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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, April 21

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, April 21

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Barr another creature in Trump’s swamp

There is an old adage: “Birds of a feather flock together.” The veracity of those six words has never been more evident than it is today.

Case in point: Take stock of the fellow incompetents that Trump has chosen for his cabinet and also his aides. He has an uncanny talent for choosing these swamp creatures.

The latest creature to enter the swamp is Attorney General William Barr, who actually auditioned for the appointment by writing a lengthy letter to Trump concerning his views against indicting a sitting president. That did it. He was selected and confirmed almost immediately so that the Mueller report would be given to him.

Then the problems began. By his pro-Trump favorable interpreting of the obstruction-of-justice charges, we have to wonder and worry about what will happen next. Let’s pray we do not get saddled with Trump for much longer. You can’t make an egg out of an omelet or a silk purse out of a sow’s ear or a competent president out of Donald J. Trump.
Jane Reisenger
Schenectady

 

Trump treatment of refugees is a disgrace

I don’t feel sorry for former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

She willingly participated in the immoral and inhumane separation of children from their parents at the Mexican border.

Anyone with a sense of decency would have resigned a long time ago. As Jennifer Rubin wrote in her April 9 column, Nielsen’s legacy is one of cruelty and incompetence. Sweet dreams Kirstjen.

President Trump’s immigration policy, steeped in bigotry and racism, disgraces the American people. 

Its immorality is glaring and the avalanche of lies justifying it are signature Trump. 

The president is in a hole, but doesn’t seem to realize that he needs to stop digging and start thinking. Building the wall will not solve the problem.

The people at our border are not drug dealers or murderers. They are refugees seeking freedom and opportunity. We cannot admit most of them, but we need to wake up to the disgraceful crimes against humanity that the president is committing against them in our name. Have we no shame?
Howard Littman
Schenectady

 

Who pays for GE’s misrepresentation?

Lost among recent headlines was a small article buried in the business section proclaiming that General Electric had agreed to pay $1.5 billion to settle a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into misrepresentation of mortgage loans.

As usual with such settlement agreements, GE admitted no liability.  

In the decades leading up to the financial crisis of 2008, GE had been largely transformed into a financial and insurance powerhouse by former CEO Jack Welch.

His successor, Jeff Immelt, carried this legacy to even further extremes, apparently while allowing some dubious practices. One has to wonder why there is no accountability for such behavior. 

Where was the CEO, CFO, Board of Directors, not to mention, so many other corporate officers with elaborate titles, whose job it is to make sure none of these questionable business practices occur?

All are no doubt today enjoying most lucrative post-GE benefits while current CEO, Larry Culp, struggles to save the disaster they left behind.

I sense there is much more to this story that has not yet been told. Pulling such details together requires the work of top investigative reporting teams. I hope one or more teams will soon do so and that there will ultimately be some accountability for all the wrong that has been inflicted on GE.

60 Minutes, CNN, are you listening?
Michael Davi
Niskayuna

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