Drawing parallel from Shakespeare
Perhaps William Shakespeare said it best in “Julius Caesar,” Act 5, Scene 5: “This was the noblest Roman of them all: All the conspirators, save only he, did that they did in envy of great Caesar. He, only in a general honest thought and common good to all, made one of them. His life was gentle, and the elements so mix’d in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, “This was a man!”
David Hooper, Fresno
A president not caught ... yet
I was hoping that Sen. John McCain would have lived long enough to say ... “I would prefer to have a president who didn’t get caught.”
R.W. Arnold. Fresno
John McCain will surely be missed
We could disagree with Sen. John McCain on issues, and I did, but his life, service and integrity had to be respected. Well, by everyone except the current leader of his party.
Two weeks ago, at the signing ceremony for the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, President Trump spoke at length about the act without once saying the words “John McCain.” He managed to thank or mention 21 other people, alive or dead, but not John McCain. On Sunday, the president tweeted condolences to the family of the senator without managing to say a word about the man himself.
Sen. John Sidney McCain III, you will be mightily missed because men of your great character pass through history with depressing infrequency.
Don Smith, Fresno
John McCain was our last statesman
John McCain was the last statesman we had in government. There are no more who show by deed their patriotism, commitment to decency and view that government is really for the people. Instead we have those who follow big money, their (political) bases, wear their military service on their lapel instead of in their heart and character, and think of government as a zero-sum game where there must be losers. I did not agree with Sen. McCain on a lot of policy, but I never doubted his motivations and the earnest and honest thought he put into his positions. With him gone, we now have a government of characters rather than a government of character. Fair winds and following seas, Sen. McCain. We will all miss you more than we know.
Sam Taylor, Fresno
Two leaders, quite a contrast
America will soon lay to rest a great man, John McCain . . . an intelligent, honorable, truthful, humble, ethical, courageous public servant as well as soldier and hero.
What we have left in the Oval Office is an ignorant, petty, vindictive, unethical, immoral, egotistical, divisive, self-serving draft-dodger.
How sad for our country!
Sandy Boswell, Squaw Valley
Sen. McCain was the real patriot
I am a veteran, having volunteered in a time of need. I support people who show their patriotism through action. When it comes to John McCain and Donald Trump, the choice is easy.
McCain: Volunteered for combat, spent five-and-a-half years as a POW, refused release until his fellow captives were freed, and continued to serve with dignity in Congress.
Trump? On McCain’s death, after a too-short time in a not-surprising show of pettiness and disrespect, he orders an end to the flag being at half staff to honor McCain. He only orders it returned to half staff after protests from every patriotic American, even from those, such as I, who did not support McCain politically.
And lest we forget: McCain volunteered for military duty; Trump did all he could to avoid it.
Who’s the hero here? Who’s the true patriot?
I think it’s about time for people to realize the difference between “doing” patriotism and just pretending it for political gain. It’s easy to wave (or, as in Trump’s case, hug) a flag. It’s much harder to truly defend it.
Let us honor those, like McCain, who truly did. And spurn the pretenders.
Malcolm Gibson, Clovis
John McCain kept to his principles
As I have reflected on the life and example of John McCain, I am convinced that he has taught us that it is far better to have lost a battle with your principles intact, than to win a battle without any.
Sam Hagen, Kingsburg