Lies that matter and lies that don't

To the editor:

I was honored that my most recent letter received a response from an eminent professor from Averett. I wasn’t sure anybody actually read these letters. Greener’s Law says never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel. My mama taught me to never argue with someone more educated than I am, so I will make no arguments here; only some observations and experiences from an old man’s eyes.

First, I must clear up a misconception that has floated around for years. President Bill Clinton was not impeached for “lying about a consensual sexual relationship with an intern.” He was impeached for lying to a grand jury, which is perjury, which is a felony. Clinton was impeached and his license to practice law was suspended. As for “consensual sexual relationship,” as a former administrator, in my personal opinion, there can never be a “consensual sexual relationship” between two individuals at different power levels in the same organization because of the underlying possibility of rewards or punishments; think boss/employee or teacher/student. A main impetus of the #MeToo movement was people with power taking advantage of people without power.

Growing up in South Florida, the winter tourists most difficult to bear were rich New Yorkers. They were obnoxious, arrogant and everything they had or did was the biggest/best. Donald Trump is a classic example of those braggarts. Trump’s personal life has been, shall we say, questionable. If I had a daughter, I would not want her dating Trump. If I had a company I wanted someone to run, or, more importantly, a country to be led, I would choose Trump because he sets goals and accomplishes them.

According to The Washington Post, President Trump has told “13,435 lies.” Does anyone ever wonder who sits around and monitors the list? The two politician lies that I most remember are “You can keep your doctor” and “Your insurance premiums will go down $2,500 per year.” Those two lies were instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is a pretty good deal if the taxpayers are subsidizing (paying) your premiums. If, like my family, you do not qualify for subsidies the ACA is not a good deal. For 2020, an ACA Marketplace Bronze (cheapest) Level policy costs $950 per month with a $6,000 deductible (for one person). That means you must spend over $17,000 per year before your insurance starts paying. Those two lies and the ACA affect my family’s life every day; those two lies cost my family thousands of dollars per year. Can anyone out there name two “Trump lies” that affect their daily life? Can anyone out there name two “Trump lies” that cost their family thousands of dollars per year?

There are two main types of lies. Lies of commission are the misstatement of facts. Just as bad are lies of omission which is when important facts are left out. Over the last three years we have seen multiple examples of lies of omission. Are people who get their information from Democrats, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Register & Bee familiar with the names Brennan, Comey, Page, Strzok, Fusion GPS, Steele, Mifsud, Simpson, Browder, Crowdstrike, Ohr (Nellie and Bruce), Halper, Durham, Mueller, Whitey Bolger, Turk and Veselnitskaya? Are those readers aware of the organizations Prevezon Holdings, Baker Hostetler or Perkins Cole? Do we know about former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s campaign donation to Jill McCabe, wife of Andrew McCabe? How many of your readers have read “Standards for Handling Classified Information”? After a close reading of these guidelines the question will not be why hasn’t Trump “locked her up” but why were no actions taken by the previous administration, the Department of Justice and the FBI?

If anyone out there is not familiar with all the names listed here, you have no idea what has been going on in your country for the past four years.



Governing involves compromises

To the editor:

An additional thought on “Sanctuary” counties. I will not say “Republican” because I am not one, but I will say “moderate conservative independent with common sense” because I am one.

If those of the latter group want to have a voice in our state, we need to run more attractive candidates who can win in some of these more urban areas. We need to be willing to compromise on issues like gun control and abortion rights to bring us into the 21st century.

I believe that we have far too many guns in the hands of people who are not fit to have them, and I think there are worse things than abortion. Think about the children who grow up and live in situations where they are treated worse than animals. They live in our society with no concept of what it means to work, raise a stable family and be a good citizen. So don’t hand me that crap about banning all forms of abortion.



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