Letters in the editor's mailbag.
The rules have changed for Trump
A few thing Donald Trump needs to keep in mind: He cannot fire Kim Jong Un or North Korea. He cannot fire the New York Times or CNN. He cannot fire congressional investigation panels. He cannot fire the IRS or the Supreme Court. He cannot fire the NFL or Black Lives Matter. He cannot fire the popular vote. And, he cannot repeal, replace or pardon his conscience - if he even has one.
Trump's NFL talk out of bounds
Here's a reply to Ron Galdabini's letter ("Doesn't Trump have a right to speak?" Sept. 28) addressed to "snowflakes" about "my United States" and "my president" speaking his thoughts on firing NFL players who kneel:
"18 U.S. Code 227 - Wrongfully influencing a private entity's employment decision by a member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch.
"A) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity [takes or withholds or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another.]
"Shall be fired under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States."
Fact-checkers covered for Trump
The writers of the "fact check" sidebar (accompanying the Sept. 28 Associated Press piece on President Trump's tax overhaul plan) provided us a healthy dose of false equivalency and sneaky editorializing. They equated Trump's erroneous assertion that the wealthy would benefit "very little" with Sen. Charles Schumer's statement that everything in the plan would benefit the wealthy.
Schumer's overstatement (only the estate tax shift would benefit the rich) was off-base, but his conclusion was right; the very rich definitely benefit. Trump was mistaken or lying outright, knowing that the new estate tax policy would benefit only the uber-rich.
Its noteworthy that the writers of a "fact check" piece would try to cover the president's nether regions with this misdirection play.
S. Lea Jones
Trump's draft experience common
Two recent letters to the editor about President Trump threw out uninformed information regarding his deferments from 1964 to 1968 and then an additional one for bone spurs in 1969. I'm tired of people who either purposely put out untrue information or just simply get their information from Yahoo or an unaccountable blogger.
The way things worked back then was if you were in college or even junior college, you only had to apply for a 1S deferment to continue getting your education. If you say anyone who got this kind of deferment was a coward, then you'd better include the entire peace movement, too, because I knew a ton of people who continued their education to stay out of the draft.
An example of how tainted the thinking of these two writers is: compare Bill Clinton's corresponding years to Trump's. Both were born in 1946, both entered college in 1964. Trump graduated in 1968 and applied for, and received, a 1Y deferment for bone spurs. Clinton continued his education for one more year for a total of five years and graduated in 1969.
In 1969 they both had high draft lottery numbers, 311 and 356, respectively; the highest number drafted that year was 195. Why didn't the two writers throw Clinton under the bus, too?
As for the bone spurs, during those years, I remember guys getting 4F deferments for having allergies to grass, as well ailments such as flat feet, and a 1Y deferment still left you eligible for national emergencies.
People need to do their homework before spewing nonsense as truths.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2017|
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