Transgender law on bathrooms is illogical
Logic is dead in America.
As a woman who travels quite a bit and uses many rest areas in different states, I am questioning the logic behind letting transgender men use the ladies’ restroom facilities. I have nothing against whatever a person chooses to do with their life. But when it puts the majority of women in our country in harm's way, I question where is the logic here.
As you may know, when people fly, they are allowed, with a doctor's permission, to fly with a comfort pet. It was a great idea. But this idea has turned into a misused joke. Anyone can go online and get a letter from an online doctor to take their pet lizard, goat, pig or whatever as their comfort pet.
Just think what will befall women in their rest areas if we don’t stop this now. There are men out there who are misguided and just waiting for the opportunity to overpower, take advantage of and harm women. This gives them a perfect opportunity. As we all know, any so-called good ideas have those with evil intentions just ready to pounce on the situation and take full advantage. Does this not bother you at all, Gov. Cuomo?
I applaud North Carolina for taking a stand for logic and putting the welfare of women ahead of a agenda that only serves to help a minority of people, while putting all women at risk. And for all the CEOs who want to boycott North Carolina, don’t you realize that women purchase more goods than men? You had better hope this doesn’t backfire. I vote for pure and simple logic.
Political parties are ruining the country
I am registered individual voter who abandoned political party affiliation several years ago in total disgust.
I believe in and promote George Washington’s sage observation, paraphrasing: Political parties will lead to the ruination of the nation.
The current election process is chaotic. The Republicans' probable presidential nominee is an anti-partisan, charismatic, yet contentious multi-billionaire hated by the party establishment. The Democratic Party's probable nominee is a very partisan ex-secretary of state. She is facing serious national security breach charges, but is highly unlikely to be prosecuted by her party’s current attorney general.
Further uncertainties: Congress relinquished many of its constitutional powers to the Executive Branch. Presidents now have accumulated near dictatorial powers. Might our next be so inclined?
Our current president has been less inclined to enforce the laws than make them. Presidents and their bureaucracies now create more laws than our impotent Congress. Congress may reject presidential edicts, but is powerless. Impeachment powers can negated by Senate partisan deadlock.
Ultra-wealthy campaign donors are represented by their Washington lobbyists and currently dominate legislators. Posturing for campaign funding and partisan group-think now determines legislative outcomes. Senate rules empower minority parties to block the constitutional democratic process. Majority decisions are often denied by filibuster rules. The “Senate leader” can roadblock most legislation. Congress became a feckless branch of government.
Are you persuaded we have strayed far enough from a constitutional government to all but eliminate the principles and intent of the Constitution?
Heed George Washington’s astute advice and take off the party hats. The party is over. Beware of hangover cure that never worked, imbibing in more of “hair of the dog that bit you.” Kick the partisan habit. Hear out both sides of issues. Choosing congressmen with less bias also means choosing them more wisely. Select and elect dependable first-time representatives — patriots — not career political partisans.
Wallace J. Hughes
Hoping GOP comes to senses over Trump
OK, I get it. Nobody disputes the dysfunction in Washington and the undue influence of Super PACs, corporations, banks too big to fail, high-paid lobbyists and the questionable integrity of many of those we elect to Congress. There is also divided government and the seeming absence of statesmen to rise to the fore to hammer out legislative answers, rather than hold to immovable political positions. We might disagree on the cause of this problem, but for the moment that is not my point.
As we look to the presidential election in November, I am sorely disappointed with many of my fellow citizens who have fallen prey to the carnival barker who eschews civility, facts, lies through his teeth, embraces the vulgar and the violent, and seeks to appeal to many of people’s darkest instincts regarding immigrants, Muslims, protesters, et al. He is rapidly becoming a national embarrassment on the world stage, and may even prove to be a real danger to our security and safety with his reckless and provocative statements.
Watching Trump’s success with so many, I am beginning to understand how some folks lose their savings to shysters and con men who promise great rewards, only to end up penniless. Trump is a narcissist described in detail in clinical psychologist Joseph Bargo’s book, “The Narcissist You Know.” Me, me, me, I, I, I continues to be his mantra. He denies the failure of Trump University, which bilked hundreds, if not thousands. He won’t talk about his business failures and says he would revoke international trade deals, which he gladly took advantage of in his businesses.
If you listen to the thoughtful voices of respected Republican columnists like David Brooks, George Will and Ross Douthat, an honest and sensible perspective on Trump emerges. Brooks calls him “morally repulsive,” someone he could never support. Will says that Trump’s “shambolic syntax disguises his vacuity.” Douthat goes further and describes Trump as “just not a random demagogue promoting bigotry,” but one who has an agenda and message which represents a dagger aimed at the Republican Party. One can only hope that time and good sense can bring many in the Trump camp to the world of Brooks, Will and Douthat.
For those who know history, Trump’s appeal can only harken back to the likes of Huey Long, Father Coughlin and George Wallace, all recognized eventually as demagogues who could speak to people’s fears and seduce many to blindly follow. None succeeded and the collective good sense of Americans prevailed. Let's hope that such good sense continues to be a staple of our great country.
Robert K. Corliss