Don’t like Trump or impeachment
The case for impeachment | Editorial, Dec. 15
Impeachment or no impeachment, it matters little to my decision for whom I will vote next November.
In fact, I decided earlier this year that I would not support President Donald Trump’s reelection after seeing the treatment of Latin American children and their parents.
My decision is validated over time as I see Trump and his followers at their political rallies, and all I see are white American faces in the background. Rarely are there any minorities represented in the crowd, and I am reminded of the old white prejudices of my younger days in my beloved South.
How can I vote for a candidate who is strongly recommended by the president of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin? How can I vote for a man for whom I have no respect at all?
I did not want Trump brought up for impeachment. My thoughts are that these proceedings only strengthen Trump in the eyes of his followers and mask the lack of real governing by the Trump administration of all the citizens of our republic.
To praise Trump for continuing a strong economy started by President Barack Obama’s terms in office — and not see how the threatened millions of Americans see themselves — is shortsighted. When so much of our population feels neglected by our government, then something is seriously wrong.
Roy G. Valdes, Tampa
All he wants for Christmas
A Christmas wish list
For Christmas, here is what I want in my stocking.
1. A check from Mexico for $25 billion to pay for the wall promised by President Donald Trump.
2. 4, 5, or 6 percent Growth in GDP promised by Trump.
3. A middle-class tax cut promised by Trump.
4. Our national debt reduced as promised by Trump.
5. A major national health care plan better than the Affordable Care Act promised by Trump.
6. Farmers who are self-sufficient and not welfare recipients or political pawns.
7. Hungry children who can still have free lunch at school.
8. A Census that counts all the population.
9. Universal background checks for all firearms transactions.
10. Oh, and a big bag of red and green M&Ms.
Tony Leisner, Tarpon Springs
Tampa Bay’s climate change
I want to thank the Tampa Bay Times for its ongoing focus on the impacts of climate change in Florida. As a 40-year resident of Pinellas County, I have seen the changes resulting from increasing global temperatures. Florida is in the bull’s eye for hurricanes on both coasts.
But hurricanes are only one of the challenges we face. Sea level rise, forest fires, drought and crop failures are just a few of the other issues.
Cities in our area have already begun grassroots-level actions to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. It is time for government at the state and national levels to take the lead. Climate change is still inconvenient, but it is also still true.
Richard K. Hallmark, Largo
The writer is chair of the Climate Reality Project: Pinellas County, Florida Chapter.