumulating funds for future transportation priorities. The future is here now. Please stop insulting our intelligence anything is "free" so as to praise Express/Toll lanes as a great solution along with existing "free" lanes. Presenting this "free" argument means, new lanes should also be "free". Lets do it!
Need to look in the mirror
I reside in the middle of the immigration debate, advocating for a blend of limits and humanity and am outraged at Chief of Staff John Kelly's statements of high potential DACA numbers not registering as DACA because they are "too lazy."
We need to look in the mirror at our role as Americans in subtly supporting illegal immigration as consumers and as employers. Do we raise our kids to do tough, gritty work for low wages? Do we demand that all states abide by E-verify and harshly punish employers who hire them? Do we elect a president who has feasted on illegal immigrant labor to build his fortune?
At a time when work ethic seems to be on the decline, some of the hardest workers in our country are illegal immigrants. If we really want to limit their numbers, we need to look in the mirror and figure out who really will do this work and who really is lazy.