White House fires back
at anonymous column | Sept. 6
It’s not the way democracy works
In the anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times, the writer claims, "We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t." The trouble is, that’s not the democratic process. Putting aside the question of Russian tampering (which the party in power refuses to publicly recognize), the voters elected this administration. When the writer says, "steer the administration in the right direction," he is really saying, "stay in power so that we can get what we want, which we couldn’t get if we did what was right." They have, in other words, unlawfully seized power from the American people. This cannot be allowed to continue.
Rebecca Hendricks, Clearwater
What half of America knew
Both Bob Woodward’s book, Fear, and the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times expound on President Donald Trump’s incompetency and ineptness to be president. Half the population knew that the evening of Nov. 6, 2016.
But President Trump, late Wednesday afternoon, read from a list of accomplishments of his administration: unemployment down, jobs up, the tax cut, etc. Even President Trump should know that a broken clock tells the correct time twice a day.
David Lubin, Tampa
Why not Pence as president?
Republican leaders should band together to do all they can to push President Donald Trump to resign. Although it is highly unlikely that this egomaniac would acquiesce, the gains for Republicans would be significant. The conservative Republican agenda would be well-served by a President Mike Pence. Thus, conservative Republicans would lose nothing with Trump’s removal, but in Mike Pence they would gain an all-important moral compass.
Robin George Yates, St. Petersburg
The chaos president
It’s too bad that more voters didn’t take former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s warning to heart regarding Donald Trump: If you elect a chaos candidate, you will get a chaos president.
Sandra Palmer, Redington Shores
A slogan for Democrats
I have the perfect campaign slogan for the Democrats in the upcoming elections: "Make America Great Again!" Perfect, don’t you think, in light of what we have in America right now?
Jeff Radley, Lithia
Jordan ‘failed by the system’ | Sept. 6
Where to put the blame
Contrary to your front-page headline, this poor child was not failed by "the system." He was, like so many children today, failed first and foremost by his biological parents.
Because of so much reckless procreation, child welfare agencies have to engage in damage control and unfairly receive most of the blame. Reading the backgrounds of his mother and father, he was doomed from the day he was conceived, and they should be considered the real failures.
Joseph Brown, Tampa