In response to the May 20 letter ‘‘It’s the nominator”: U.S. Sen. John McCain opposed Gina Haspel for CIA director for the simple reason that she would not answer a yes or no question; this is what he said. I have no reason to doubt his word. He had no difficulty in saying this — this is fact.

“Do you believe torture is immoral?” This question goes directly to McCain’s core beliefs. He believes torture is immoral and does not reflect American values. He having lived through it for years knows better than you or I what torture is and what its purpose is. He has spoken out against “enhanced interrogation” for a long time. It is not about the nominator.

This is fact: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders may have supported that John Brennan did a good job in the position, but he did not vote for his confirmation as the letter writer claims. You may check the Congressional Record. So he does not need to explain his vote, and it was not about the nominator.

If you were to ask any legislator why he or she voted no on Haspel, I’m sure you will find a number of answers; and they would have no problem expressing this for she was a controversial candidate for many reasons, not just that she was nominated by President Trump as the letter writer inferred. She came with significant baggage, and Trump picked her precisely because of his stance on torture.

She did come with the ability to do the job and credentials unlike some of Trump’s picks for top positions.

Frances Perkins

Copley

Be reasonable on gun laws

In the May 19 letter “Learn about the true NRA,” the writer urges students to not be misled about gun violence and the National Rifle Association. I suggest that the misleading is being done by the NRA itself.

The absurd notion that any gun law is a violation of rights and freedom seems unique to the NRA. The right to free speech has constraints: One can’t yell “fire!” in a crowded theater. The right to avoid self-incrimination has constraints: If a person is granted immunity he or she must testify.

So the talking point that any law relating to gun use is a violation of freedom is simply not based on the reality of individual rights.

Further, the talking point that any control of guns is useless because there will still be gun violence, if followed to its logical conclusion, would suggest that we not have laws controlling the speed of a car, because people will still speed. Or that laws prohibiting robbery are useless because people will still rob.

Many NRA members are gun owners who also support reasonable gun laws. Those who set their hair on fire at the mention of any kind of gun law whatsoever should maybe stop drinking so much of the NRA Kool-Aid.

Frank Kunstel

Willowick

Obama gave us Trump

The May 12 letter “Our democracy must be saved” called Donald Trump the most heinous of presidents. The writer disregards that Trump’s presidency is the legacy of Barack Obama, whose actions disrupted our political process.

Whoever hates President Trump has Obama to blame — his maneuvering the GOP into nominating Trump was a ploy to get victory for Hillary Clinton, and it backfired.

Without Obama, we’d probably have Ted Cruz as president, a wiser choice.

Don F. McClish

Stow