Letters to the Editor

Definitions build case for 'firing' the president

POTUS has been called many names by many people (and don't forget, he loves to call people names on Twitter), but the ones that seem to be the most important have not surfaced much in the national media. These are names that would implicate he is unfit to hold the highest and most important office in the United States. These are titles that fit him to a tee, yet if anyone in any management position was to be associated with these names, he or she would be fired (a word Trump likes to use often). The names I'm speaking of are: demagogue, megalomaniac, hypocrite, narcissist and delusional. Let's look at the textbook definition (via Google) of these words and see if they fit the man in the White House.

Demagogue: "a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument." Anybody out there want to deny that fit?

Megalomaniac: "a person who suffers delusions of their own power or importance." Any doubt about this one, and you can go back to Day One. POTUS argued with the press and the facts found in photographs and actual numbers about the crowd gathered at his inaugural ceremony and parade!

Hypocrite: "one who claims to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform." We have a POTUS who has admitted on tape that he grabs women in inappropriate places and who curses on national TV and in tweets. How does that behavior reflect on our country?

Narcissist: "a person who has an excessive interest in or admiration of himself." In case some readers are not aware, POTUS is mostly bald. Trump must go through a regime every morning of putting on his red toupee and lavishing himself with make-up (or spray-on tan). Plus, another aspect of the narcissist is that they think so highly of themselves that they never apologize. POTUS has made some major mistakes since he has been president, mostly with his uninformed mouth, but I have heard no apologies whatsoever.

Delusional: "characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder." A mental disorder? Do we really want a president who has a mental disorder and who keeps hiking up the rhetoric against an unstable regime that possesses a nuclear bomb?

So, if you were an employer looking for a qualified applicant and interviewed someone who, without a doubt, held each one of these qualities (one might call them mental problems), would you hire him? And if you were an employer who had mistakenly hired someone who had these disabilities, what would you do about it?

Hmm ... you're FIRED!

Steven Trulock


Benton County should spend money on animal shelter

I read that Benton County officials are starting work on the 2018 budget with a $4.4 million surplus in expected revenue over operating expenses. Benton County is in need of an animal shelter. If the people in our area care as much as they say they do about others around them, I see no reason why the county would not support development of such a shelter. Surely there is enough money to at least develop a feasibility study.

There is an enormous need in our local communities. These poor, defenseless creatures need care so they will hopefully be adopted into a forever home.

Charles Bogert


Editorial on 10/12/2017

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