Centuries ago, the Chinese built a wall to protect themselves from the Mongols. It is now a tourist site.
Today, President Donald Trump has shut down the government, causing hardship for hundreds of thousands of Americans. This because Mexico won’t pay for a wall as Trump promised it would. So, now he wants to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on this unnecessary ineffective extravagance.
The president has scared his loyalists into believing that there is a serious problem that only a wall will solve. To get his way, he is acting like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum and trashing the house.
Trump needs to give up this ridiculous obsession with a wall. Instead he should come up with an immigration policy that is kind and does not include separating children from their parents, caging them or tear gassing them.
All Americans need to contact the White House and demand that this end now. Stop this mean-spirited, political stunt. Reopen our government.
If the president wants to do something to make us all safer, he could initiate a plan for gun control as he promised our students nine months ago. This is a promise he should keep, he could keep, and it would not cost a dime.
► U.S. Rep Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, famously yelled “You lie” during President Barack Obama’s Sep. 9, 2009, address to Congress.
Too bad GOP members of Congress don’t have the same bravery to speak up now, during the current “Trump shutdown.” Remember, it was Trump who claimed, “I will be proud to shut down the federal government,” and “I won’t blame you,” meaning Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, for this shutdown.
So why has Trump changed his mind so quickly, and started playing the political blame game by publicly blaming the Democrats for his shutdown? Even for Trump, two weeks is a short time for going back on his word.
Unfortunately, Trump still has 25 months left in office and will do his best (worst) to beat that record.
William D. Krull
► Now that a second Guatemalan child has died in United States custody, it is even more imperative that the Trump Administration put in the resources necessary to administer whatever immigration policy they have decided on, in a way that prevents further deaths. When asked recently in a congressional hearing if she knew how many people have died in U.S. custody, homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she did not know.
I know it seems a harsh assessment, but the facts seem to indicate that the president is so focused on keeping a campaign promise to his base that he is not overly concerned that hard-working, low-level federal workers are not paid at Christmas, or how many migrant children die in the process.
Earnest L. Robinson Jr.
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