In a previous Letter to the Editor, I wrote a few things about the Republican Party. A response mentioned losing “all civility when speaking to those from the other side.” I have to wonder whether the writer has heard the occupant in the White House speak?

Trump & Co. have enriched themselves at taxpayer expense ($118 million for golf?); they have corrupted federal law enforcement agencies to protect themselves and they have exploited the nation in the pursuit of profit. He says he wants to “drain the swamp”? He is the swamp.

That’s someone you want to treat with civility?

The writer also suggested “we need dialogue, debate and compromise.” Noble thought, but how do you compromise with a political party immune to such ideas? The writer’s plea “how about we get up and do something?” is exactly what happened in 2018. The voters decided they needed elected officials to stand up to a bully.

But at least Trump said we won the war on Christmas, so there’s that.

Bob Curtis, Pinehurst

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(7) comments

Conrad Meyer

Bob, please elaborate on how the current administration has corrupted federal law enforcement agencies. I think you are fantasizing again.

I support the notion that the Obama administration weaponized and corrupted federal law enforcement to the point where Comey, Brennan, Clapper, (just to name a few) will likely face jail time.....if anything Trump has been trying to fix it.

Sally Larson

Bob, you first have to disassociate from the idea there's only one side to stand for. I don't know about you but I don't fit neatly into any side and making assumptions and slinging labels just cuts all chance of dialog off. I agree, there's so much that's frustrating and all we want to do is lash out. I personally don't understand why religious people stand behind someone who clearly lies all the time or refuses to acknowledge he does it. I would never allow someone like that into my own home yet it's daunting to try to understand why people with high standards of right and wrong and are lead by their Bible can accept that. I wish someone would explain that to me so I can understand. My only assumption (and we all know what that means) is Republicans are so afraid to lose their position in the senate they will blindly put up with anyone, but then again I don't really know. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, we stopped working together and our parties are now acting like they are playing a football game and it's only about winning or losing. That's not the way people working together get things done. It's really sad and frustrating to see this especially when they are supposed to represent all the people. I don't like seeing our place in the world changing because of the behavior of our leader. I've seen other leaders laugh at him and I cringe in embarrassment. I hate it for all of us, I wish he were more "Presidential". I have no idea where this country is headed but I know I don't like change and the unknown is a little scary. If we would just stop slinging mud at each other and asked questions instead of assuming we know what the other side is about things may be different.

Ed Pieczynski

The disconnect and animosity between parties began long before Trump was elected President. You seem to focus the problems on Republicans ("so afraid to lose their positions in the Senate") but that is at best naive. As our parents taught us....it takes two to tango.

Sally Larson

You know what "assumptions" means? I know I don't know, but I'd really like to know what it's all about. Maybe you could enlighten me.

Conrad Meyer

Sally, I also wish Trump was more "presidential", but he is far superior to the alternative the country had to choose from in 2016.

I mostly disagree with your other comments - we will have to agree to disagree.

You didn't mention the media - the amount of false propaganda put out is nothing less than mind boggling. Most are sock puppets of the liberal progressives who have no intention of representing the people.

Sally Larson

Conrad, it's too easy to throw around labels, it stops the conversation when in fact a little curiosity with questions and some thoughtful answers could enlighten all of us. I remember how mad my Father would get when one of us would say "everyone is saying the same thing" because obviously, that wasn't true. If we were all more curious and asked questions rather than assume we knew it all we'd be much better off and everything doesn't have to be a competition.

Peyton Cook

Another case of TDS. My question to you is; how has President Trump impacted your life style?

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