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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Jan. 31

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Jan. 31

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Ignorant Trump will keep scamming us

President Trump is known for his egomania and complete disregard for the truth. He is dismissive of science and any advice from knowledgeable career diplomats. He calls mainstream media fake news while embracing and retweeting conspiracy theories from tabloid lies.
A new book by Philip Rucker, Washington Post’s White House bureau chief, and Carol Leonnig, a national investigative reporter, reports the depth of Trump’s ignorance of American history.
One incredible example cited in their book, “A Very Stable Genius,” was a visit to Pearl Harbor with John F. Kelly, Trump’s former chief of staff. According to Kelly, Trump seemed to have no idea what had actually happened there.
Trump is utterly certain of himself while being misinformed and ignorant.
He has no interest in acquiring new knowledge because it can contradict his preconceived ideas. This willful ignorance is very dangerous for our country.
He is using the presidency to enrich himself and his family. The scams to enrich himself and his businesses will continue as long as he remains president.
Mark Markovitz

Please stop insulting people’s intelligence

If a kidnap victim or prisoner of war read or made a statement such as “I am being treated well,” no one would consider the statement to be meaningful.
I’d like to listen to the impeachment hearing on WAMC, but as soon as I powered on the radio, I heard a senator with a voice carefully modulated to convey scorn and authority saying, “Zelensky has publicly stated that blackmail or underhanded arm twisting was not involved.”
Like the kidnap victim’s statement, why would anyone consider Zelensky’s statement meaningful?
Presumably, the senator I briefly heard was Republican and why would he even repeat, as though it was meaningful, Zelensky’s statement?
Well, either he thinks we that listen are intellectually challenged and easy pushovers for being led by clones of the Pied Piper or he is intellectually challenged for believing all voters are stupid.
Regardless of why, I chose to shut the hearing off because being insulted is not what I had in mind.
But certainly, I will remember to vote in November.
R. Michael Boyer

Casino staff makes for pleasant visits

I would like to congratulate the team at the Rivers casino headed by Justin Moore. Justin has worked his way from the bottom to the top in the casino industry.
Rivers is the most successful of the new casinos in New York State.
Rivers is a big part of my social life and I find my biweekly visits very enjoyable. My favorite attributes are the friendly dealers and floor bosses. Rivers has a lot of very nice people taking care of business.
The dealers do not have an easy job working with the public. Some customers can be pretty nasty when losing.
Their hourly pay is minimal as they depend on tips for about two thirds of their income.
When you win, you should always tip them. I think about 10% is fair. Keep up the good work. See you at the tables.
Tom Singer


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