Challenge from Obama

The contortions of logic that Marc Thiessen had to perform in the Sept. 13 column “Watch Obama violate norms” left me breathless.

Former President Obama has finally stepped up and challenged — with his usual civility and intelligence — the reckless and dangerous Trump presidency. Obama is saying publicly what the cowardly West Wing staff and Republican leadership are wringing their hands about behind closed doors: Their guy is utterly unfit for the job, embarrassing the U.S. across the world and most important, endangering our republic.

To assert an equivalency between Trump and Obama because they both “violate norms” is beyond ludicrous. Obama speaks ungently to and about an emerging tyrant. Trump, on the other hand, has violated and continues to violate almost every norm of decency our society has. I must say though that I am pleased with the new precedent being set — the free and unfettered expression of ex-presidents. When Trump is out of office, I want him to express his every displeasure with the succeeding administrations, and I hope the federal prison system supplies him with all the writing material he needs.

Kevin Garvey, Hudson

 

Tired of negative ads

Stop it please, Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine. Your negative attack ads in the governor’s race are shameful. I have checked on some of your claims. Both of you take a tiny fact and turn it into hurricane Florence.

Please, make ads that tell Ohio what you want to accomplish. Don’t say you will make schools better. Run an ad that tells one action you will push to do this. Don’t say you will get Ohio more jobs. Tell us how you will get more jobs. Do the same for health care, the environment, the homeless, etc.

Your attack ads play on fear. They misrepresent your opponent. We need to know what you will do, not what makes your opponent a snake in the grass. I am beginning to think I will vote Green Party since your attack ads make both of you into liars and give the impression it does not matter which of you wins.

Harry J. Hillegas, Barberton

 

Feckless and fearful

Daily, our freedoms are being discarded and abridged by 45. He is pushing our country to the brink of descent into a fascist state, ruled by him alone. His inadequacies, personal and professional, are startling and well-documented. His egregious threats are responsible for, among other things, the disappearance of the Republican Party.

Even with his daily attacks on our laws and norms, the Republican House majority is nowhere to be found. At the most critical time ever, when we are watching our freedoms being thrown under the bus, the GOP House members are cowering (somewhere), raising their heads long enough to tweet allegiance to the clown car’s driver.

Are they suffering from Stockholm syndrome, aligning themselves with their captor as a survival strategy? Their fear of standing up to the injustices that emanate from the White House should make every GOP senator and representative fear how history will paint them ... feckless and afraid to fight the good fight to save our country.

William McCloud, Stow

 

'Crankshaft' grinds gears

Seriously? The Sept. 16 ‘‘Crankshaft’’ strip had a mom in curlers and a bathrobe intercepting the bus to give her child his lunch.

If Tom Batiuk and Dan Davis are going to continue to depict mothers in a negative way as too harried to be presentable in the morning, could they at least not reference a stereotype from the mid-1900s?

Kim Jenkins, Akron