Not presidential behavior
Re: “White House cuts CNN reporter’s access,” Thursday election briefs.
There is a reason parents don’t swear or use abusive language in front of their children. They are role models, as they should be. Over and over, editorials and opinion pieces beg us to use civility and restraint when addressing each other. Yet our potty-mouth-in-chief continues to model rude and divisive language and bullying behavior.
In the latest example, he called a CNN reporter a “rude and a terrible person.” His supporters think this is just fine because he’s being “plainspoken” and “speaking truth to power.”
The majority of American citizenry should take the high road and set an example for him and his minions, while they appeal to baser instincts and follow from behind.
Christina Ball, Dallas
Another red line has been crossed
I get it. The media is the merriment these days. The talk-show hosts and late-night stand-up “commentators” hardly need to think or to have writers who might. Just repeating what the news has reported from over the past 24 hours — with a studied and/or comedic tone of voice, depending on intent, of course — is more than sufficient to keep audiences, sponsors and top-floor execs delighted. Nonetheless, when the current caricature of throwback authoritarianism extends to the news itself, it’s time to pause and reflect.
Now that the White House has chosen to bar CNN’s Jim Acosta from taking part in news conferences because he dared to ask hard questions, questions that are on so many people’s minds, another so-called red line has been crossed.
Here’s my suggestion: The next time a presidential news conference or briefing is scheduled, have everyone show up but no one ask a thing, have no one say a word. Let his tweets and designated driveler do the talking. The country would not lose much and might be even better off for that. Certainly, best would be for the press not to attend at all, but that would be unrealistic and unpatriotic.
Robert M. Lebovitz, North Dallas
Here’s what happened …
CNN’s Jim Acosta was simply accosting the woman who was doing her job and our president’s reaction was instinctive and appropriate, as he apparently did not appreciate the bullying of a woman, aside from the disrespect to his request and his office.
Diane Benjamin, Dallas/Preston Hollow
Opinions? Here are the facts
Re: “But the narrow margin of O’Rourke’s loss is a singular moment in recent Democratic history, Mark Davis says,” Friday Viewpoints.
Davis’ column sounds more like he is trying to convince himself rather than trying to make a case. He states his opinion for a living, but of course to paraphrase a familiar saying, “Opinions are like noses — everybody has one.” And of course a lot of us don’t share his opinions.
But let’s put opinions aside for some facts: Democrats had their best statewide performance in decades. Collin County was competitive for Democrats for the first time in an even longer period. And the analysis of who voted shows that a lot of people who used to vote Republican flipped and are now voting Democratic. Democrats are on the rise, and Republicans are losing support.
I’ll agree with Davis that there wasn’t the blue wave that many were expecting. But if he thinks it’s not coming, he’s likely to find himself in the soggy footsteps of King Canute.
Mike Rawlins, Richardson, chairman, Collin County Democratic Party
Will we show charity?
Re: “Concerns about the caravan,” by Annette Curtis, Oct. 29 Letters.
Curtis expresses concerns about where the caravan of migrants headed toward the U.S. is getting food, water and gas. She asks, “Who is paying for and supplying all this?” The Washington Post supplied the answers two days ago: “The responsibility of feeding, clothing and sheltering several thousand migrants has been embraced by the small Mexican towns along the route, with residents jumping into charity mode as if they were responding to a natural disaster. ‘We’re supporting them 100 percent,’ Rafael Trinidad, a municipal employee, said as he passed out sandwiches to migrants arriving along the main road. ‘At least here, they can feel good.'”
I wonder if, when the caravan finally reaches the Rio Grande, American citizens will treat these desperate men, women and their children with the same kindness, understanding and generosity as the poor people of Mexico are doing.
Holmes Brannon, Plano
You’re stepping up then, yes?
Re: “Just wondering,” by Patsy B. Gambrell, Wednesday Letters.
Gambrell states that it would be nice if the people in the caravan could get a hot shower and a delicious breakfast like she had. She wanted to know if there will be a Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas.
Mrs. Gambrell, you are just like all of the liberals. You want to do things that make you feel good but you want others to pay for it. I noticed that there was nothing in your letter that said that you would be willing to take maybe 10 or 15 of these people into your home. That you would feed them, take care of their medical needs and pay for their education so that the cost would not be on the taxpayer.
America is a country with laws and these people are breaking the law when they try to enter this country illegally. And, yes, they will probably be separated from their children. Criminals are separated from their children when the criminal breaks the law and sent to prison, but you never mention anything about that.
James E. Reed, Allen
This isn’t smart; it’s politics
Seeing pictures of the U.S. Army today putting up barbed wire on the U.S. border reminded me of my recent visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Sending 15,000 troops to the border, away from their families, is not the answer to a migrant caravan that is only in south Mexico. Yes, we must protect our national sovereignty and border, but this amount of force is not necessary. Politicizing our military is a slippery slope.
Chris Ford, East Dallas
Respect’s the bottom line
Re: “McConnell looks for cash in the wrong places,” by Scott Burns, Oct. 21 Business column.
Thank heavens for Scott Burns! He reminds me of people who read the Bible and can quote from it chapter and verse. Burns goes to the government financial “bible” and can quote chapter and verse to support his comments. Burns says — to paraphrase — that both parties are lying through their teeth.
Well, many do say anything to get elected and make promise after promise until they get to Washington. I wonder how many in Congress really know and understand exactly what they are voting on? How many actually read the entire Affordable Care Act and understand it?
In all honestly, I will say this is a heavy burden on our elected representatives and regardless of party, they deserve our respect as well as respecting each other. Let’s all be courteous and civil.
Barbara Wiskow, Dallas
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