Letters to the Editor

Barr and Trump: Letters to the editor, April 11, 2019

In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since taking office, and amid intense speculation over his review of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, Attorney General William Barr appears before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since taking office, and amid intense speculation over his review of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, Attorney General William Barr appears before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. AP

Hand-picked AG helps Trump

It is amazing to me how many in the mainstream media, the overall general populace and not surprisingly Donald Trump and Fox News have taken Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary to mean that the Mueller investigation was in fact a worthless witch hunt.

There is only one person who has seen this report and it is Trump’s hand-picked attorney general. John Dean, former chief counsel for Richard Nixon, in a recent tweet wrote: “Having re-read William Barr’s June 2018 Memo critiquing Mueller’s obstruction investigation and now his summary of Mueller’s Report, it is clear that Richard Nixon would not have been forced to resign his office if Barr had been Attorney General. Barr wants a POTUS above the law.”

Stephen Sacks, Fresno

GOP gives a right, Dems take it away

Regarding free speech, though Republicans might disagree with what you say, we are willing to die defending your right to say it. Whereas, when Democrats disagree with what you say, they will use every means to shut you up, including censorship, lawsuits, intimidation and violence — because they know they will always lose in the arena of civil discourse.

Thank goodness President Trump enacted an order forcing Democrat controlled universities like Berkeley to allow free speech on campus.

Obie R. Silverwood, Sanger

Read the report, then decide

Both President Trump and lawyer/columnist Flowers need to read the complete investigative report before reaching conclusions about exonerations of Trump. Attorney General Barr has not been neutral in his mishandling of the Mueller report. The truth is already there about Trump and Russian connections!

Dudley Varner, Fresno

Difference between good, bad man

Regarding the current resident of the White House, a quotation from “Mere Christianity” by C. S. Lewis:

"A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. Good people know about good and evil: bad people do not know about either."

Belva Quattrin, Kingsburg

If they build it, good will come

I don’t agree with a recent characterization of Veterans Boulevard as a northwest entitlement. People in north Fresno are not looking to use Veterans Boulevard to drive to southwest Fresno. Veterans Boulevard will connect southwest and west Fresno residents to jobs, shopping, medical and other services located in north Fresno. It also provides the catalyst as part of the solution to finally remove the south-north and east-west disconnects in our community.

It is nearly 100% funded without SB-1 gas tax money. Veterans Blvd. allows development on the west to extend south. It provides a catalyst to raise property values all along the western fringe; as development moves south it will positively impact the value of property in southwest Fresno.

Access is what breaks down the walls that divide us, it is the key to economic revitalization; it’s time to provide access and circulation available in the rest of the metro region. We are only $10 million short of $139-million to fund this project, providing an under-served area the same access available in other parts of Fresno. Every resident west of the 99 should be talking to their elected representatives — build this road.

Martin Querin, Kingsburg

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