What national emergency?If there is a true national security emergency on our Southern border, why isn't it the lead story every day in every Texas newspaper and on every Texas- based television station? George Neary, Dallas/Preston HollowOpen to the GatesesWhile talking to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is like talking to a wall, it came to mind that with the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership that is to be presented to billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates, perhaps with the situation at our border resembling the "gates of hell," the wall can be funded by the Gates Foundation and we'd call them — the Gates of ... Heaven.Diane Benjamin, DallasCoping with a 'wallbatross'President Donald Trump's insistence on a wall is a no-win proposition. He may find the Russian intrigue to be more of a hindrance to remaining president, but the wall, as a concrete symbol of a past that will not return, is the one that the electorate understands. Trump has ostensibly left … [Read more...] about Letters: To build or not to build — is a border wall the answer?
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Leonard L. Glass and Bandy X. Lee January 17, 2019 The fact that President Trump lies multiple times a day has become inescapably obvious to all but his most blinkered supporters. In that group of hard loyalists, his inveterate lying doesn’t merit direct refutation, just proper appreciation. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway introduced us to “alternative facts,” which imply that the president does not see the utility of participating in our truth when his “gut” is much more reliably Donald-friendly. Rather, he operates alongside or above our truth through his own elusive discernment, always confidently doubling down. We, the benighted, are mired in a universe defined by science, history, and direct observation that clearly can no longer be trusted, since it is offered via “the enemy of the people” or “fake media” who, … [Read more...] about Why Trump lies, and why you should care
Produced by Clare Friedland, Lourdes Aguiar, Elena DiFiore and Shoshanah Wolfson [This story previously aired on July 15, 2017. It was updated on Dec. 29, 2018.] Matt Herren still struggles to make sense of what happened the night of Oct. 12, 2012, when his close friend, Ryan Poston, was killed. "I think about him every day," Herren said. "You don't think something like that is ever going to happen to someone you know." "Is there something I could've done that could've prevented that? And I know a lot of people in his life had to have felt the same way," Herren told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. How did things spiral so out of control between Ryan and his girlfriend, Shayna Hubers, that she shot him to death -- insisting it was to protect herself? "What was lost when your friend was shot and killed?" Van Sant asked Herren. "He's the type of person that you want in your life," he replied. "Not just a friend, but a loving son, a protective, adoring older brother." "He had … [Read more...] about New murder trial for Shayna Hubers: Why did she shoot Ryan Poston six times?
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Dru Sjodin was a woman who could easily represent someone in anyone’s life — a daughter, a sister, a best friend, the girl next door. It’s one of the reasons her abduction on Nov. 22, 2003, from a mall parking lot in Grand Forks has resonated so strongly with those who heard her story, said East Grand Forks Police Chief Michael Hedlund. “You can picture her as someone in your life,” he said. The University of North Dakota student from Pequot Lakes, Minn., a small town of 2,100 about 200 miles southeast of Grand Forks, was taken in a public setting while leaving the Columbia Mall. During a phone call with her boyfriend, Chris Lang, the line suddenly disconnected, but not before she uttered, “Oh my God.” By all accounts, the young woman loved life, cared for others and would do anything within her power to help anyone feel special, said Britni Schmalz, a Minot teacher who was in Sjodin’s sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, … [Read more...] about 15 years after abduction and murder, Dru Sjodin’s memory is not forgotten
The Pentagon has been landing transport planes in Texas for almost a week, part of a deployment of as many as 15,000 active-duty troops to the border in a mission that critics say has less to do with national security than its impact on midterm elections. Operation Faithful Patriot erupted as a partisan flashpoint after President Donald Trump announced his intention to send soldiers and equipment to the border to prevent several thousand impoverished Central Americans from entering the country. In tweets and at rallies, Trump has said without evidence that a caravan of men, women and children making their way on foot through Mexico contained “some very bad thugs and gang members,” unidentified Middle Easterners and “some very tough fighters” and has suggested they would try to storm the border by force. Several former military and intelligence leaders scoffed at the purported threat. The troops being deployed have no military objective, said Michael Hayden, a … [Read more...] about GIs arriving in Texas for border mission, but why?