I find it bewildering that state Sen. Paul Gazelka (“I’d like to expand on my thanks to the president,” Opinion Exchange, Oct. 15) summarizes his piece by writing, “I’m choosing substance over style.” Substance? Style? The current president voluminously and famously displays neither. On the substance side, Gazelka’s assertions of President Donald Trump’s success (tax cuts, restoring choice to health care and protecting pre-existing conditions, immigration reform, better trade deals) are all either greatly exaggerated or flat-out wrong. As for style, Gazelka unbelievably tries to justify rudeness, bullying, misogyny, white supremacy, and a total lack of decorum and class by writing, “Trump’s style is necessary to his leadership.” I assume, then, that Gazelka is on board with the Trump supporter at the rally whose sign advocated hanging “traitor liberals.” Undoubtedly there was poorly directed passion and impropriety from some of Trump’s supporters and some of the protesters, but there was no effort by Trump to bring civility to the occasion. Style? I think not. Mark R. Nordling, Lakeville • • • I was struck today by the contrasts reflected in the opinion section of the Star Tribune. On the one hand, there was Gazelka’s commentary, where he “wants to expand on [his]… Read full this story
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