How about printing some good news?
Editor: My subscription to The Record has just started again and, due to Tony Bernados, Jim Sutton, and Craig Richardson, I’m sure it will end soon if the negative slant is continuous. It is December — a happy time of year to count our blessings, be happy and feel blessed.
Reading the articles printed is more like a doomsday feeling. I’m sure you can find some good words to raise the spirits of our community. Tax cuts … good. There’s more money in our hands instead of Uncle Sam’s (even if it is $10 as Norman Dean stated). Our stock market has hit record highs 70 times this year!
Unemployment is low, with a better outlook for next year.
If everyone is so unhappy about getting more money back, then please send to me or give to one of your charities.
Please start understanding what is good news and quit making people feel depressed about everything.
I think it is time you sit back and enjoy our new economy and, if your stocks have gone up or you have to pay less in taxes, just send that money to your party affiliation and tell them to reelect someone who will take it away, and then you may feel happy again. Rejoice, rejoice. It is time for some good news here in St. Augustine on the Opinion Page!
It’s protections Trump’s eliminating
Editor: Anybody reading the weekly rants of Betsy McCaughey might believe that an army of unaccountable federal bureaucrats are feverishly creating regulations which do nothing but thwart law abiding businesses and citizens. In her most recent column McCaughey singles out this sinister “deep state” for creating reams of stifling regulation and praises the Trump administration for eliminating many of them.
For somebody who has been around government and politics for a long time, McCaughey seems surprisingly confused about how democracy functions. All of the regulations she finds so oppressive have come about because Congress passed a law, most of them to provide protections for workers, consumers, the environment and wildlife.
Regulations are then formulated to specify how those laws are to be enforced and they are all subject to congressional review. There is nothing nefarious about the process.
McCaughey never mentions any of the regulations that Trump has repealed, probably because most of them enjoy strong public support. For example, Trump blocked a regulation preventing mining companies from dumping polluted mining waste into rivers and streams. He stopped the EPA from requiring mining companies to prove they have the financial ability to pay for the cleanup costs of their operations, potentially leaving the cost to the federal and state governments.
He eliminated the ban on the use of lead ammunition on federal land that will lead to the needless deaths of countless hawks and eagles. At a time when the world is awash in oil, he overturned the ban on offshore exploration for oil and the ban on seismic testing for oil that kills whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. Trump is also busy eliminating consumer protections and regulation of the financial industry designed to prevent a repeat of the 2009 recession.
And for this McCaughey thinks Trump deserves praise?
Bruce P. Kading
Trumpers need some Civics classes
Editor: The opinion piece, “We need more civics education” is both true and frightening. As our country moves forward there is no question that Trump voters were, and are, constitutionally illiterate. One has to only watch Fox and Fox and Friends morning show hosts trips to American diners to realize how out of touch many of these people are. Apparently Trump voters either skipped civics class or failed the exam. Instead of asking them loaded questions , ask them to state the five freedoms of the First Amendment. Explain to them that the Second Amendment was meant allow the government to raise a militia, not to give private citizens the right to possess military weapons of war. We should immediately ban private ownership of all such weapons and begin confiscation immediately. Just for fun give Trump supporters a blank paper with the outline of the 50 states and ask them to identify each one.
As the article states, a functioning democracy depends on an informed citizenry. With only one in four Americans able to name all three branches of government it is no wonder the under-educated class of American voters are so wiling to support the monarchy of Donald Trump. Since the federal funding for civics was eliminated in 2011, today’s high school students have no clue of how our government should work.
If our schools continue to ignore the importance of teaching students civics, the poorly educated will continue to elect more Donald Trumps, then it is only a matter of time before the American democracy as we know it will be only a memory.
As my dad, a student of history and a conservative Republican public servant if there ever was one, predicted decades ago, China one day will become the new world leader both economically and militarily That time is now.