Parents, where’s our collective shame?: Readers sound off

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From abortion, to impeachment, to 9/11 first responders, our readers share their thoughts on recent headlines.

Parents, where’s our collective shame?

Letter to the editor:

I applaud Thomas Wheatley’s June 5 column, in which he calls for men to be “held accountable” in the battle to outlaw abortion. It’s ridiculous to target women who have abortions, while the male partner is not stigmatized for his role, nor when he abandons the woman and child.

Today’s culture doesn’t support committed partners. Where is our collective shame? I am a committed pro-life woman, a mother of three children and a grandmother of nine. While I have a loving and supportive husband, I know the challenges of raising a child. For me, caring for a child alone, or with little help, seems nearly impossible. To those who are able to, you are truly heroes. To those who choose abortion, my love and prayers are with you.

Marilyn Lucko; Parma, Ohio

Sex or no sex: New state abortion bans give women same choice as men: Sex or no sex

ABC interview sparks debate on 'dirt'

Letter to the editor:

During an ABC News interview on Wednesday with George Stephanopoulos, President Donald Trump sent a clear message — another “Russia if you’re listening” moment. But this time, it came from the president, not simply a presidential candidate. When informed that FBI Director Christopher Wray said all offers of dirt on political opponents should be reported to the FBI, Trump responded, “The FBI director is wrong.”

Madame Speaker, it's time: 'I think I'd take it' is the last straw. Nancy Pelosi, it's time to impeach Trump.

Trump once again undermines the rule of law and debases, even eviscerates, vital governmental institutions.Can we, should we, excuse the president, as so many have done already? The answer is no!

The president has demonstrated, yet again, that he is fundamentally unfit and unworthy of occupying the White House. A remedy is coming in November 2020. We must all do our duty and vote!

Ken Derow; Swarthmore, Pa.

GOP must support 9/11 first responders

Letter to the editor:

When discussing an increase in medical benefits to 9/11 first responders, at least one Republican lawmaker said Congress must consider its impact on the $22 trillion national debt. Republicans increased the debt through cuts for the wealthy in their new tax plan, but now, they point to this debt as a means to ration tax dollars. It should be clear to most Americans that the Republican Party doesn’t care about those who sacrificed their health for other Americans. This begs the question about the duty to one’s country. Why would anyone fight in a dubious war overseas, a war that lines the pockets of defense contractors, while family members here die because of lack of health care coverage? The real threat to average Americans isn’t a terrorist in Iran; it’s the Republican Party at home.

George Magakis, Jr.; Norristown, Pa.

Tax cuts not all to blame: Blame spending, not Trump tax cuts, for the national debt

Jon Stewart speaks before Congress in Washington, D.C. on June 11.

This moment demands impeachment

Letter to the editor:

Department of Justice prosecutors defied a federal district court ruling, denying public access to an audio tape between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. While legal experts called the DOJ’s refusal highly unusual, I’d call it official malfeasance and dereliction of duty. This is not a sign of a well functioning democracy. There’s only one remedy to such behavior — a top down approach. And it starts with impeaching Attorney General William Barr and then President Donald Trump.

The public and Democrats know that the Republican majority in the Senate will never allow it. This moment in history demands action. Congress can initiate impeachment hearings. The fate of our democratic republic depends on how Congress handles this potential crisis. Let’s not forget: All it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to say and do nothing.

Ken Derow; Swarthmore, Pa.

Trump's ego at risk with impeachment: Impeachment would send Trump and his ego into a tailspin. Democrats should just do it.

Romney, a possible climate change leader

Letter to the editor:

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, announced that he is considering co-sponsoring a carbon pricing bill. Though many conservative groups have opposed it, Romney recognizes both a change in Republican attitudes and an increased advocacy for corporate carbon pricing programs.

Former Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., also valued climate policy and co-introduced carbon tax legislation. Since Flake’s retirement, Romney is one of the only Republican senators openly in support of the concept — one deemed by economists as a catalyst in moving from fossil fuels and towards clean energy. We need more leaders like Romney.

Susan Atkinson; Durango, Colo.

Going vegan won't save the world: You can't save the climate by going vegan. Corporate polluters must be held accountable.

Biden could be the negotiator we need 

Letter to the editor:

Former Vice President Joe Biden should concede to President Donald Trump’s claim about trade deals. Trump suggests that the government’s recent deals haven’t done enough to benefit the working class, and that some changes must be made. However, a difference lies in how both politicians approach these trade deals, evident in their leadership tactics.

Biden, the solution post-Trump: Don't underestimate Joe Biden. He knows what America needs and how to get it done.

Trump creates mistrust in diplomacy. In speaking with foreign leaders, he poses the threat of implementing tariffs — a policy that taxes Americans. Alternatively, if Biden were to negotiate with foreign leaders, his diplomacy would involve fewer hostile plans, meaning no tariffs and no additional taxation. Biden’s approach would likely lead to more trust and respect between foreign officials and our government.

Norman Bender; Woodbridge, Conn.

Being president also means being chief executive

Letter to the editor:

Of the many duties of the president of the United States is being the chief executive.

Therefore, one of the first markers in evaluating a presidential candidate should be to review his or her professional background as a means to determine his or her accomplishments in executive leadership.

More important, because governing in a global context is imperative to the job of the president of the United States, ensuring a candidate’s previous successes in carrying out international deals and negotiations should be paramount.

Don't make new messes: Joe Biden needs to clean up his past if he wants to beat Donald Trump

Because of this, none of the Democratic candidates should be considered for president because of their lack of chief executive or foreign policy negotiation experience.

Tom Fryman; Delaware, Ohio

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