To the Editor:
I am dismayed by Senator Charles Grassley?s efforts to gaslight his constituents in two recent articles printed in The Journal.
The first, on July 9, was titled ?Voters deserve honest, complete transparency,? wherein Grassley claimed he is a strong advocate of accountability and transparency in government. If so, why has he not used his position to insist on the release of Trump?s tax returns and persuaded his GOP colleagues to do likewise? Why is Congress allowing Trump to violate the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution by using the presidency to reap additional profits from his private businesses? Taxpayers have paid multiple millions of dollars for Trump to vacation at properties he owns. Foreign dignitaries are herded to Trump?s D.C. hotel. How much taxpayer money is lining Trump?s own pockets?
The second, on July 19, was titled ?Trump admits his mistake,? referring to the Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki, where Trump said: ?My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it?s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it?s not Russia. I will say this. I don?t see any reason why it would be.? Trump later claimed, in a grudgingly read statement, that he meant to say ?I don?t see any reason why it wouldn?t be.? It is quite clear from watching the Helsinki press conference that Trump did not misspeak and meant exactly what he said. Grassley interprets Trump?s claim that he misspoke as an apology. It was not an apology; it was a pathetic excuse made because of the political blowback. Grassley said Trump?s apology was an ?honorable thing to do.? Was it an honorable thing to eagerly accept the word of a trained liar like Putin? Grassley?s willingness to accept Trump?s ?clarification? and even express admiration for it shows a disregard for the truth as well as the intelligence of his constituents.
Prior to Trump?s inauguration he was given incontrovertible evidence that Russia, at Putin?s direction, interfered in our 2016 election, yet he continues to cozy up to and praise Putin. Why? Because Putin possesses kompromat? Because of the Trump family?s financial ties with Russia? Either way, Trump is clearly seeking to protect his own interests, not ours. Politicians who can still continue to support, defend, and excuse Trump?s behavior are far more interested in keeping their own positions of power than they are in protecting our democracy, our national security, and the interests of their constituents. These are not partisan issues; they are issues that should concern all Americans. President Theodore Roosevelt once said: ?To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else.?
To the Editor:
As the Washington County Fair has another chapter in the book, we would like to say thank you to the many volunteer people. From the projects, to the shows and the wonderful entertainment. The 911 display was wonderful and what a once-in-a-lifetime event for us. We appreciate all your efforts.
Andy and Jolene Colthurst