Sounding off: GOP leaders put party ahead of country
In the early ’70s, the congressional investigation of President Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate break-in provided us viewers with an excellent example of collaboration between Democratic and Republican lawmakers who placed our nation’s interest ahead of political parties. uring the televised hearings, it was plain to see that the senators on the judiciary committee placed our nation’s interest ahead of political parties.
Unfortunately, that statesmanship and camaraderie is non-existent today. Judiciary committee hearings focusing on possible obstruction of justice by the Trump administration have consisted of Republican congressmen’s refusal to delve into evidence that was revealed in Robert Mueller’s report. Their questions to witnesses do not focus on obstruction. They follow President Trump’s playbook: the Mueller report was a hoax, no faith or trust in intelligence agencies, a hostile media, blame on President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Republican congressmen followed suit with recent witness Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager. Lewandowski refused to answer most of the questions posed by Democratic committee members, whom he addressed as “Trump haters” in his opening statement. It was clear to me that Lewandowski either sandbagged the committee or flat-out lied.
It is important that we, as voters, take note of this irresponsible behavior. I can remember when the Republican Party stood for the rule of law, compromise, bipartisanship, free trade and fiscal responsibility, but it is eroding into the Trump party, where our lawmakers exhibit blind allegiance to the president’s whims and wishes.
Michael Vranesevic, Irwin
Pa. crime victims need Marsy’s Law
People who fall victim to crime find themselves in a confusing and stressful judicial process while also trying to recover from physical and emotional trauma. In Pennsylvania, survivors have a strong system of laws to protect them, but they currently have no recourse if their rights are overlooked or ignored. Marsy’s Law would put the weight of the state Constitution behind those protections (“Pa. voters will decide constitutional amendment on rights of crime victims,” Oct. 1, TribLIVE).
Over the past two years, state legislators on both sides of the aisle have supported Marsy’s Law, with both the Senate and House of Representatives approving the measure. It is now qualified to appear as a ballot referendum this fall.
Marsy’s Law would allow those whose lives have been forever altered by crime to have a guaranteed voice in the process. It ensures that victims and their families have the right to be heard, be present and be informed.
This November, Pennsylvania voters will have the opportunity to take a stand for crime victims by voting in favor of the Crime Victim Rights Amendment, showing that survivors deserve our support and the protection of the state Constitution.
Elaine Gowaty, Murrysville
The writer is president of Westmoreland Federated Republican Women and former chairwoman of the Westmoreland County Republican Committee.
Anti-Trump ‘cabal’ must be defeated
We have a four-party system here in America. We are all familiar with the Republican and Democratic parties, less familiar with the Washington establishment party and the federal government deep state party, including the intel community.
The Democrats, the establishment (both Democrat and Republican) and the deep state are the most corrupt government group the world has ever seen. Couple this group with the biased corrupt media, and you have a truly formidable force. I call this group the cabal.
Harsh words? You bet. True words? You bet. Their appetite for power is insatiable. If, when someone threatens their status quo, forget ethics; they will do anything to destroy the threat and remain in power, or to regain power. Donald Trump, an imperfect, non-politician outsider, has more than threatened them; he has defeated them.
Make no mistake, in every case what the cabal accuses Trump of, the cabal has done or is doing. Simply stated, Trump loves this country, wants to improve life for all Americans and intends to drain the swamp. If Trump is successful, the cabal will be destroyed.
All Americans need to rethink what is happening in Washington, D.C.
Paul Carrick, North Huntingdon
Public schools ‘cook books’
When I read letters such as Richard Patton’s (“Tom Wolf right to act on charter schools,” Sept. 25, TribLIVE), bragging about the graduation rates of charter versus public schools, I give out a sad sigh.
The public schools have to “push through” students who cannot perform simple math. I have personally witnessed this process. Schools are doing these students no favor with this action. Have you gone through a fast food drive-thru lately?
This “getting them through” way of increasing the graduation rates is for schools to “meet” the state goals he stated in his letter. Sadly using these children by “cooking the books.”
Denny Biava, Mt. Pleasant
Trump must be impeached, removed from office
The United States Congress has finally received a “smoking gun” as the result of President Donald Trump’s request to the Ukrainian president to find damaging information about former Vice President Joe Biden. The Ukrainian president did not provide this information, and Trump held up a United States’ military appropriation of $400 million for the Ukrainian military for over three months. Besides being illegal, this request seriously damaged Ukraine’s military efforts because the Russians had hacked the Ukraine military communication system until the point where it was inoperative.
Over $300 million of the U.S. appropriation was to provide a new system which would override the Russian efforts. Russia, who has already taken over Crimea, is intent in conquering the rest of the Ukraine and making it a part of Russia.
Trump has allowed his quest to damage the prestige of his leading opponent for the 2020 presidency to seriously erode our relationships with our NATO ally, which we have sworn to defend. For the future of our democracy, he must be impeached by the House of Representatives and convicted by the Senate and removed from office.
Richard P. Davis, Saltlick
Trump is a true patriot
President Donald J. Trump was elected by the citizens of this country to do a job. He promised to “Make America Great Again” by creating jobs, cutting job-crushing regulations, making other nations in this world pull their own weight, stop illegal immigration and fix the unfair trade practices that have weakened our nation for decades. Well, he has kept his promises.
Just imagine if the Democrats would actually do their jobs now and work with this president to make a stronger and more prosperous America. But, even without their help, or in spite of them, he has succeeded in so many ways. If you hate Trump and think he is vulgar and not presidential enough, look back to the presidents before him. They lied, cheated and sold out our country to the highest bidder. Take a close look at the current politicians who feel it is their duty to protect us from Trump. What won’t they do to divide our great country and continue their vicious attacks on who I believe is the first president who actually wants to help our nation and its citizens?
Hate Trump if you want, but recognize that he is a true patriot and he loves America. He wasn’t hired to mollycoddle us. He was hired to finally do the things that must be done to “Make America Great Again.” Wake up to the facts or wallow in the swamp.
Jeanne Shields, North Huntingdon
Our ‘Twilight Zone’ politics
Vice President Joe Biden is assigned to stop corruption in the Ukraine. His son, Hunter, and a friend of former Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson are appointed to the board of a gas company in the Ukraine (under investigation for widespread corruption) which paid them $5,000 and up every month, even though neither had any experience in the gas industry. According to an article in the New Yorker, Biden’s son spends much of his earnings on strippers, booze, drugs and extramarital affairs.
Now President Trump, not Biden, is being investigated. No, this is not a “Twilight Zone” episode, but the state of America in 2019.
Russell DeJulio, Mt. Lebanon