Two quotes from Donald Trump during the presidential debate said it all:

When Hillary Clinton accused him of saying, “Gee, I hope it [the housing market] does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money,” Trump replied, “That’s called business, by the way.”

When Clinton charged that state records “showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax,” Trump replied, “That makes me smart.”

On the assumption that we believe every homeowner affected by the crash has only himself or herself to blame and that business owners are within their rights to make a buck off other people’s mistakes, let’s set aside the first reply for a moment.

In an uncensored moment, Trump said he was smart for not paying any federal income tax.

If Trump were the Libertarian candidate, you could give him a pass. But how do the ideals of the party of law and order and of our nation jibe with the concept that it’s smart not to pay federal income taxes?

Does it mean he thinks everyday citizens who dutifully pay their federal income taxes are stupid? Does it mean he’ll think it’s smart to flout other laws?

The one thing it clearly means is that Donald Trump is not fit to be president.

What leader of any nation brags about not paying his or her fair share to support the country? That person is leading for the good of all citizens. Who wants to support anyone that callous and indifferent?

Back to that first reply, that taking advantage of people at the lowest point of their lives is called business. That’s called callous disregard, opportunism at its worst and unconscionable venality.

That’s Donald Trump, a man unfit to lead our country.

Beth Ann Earle

Wadsworth

Danger to ?our democracy

As they campaign for our nation’s highest office, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton are seriously addressing a very important issue.

Extreme wealth in America has become concentrated in the hands of a relative few. As a result, they exert an inordinate influence on our lawmakers in Congress, to the detriment of the average American. We now live in a country where the very wealthy far too often are calling the shots.

Unless a healthy, strong and vibrant middle class is restored, there may come a day when America becomes a nation of the haves and the have-nots, when America ceases to be a democracy and becomes an oligarchy.

This is not at all what the Founding Fathers intended.

Vote as if America’s future depended on it because the simple truth is, it does.

Gust Andrews

Massillon