A nation without Trump

I see no problem with indicting a sitting president or impeaching one. We’ve had two impeachment attempts lasting months and the office continued fine.

As to criminal indictment or a trial taking a president away from his duties, we’ve had many presidents who were unable to make decisions and the country survived just fine. From illness or injury alone, there are many examples.

The country didn’t stop during the time these presidents were unable to preside in office: William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, James Garfield, William McKinley and Ronald Reagan.

Corporations don’t grind to a halt when a CEO is indicted or is on trial or dies — the most senior board members take over and they continue.

This is basically the job of vice president: being constantly in the loop, ready to step in at a moment’s notice. When Donald Trump is indicted and goes on trial, we have the most fully briefed person in the entire country ready to step in: the VP. No interruption, no confusion, no need of anyone being brought up to speed.

The principles of law applying equally to all are more important than an officeholder, especially where a No. 2 man is constantly prepared to step in and take over.

Trump should not be above the law, and if we have to wait for him to leave office, where is the justice in that? No one else gets such a deal, and neither should he. There’s a very high probability he’s guilty of serious crimes, and should not get years of freedom no one else is accorded. There’s no presidential provision in our Constitution that says he can delay justice or evade it by running out a statute of limitations. His rights are no greater than anyone else’s.

Richard J. Kunkel, Wadsworth

 

See homeless as individuals

“There are homeless people who prefer to be homeless.” This is what I hear when I have talked about the people living in tents at the Homeless Charity. I have not met a homeless person who prefers to be homeless.

Right now I am on the verge of being homeless. I am an artist and I work temporary jobs to make ends meet. I was working a temporary job for nine months. The job ended in April. I had a job for one week in October. Then my unemployment ran out in November.

I played by the rules. Stayed in school and went to college.

Many of the homeless also played by the rules. Many have skills. They need jobs.

I respectfully ask everyone to look past the stigma of the poor and homeless and look at the individual.

Eileen Matias, Akron

 

More to carnage numbers

Robert Gebelhoff’s Dec. 10 commentary “Reduced life expectancy, our real American carnage” noted that U.S. life expectancy is declining, and at “the core of our country’s most shameful failures” are the facts that in 2017, some 70,000 deaths were due to drug addiction, while another 40,000 deaths were gun-related, a total of 110,000.

While data for resident deaths and abortion deaths are not yet available for 2017, we do have comparable data for 2014. The National Center for Health Statistics reports there were 2,626,418 resident deaths in 2014, and the Guttmacher Institute reports there were 926,200 legal abortions in that year.

Comparing across years, legal abortion accounts for approximately 8.4 times as many deaths as drug and gun deaths. Further, adding abortion deaths and other resident deaths together indicates that abortion accounts for some 26.1 percent of all deaths in the U.S.

Given these figures, I would suggest that “the core of our country’s most shameful social failures” is the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion on demand.

Raymond J. Adamek, Kent