Dinner was good

TO THE EDITOR: As a veteran, I recently attended an event at the Elizabethtown Social Center where the staff and student members hosted an excellent dinner for area veterans.

I would like to thank the social center staff, Arin Burdo and Shari Morris along with parents, Sarah and Robert Rice for their sincere kindness and respect to those of us present. It was so very gratifying to have the students from Boquet Valley School who are members of the Social Center, meet us at the door, take our coats and seat us and then serve the veterans. I can’t express enough how very proud I was of our social center staff and student members.

Kudos to all. Thank you.

DAVE BLADES

Lewis

 

 

Truth beats lies

TO THE EDITOR: I was impressed by the professionalism and intellect of the career diplomats who testified in the impeachment inquiry.

Henry Kissinger once defined diplomacy as “the art of restraining power.”

General James Mattis, former Secretary of Defense, said before members of Congress at a National Security Advisory Council meeting, “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.” If a country overvalues military might and undervalues diplomacy, it works to their detriment. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq prove that just military success is not enough to win.

President Trump, by using Rudy Giuliani and unqualified individuals because they donated one million dollars, disrespects and bypasses diplomatic professionals.

Following are significant words from the book “Rise up and Salute the Sun” by Suzy Kassem: “Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement, not destruction. Truth, not lies.”

In my opinion, President Trump falls in the second for all the above.

This is not an argument for impeachment but rather my statement the president has a lack of character, abuses the power we gave him for his benefit and lacks honesty. He is the chief misinformation provider when he repeatedly recites Putin’s Russian disinformation campaign. Nancy Pelosi told him to his face, “all roads with you lead to Putin.”

There is also a road to Erdogan and Turkey, where Trump has substantial businesses. He aligned with a brutal leader, essentially giving permission for indiscriminate killing and displacement of our Kurdish allies. I would never vote for someone I wouldn’t want as a friend because of a lack of character.

JAY LePAGE

Peru

 

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