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Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 24

Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 24

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Who are those really obstructing justice?

The Gazette May 10 edition reported Rep. Paul Tonko saying Attorney General Robert Barr was “seriously misleading” the public about the contents of the Mueller report.
Barr’s summary quoted the statement on page 173 Volume I of the Mueller report that “the investigation did not establish that the campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” 
How copying this statement into Barr’s summary becomes misleading escapes me.
Perhaps Tonko was influenced by fellow Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who on April 21 stated there is “ample evidence of collusion in plain sight.” 
Tonko  should call on Schiff to release this evidence so that Mueller, Barr and the American people can see why Barr was completely misled by the Mueller report.
Can obstruction of justice exist with no crime (collusion)? 
According to page 7 Volume II of the Mueller report it can. 
It states, “obstruction statues do not require proof of crime” and “evidence we obtained did not establish the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference.” 
Using this logic, anyone who is falsely accused could be charged with obstruction of justice if they fought the charges.
Charging someone with obstruction when they did not commit a crime strikes me as sour grapes and not reflecting the true meaning of justice.
A couple final thoughts: Does anyone seriously think the conclusion on page 173 Volume I will be changed if everything is released, and if Trump is guilty of obstruction, than so is Rep. Schiff, who is doing everything to prolong the investigation.
Andy Beiniks

Is Trump bucking for a war with Iran?

An act of war? 
Above the objections of our allies, the United States pulled out of the Iran deal. This deal prevented Iran from making a  nuclear bomb. This act by President Trump was simply interpreted as a juvenile act to undo what President Obama had accomplished. 
Recently, Trump decided again,  above the objections of our allies, to impose harsh economic trade restrictions on Iran.
These punishments dramatically cut oil and metal exports to other nations. This act by the United States is very much like a physical blockade in concept and could be interpreted as an act of war upon Iran by the United States. 
Will this apparent aggression by the United States goad Iran to respond with an aggressive action?
And will a retaliatory aggressive action by Iran give reason for the United States to start a real war, with our best men dying in the Middle East again?
A president would not be planning to send thousands of troops to the Middle East if he was not considering an invasionary war. 
The president is well aware that the popularity of a president goes up when the United States goes to war. Is the end game by Trump to start another Middle East war just to increase his popularity for his re-election? I pray not. 
The president should concentrate on our real enemies, which are China and Russia.
John Dworak

Good economy true measure of fitness

In Arnold Seiken’s May 22 letter, he said he thinks the fact that President Trump lost $1.17 billion over 10 years should somehow be a reason to question his ability to lead our country.
Under President Trump, our economy is stronger than it has been in 40 years. Jobs are coming back. Money from overseas is coming back. Unemployment is lower than it has been in 40 years. I guess you are right. President Trump doesn’t know what he is doing. By the way, under his highness Obama, the national debt nearly doubled in eight years, to $20 trillion. That is more than the first 43 presidents accumulated.
I’ll take President Trump anyway.
Dave Edwards

Home car-chargers  a boon for engineers
This must be the most optimistic time for an electrical engineer since Thomas Edison, for it offers the opportunity to invent gizmos to turn every house in the world into a “gas station” for the emerging electrical cars. Every car sleeps in its garage 10 hours a day, perfect for recharging.
This could displace the new formal recharging stations being built and eliminate the middle man. Who knows, maybe GE could exploit this for its long awaited comeback.
David Childs

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