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Your views: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020

President Donald Trump [AP Photo]
President Donald Trump [AP Photo]

We already have term limits in place

Regarding the letter by Bill E. Taylor (Your Views, Jan. 29): I've got good news for everyone who supports term limits. All elected offices in America have term limits now. They're called elections. Mandated term limits only limit our choices, and accomplish nothing the voters can't do now. Learn who the candidates are, and take the time to find out which ones support your interests and values. The more people vote, and the more people educate themselves, the better our democracy will work for everyone.

A great way to do this is to sign up for absentee voting. You'll receive your ballot well in advance of elections. It's not only a free reminder service, but you'll also have time to study the ballot and determine who best to vote for. You can still vote in person, either with early voting at your county election board or at your regular polling place on Election Day. Please do your part and make your voice heard.

Victor Gorin, Oklahoma City

Members ceding their power to the president

The balance of power as designed by the Constitution's framers has reached its demise. Congressional senators and representatives feared retribution from a bully president threatening to end their political careers if they dare allow any light into his actions. These politicians placed more value in their positions of power rather than in considering evidence that could either condemn or exonerate the matter at hand.

The irony of their failure to allow investigation is that they no longer own their power. They have given it all away to a president who holds them hostage.

Pat Lowry, Oklahoma City

It’s no wonder the ‘fake news’ label exists

“Trump trial arguments target voters” (Associated Press, Feb. 4) said, “Senators acknowledge the House Democratic managers have essentially proven their case that Trump abused power and obstructed Congress …” They did no such thing. I watched the proceedings. What was proven is that the Democratic Party that controls the House of Representatives has wasted the taxpayers’ money and time trying to find a way to overturn the will of the people in the 2016 election and confuse voters enough to keep Trump from being re-elected this year. First it was “Russian collusion.” When that didn’t work, they tried to push through impeachment without giving the president any defense in the House. Then they tried to intimidate the Senate to do the House’s job for them. No wonder the mainstream media is mostly known as “fake news” nowadays.

Olin Ramoly, Edmond

Letter writer blind to the facts about Trump

Regarding the letter by Sharon Tilbury (Your Views, Feb. 5): It is astounding to think someone could be so blind to the facts. Anyone who has paid attention will realize that President Trump has done more positive things for America than any president in my lifetime (I am 76). The Democrats had zero proof of any wrongdoing by this president, yet they decided on a purely political impeachment path to follow. This could surely mark the beginning of the death of the Democratic Party, to be replaced by a new party with the best interests of our country at heart.

D.G. Walkup, Oklahoma City

We women should be breaking barriers

“GOP cheers speech; Horn says work remains” (News, Feb. 6) said the State of the Union speech was “divisive.” The only thing I saw or heard that was divisive was the way Democrats acted. The speech was uplifting, informative and encouraging. I am appalled at the way the women in the Democratic caucus acted. They couldn't stand unless Nancy Pelosi stood, they couldn't clap unless Nancy clapped. They had looks of disdain, slumped in their seats, looked at their phones and had utter disrespect for the office of the presidency.

I know they were making a statement, and they were all supposed to be unified. Really? We as women need to break down barriers, and not act like puppets. I thought this is the time for women to be free thinkers, to step out of the box, to stand up for what they believe in, regardless of party and Nancy. I sure didn't see that Tuesday night.

Barbara Butterfield, Oklahoma City

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