Letters to the Editor

McCarthy and first 100 days: Letters to the editor, April 22, 2019

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, during his appearance with the Public Policy Institute of California, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Sacramento. McCarthy blasted his home state as out of touch, hitting its leaders for increasing the gas tax while defending the Trump administration’s policies on taxes and tariffs.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, during his appearance with the Public Policy Institute of California, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Sacramento. McCarthy blasted his home state as out of touch, hitting its leaders for increasing the gas tax while defending the Trump administration’s policies on taxes and tariffs. AP

Government is a joke, no one laughs

Let me try to accurately summarize Rep. McCarthy’s letter in The Bee describing the first 100 days in the new Democratic House: They (Democrats) are bad, bad, bad! We (Republicans) are good, good, good! And I’m doing this, I’m doing that, and I’m doing everything to make things wonderful! (despite the evil forces that oppose us).

The perfect example of Washington leadership from both parties: finger pointing, blaming, with a flourish of self-importance so we remember who the real heroes are. This, “I’m right, you’re wrong” style of leadership we’ve seen from both parties for years has created the absolute mess we’ve got in Washington.

Since the legislature is practically useless, in frustration, presidents have used executive orders to get their agendas into law. Hooray — at least we’re getting something done. Until the next president cancels those orders and enacts his own. And the next cancels those, and so on which is exactly what we’re experiencing now. Even if Betty White were president, God bless her beautiful soul, this is a dumb way to run a country.

Welcome to the Age of Comicrasy. Our government is turning into a joke! The sad thing: it’s not funny.

Michael Newkirk, Fresno

Stock market verdict re: Trump

I see the Mueller report was released last week. Now the news media — both printed and TV — will go on incessantly for the next few months, going for those ratings.

Some will of course say collusion on the president's part, some will say not guilty. Some will say we have to have more investigations. I am not smart enough to decipher it all. Nor patient enough. So I use the old stand-by method. What do the rich and powerful believe? The intelligent and successful people. I looked at the Dow Jones Industrials. Up 135 points so far today. My conclusion? President Trump not guilty. The market rarely misses.

Rod Jenson, Fresno

Real crisis at the Mexico-U.S. border

We now have a real crisis at our borders; causing overcrowding with excessive illegal immigrants being held in custody. We do not have enough accommodations to house them all. Thousands are arriving weekly, encroaching our borders. Many have criminal backgrounds. Some are from the Middle East, with possible terrorists’ ties. Many have been diagnosed as having diseases, such as tuberculosis.

Thousands are creeping through and crossing over into this country, undetected. We need a border wall fence, built from California to Texas. There are many open areas with no border protection, with easy access into this country. Supposedly, there are over a million people from all over the world awaiting legal access into this country. These people will have earned their way to becoming legal citizens. Not those who demand and enter illegally into this country.

The progressive left is blaming President Trump for what is happening in our borders. Blame the corrupted, dysfunctional socialistic leaders of these Latin countries, who care very little what happens to their citizens. These government leaders have mismanaged and mishandled their countries’ wealth and national resources. History has proven that socialist governments such as Venezuela, Cuba, only bring chaos and destruction to any God-given free country.

Manuel Madrid, Reedley

Presidential chatter by tweet

President Trump should get some credit for changing the future method for presidential communication. It may only be one-way communication, but it is still significant. Tweets are an excellent way to get a peak into the mind of the sender. Instead of those press conferences with pesky reporters always trying to change the subject, why not sit on your ... throne and tell the world how you feel in a brief and uninterrupted way. Our current commander-in-chief can brag about the size of his crowds or claim any bad news as fake or even disparage a dead war hero. Love him or hate him, if you read his tweets, you know who he is.

Future presidents should use the same method to share thoughts with the public in a brief and easy way. They could congratulate Congress for doing anything in a bipartisan way, point out a new job-producing operation or even praise a random good deed by an otherwise anonymous person.

Tweets can be used to be entertaining and informative, especially when done more like a, you know, adult.

Brian Ohde, Fresno

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