A recent paper had a disturbing letter to the editor from a person suffering from a severe case of Trump Derangement. Here is a copy and paste from his letter: "Let us pray for a recession in the Rust Belt, a plague in the farm belt and a pestilence in the Bible Belt if that is what is needed to rid ourselves of this disgraceful man who would be king."
There are several symptoms of Trump Derangement, but this is the most severe I have seen. Anyone who would pray for our country to fail in a manner that would have so many, if not all, suffer and might even trigger a complete collapse of our economy is truly disturbing.
I would suggest that we all pray for our country and not against.
The only known cure for Trump Derangement is to nominate a candidate that can beat Trump. Based on what the Democratic Party is putting forth to choose from, I have little hope that will happen. We must realize there is a limit to how far left you can go and still be electable in the general election.
Won't pass smell test
Why did President Trump send his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to talk to the Ukrainian president and government officials? If there really was something to these allegations on the Bidens, why didn't he just have somebody make a phone call to the FBI? Trump has the resources of the entire intelligence services of the strongest nation in the world at his fingertips, but he sends Rudy? It just doesn't pass the smell test.
Now Trump wants to know the identity of the whistle-blower and, as the scandal is slowly unraveling, we find out that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listened in on this phone call to President Zelensky. Trump himself implicated and used the name of Bill Barr in the call.
We have seen a disturbed man target and kill Hispanics in Texas after hearing and believing they are criminals. Continuing to call the whistle-blower and others investigating the complaint treasonous and spies is both dangerous and completely irresponsible. Targeting political enemies in this way is frightening but nothing new; Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Biden, Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings and the whistle-blower are just the latest.
Trump has targeted and attacked perceived enemies throughout his life and business career. Using our government and his presidential powers to further his re-election campaign while stonewalling congressional oversight is absolutely grounds for impeachment. The White House released a transcript memo that showed in black and white Trump using an essential national security interest to get help from a foreign power to smear his political enemy. This should be chilling to all Americans, including every one of Arkansas' senators and representatives. And it's only a drop in the bucket when it comes to this White House.
Good things happen
I've spent lots of time in the Little Rock School District as a student, a PTA member and parent of four LRSD graduates, and an advocate and volunteer, and what I have seen makes me proud to be an LRSD supporter.
Good things are happening in all our schools due to the help of a strong community of supporters with a common goal of student success. With the support of their LRSD family, students are succeeding beyond expectations, hardworking teachers are striving daily to help them reach their full potential, and school staff are focused on surrounding students with the support they need to thrive.
I've seen high school students cheering when fruit smoothies were introduced for breakfast to give them the nutrition boost they need to succeed, middle school students and parents applauding volunteers who put a fresh coat of paint on their lockers and plan to start a mentor program, elementary students excited to be able to read their favorite book while eating breakfast in their classroom, award-winning art displays and musical performances by students who enjoy an amazing arts program at a nearby church, and teachers smiling from ear to ear as their students read their prize-winning essays and performed in poetry jams.
I've seen the superintendent climb on top of his building and stay for hours to encourage donations of food for hungry students and their families, teachers and principals arrive at school before dawn and leave after dark because they are committed to their students, and parents cheering for their kids at graduation ceremonies from kindergarten through high school.
Great things are happening in the LRSD. Come join our LRSD family--we are stronger together!
We're all somebody
Reading Mr. Earl Babbie's letter about tolerance and acceptance, I was reminded of a recent "sermon" from a 5-year-old.
When my grandson overheard his dad make a slightly critical remark about someone (a stranger), he said, "Now, Dad, don't be mean to her. She's somebody, too. Everybody is somebody, and you don't be mean to them!"
Out of the mouth of babes.
MARY LEE HALL
Editorial on 10/09/2019
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