Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 12
GOP opted not to come to its senses
Following President Trump’s acquittal, I find myself wanting to ask the man’s supporters: “Him? Really?” With his stream of lies, deviancies and absurdities? Him, who drags our expectations of presidential conduct ever lower?
Unethical, mercurial and rage-prone, Trump burns through senior staff. Standing in the way of his corruption will get you summarily fired. He tried to fire Robert Mueller, failing only because subordinates defied him.
He lies incessantly. He told Americans he had no business in Russia while Trump Tower Moscow was an active proposal. He ordered Don McGahn to falsify records. He promised Americans his tax returns; now he’s fighting off subpoenas to hide them. America’s most famous birther, he has praised 9/11 truther Alex Jones, retweeted racists and conspiracy theorists, and confabulated the idea that millions voted illegally. He childishly doctored a hurricane map and broadcast it to an astonished nation.
There’s much more, of course. Perhaps lying and low character aren’t impeachable. But Ukrainegate was. It was Republicans’ opportunity to come to their senses, cut ties and swap in Mike Pence — a hard-nosed conservative and in every respect Trump’s moral and intellectual better. Instead they circled the wagons around — him?
Clint Givens, Norman
Speaking with a straight face …
In “Dustup over word ‘citizen’ taints MAPS 4 board rollout” (News, Feb. 6), Oklahoma City Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon said, "the word 'citizen' is exclusionary." Note to Hamon: Exactly! She went on to use the term "undocumented," which is a euphemism for "illegal." Then Kenneth Jordan, the city attorney, said undocumented (illegal!) but otherwise qualified individuals are "not legally barred" from serving on the advisory board. My question is: Did he say that with a straight face?
Bill Logan, Norman
Honorable, admirable move by Romney
Sen. Mitt Romney exhibited honorable and admirable behavior when he voted for impeachment of President Trump. It is amazing that Romney was the only Republican senator to stand up for what must have been a difficult debate within his mind. Not only did Romney show courage to vote as he did, he also presented a deeply compelling, reasonable explanation of his motives. I am disappointed that I cannot give accolades to Oklahoma Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe. They did not show the willingness to vote against the Republican establishment or risk Trump’s revenge. Romney is to be commended for placing his faith, the Constitution, the national security and his personal commitment to the truth above all.
Colleen Walker, Edmond
Distressing to watch Republican senators
About a year-and-a-half ago, I wrote Sen. James Lankford, whom I have known for more than 20 years and whom I respect, that history would deal harshly with Donald Trump and the Republican politicians who have enabled his many vicious, vindictive and illegal acts the past three years. To watch the Republican senators, with the exceptions of Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, vote not to even allow additional witnesses for the Senate trial or valuable documents to be furnished for consideration caused me to wonder if the American people would actually re-elect a man so unqualified and corrupt as Trump.
God bless Romney for his courage and devotion to his country and his faith in voting for Trump’s removal. His legacy will be one of patriotism, devotion to the truth, and honor.
Gerald Brown, Oklahoma City
Bill would honor the dead and missing
Our family urges the Legislature to vote yes on House Bill 3345, regarding resolution of unsolved cases of missing and murdered indigenous Oklahoma citizens — mostly women. This legislation would fund one missing persons liaison to develop and maintain more efficient coordination among state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies. Voting yes on HB 3345 could lead to capturing serial killers who are preying on Oklahomans who deserve our legislators’ protection.
Called Ida's Law, the bill honors Ida Beard, a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, who vanished on June 30, 2015. She has a family who misses and cares about her — just as you would if your family member disappeared. We urge legislators to approve HB 3345. Punish murders. Honor the dead and missing. And protect the lives of Native American Oklahomans.
Colata Harlan, Yukon
Consider “Oklahoma standard” when voting
In April 1995, journalists and rescue workers coined a phrase “Oklahoma standard” following the spontaneous, altruistic actions witnessed by Oklahomans at the Murrah Building bombing. The term is often used by the media to express extraordinary help given to people in emergency need.
Many Oklahomans exhibit the same generous heart through unselfish works, but their actions ae rarely referred to as the “Oklahoma standard.” We see these self-sacrificing actions in those who give of their time and money to run the clinic Mano Juntas, which was featured in “We need everybody” (News, Feb. 7).
Unfortunately, “Oklahoma standard” seems to apply only when there is an unusual occurrence needing help, such as a bombing, tornado or flood. Where is the “Oklahoma standard” when there are daily needs? Oklahoma ranks 47th in the nation in quality of health. There are thousands of Oklahomans who need help with health issues. One out of every six Oklahomans lives in poverty. Are they not in need? Oklahomans can exhibit the “Oklahoma standard” by voting responsibility for senators and representatives who want to solve our underlying problems of poverty, health and education. When you go to vote, think about whether your candidate will exhibit the “Oklahoma standard.”
C. Gene Stephenson, Edmond