America belongs to Native Americans
Regarding Art Henningson’s Dec. 28 Letter to the Editor (“Indian names reflect historic terrorism.”): Whether or not you approve of the Native Americans, this entire continent is their property; they were here first.
Everyone who came from Europe was a genocidal, land-stealing, illegal alien terrorist, as are those of us who are descended from them.
We must return all sovereignty to the indigenous people and either return to Europe or commit to laboring for them to remediate our catastrophic effects on the environment. It is European names that should be removed from the map and the language.
Joyce M. Cockerham
Country can’t ignore treasonous actions
My only comment regarding the Jan. 6 insurrection addresses the question of treason.
Any citizen who has sworn an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and the United States and subsequently is charged with offenses related to insurrection must be charged with treason without recourse.
The oath is an irrevocable promise to the nation that transcends personal beliefs. A violation has to be prosecuted according to statute no matter how distasteful the outcome.
Treason is the political equivalent of attempting to take a human life. Therefore, the act should be examined, judged and adjudicated from that perspective.
Adults possessing the presumed knowledge of the consequences staged the insurrection and are to be held unconditionally accountable for their actions regardless of their social and political standing.
Americans have to acknowledge the gravity of this transgression and accept the unfettered pursuit of justice to conclusion under guidance of the law. If the law demands that individuals answer the charge of treason, prosecution is to proceed without hesitation or debate.
The United States must resist the temptation to ignore or diminish the severity of an act of treason.
We are duty and legally bound to confront an ugly truth and validate our right to exist as a sovereign nation.
Impeachment will distract from Biden
I am highly disappointed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues chose to pass articles of impeachment again against President Trump.
Rather than having him fade away into irrelevance on Jan. 20 — a strong punishment in and of itself — this action will have the inevitable result of inflaming the opposition in an already dangerously polarized nation.
By the will of the American voters, the Democratic Party has been handed the House, the Senate, and the presidency. Please do not hold this inflammatory article in the face of President Joe Biden.
This will weaken his efforts to begin any healing process that he promises and hobble any meaningful Congressional dialogue aimed at addressing the issues related to our times, e.g., COVID-19, border security, race relations, stimulus funding, and government and judicial appointments requiring Congressional advice and consent.
President-elect Biden’s campaign was low-keyed with limited positive proposals and he won by allowing President Trump to self-destruct.
Unfortunately, President Biden will now share the front pages of every newspaper with former President Trump as the impeachment process plays out.
Please, Madame Speaker, do not put the country through another impeachment process of the same president again. We must focus Congressional and President Biden’s attention on pulling this nation back together and addressing the issues of our day. Revenge is not the answer.
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