In a Word, Unfit

To the Editor: Donald Trump is unfit to be president. This is not a new nor notable statement. He has amply demonstrated throughout his term that he has neither the intellect nor character for the job. He is a habitual liar who distorts facts to suit his narcissistic ends while valid criticism is deflected by citing crackpot conspiracy theories such as QAnon or the imaginary Deep State. His failures are many. Trump has conducted a chaotic foreign policy that has alienated allies while displaying deference to authoritarian leaders. In the face of overwhelming intelligence, he denies that Russia continues to influence our election processes in …

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I Was Wrong!

To the Editor: In July of 2018 I wrote a letter to the Editor which stated, “What is almost 100 percent certain…is that Trump’s businesses are kept afloat by laundering money for the Russian mafia, oligarchs and other crooks. This has been going on for years.” I added, “The Russians are able to control Trump…by threatening to cut off the source of funds that keep him afloat….” Trump’s tax returns, released against his will, four years after his promise, show that he personally owes the banks $400 million, due in the next few years. No bank would loan this kind of money to Trump (six …

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Flotsam & Jetsam

“The watchword is only one, categorical and challenging for everyone. It already flies across and lights the hearts from the Alps to the Indian Ocean: Winning! And we will win, in order to finally give a long period of peace with justice to Italy, to Europe, to the world.” – Benito Mussolini, (1883 – 1945) declaring war, June 10, 1940 –=≈=– “That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.” – Mark Twain

Whatever happened to our sense of right and wrong?

When I was young, success was not being rich but being a person of good repute: honest, hardworking, and willing to help others. We were taught stories in school about how presidents should be honest and of good character: stories about how George Washington confessed about cutting down the cherry tree and Abe Lincoln walking 3 miles at night to return 6 cents he had overcharged a customer. Also, we held religious stories in common, like how it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven. Yet now we have elected a rich …

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Kybella Latuda Embrel

To the Editor: A Limerick for direct-to-consumer drug marketers: Kybella Latuda Embrel Tried to understand Pharma’s ad Hell But the rash and the wheezing The dribbling and sneezing Neither Flomax nor Reclast could quell. Donald Venes Undisclosed Secure Location

A Few Random Items of Potential Interest

We can’t cite any specific authorities on this matter—we have little to go on other than our own observations—but we’ve been getting the impression lately that even people who are normally level-headed have been getting cranky lately. We can’t say for sure why, but we have our suspicions. It may have something to do with the 210,000 people who’ve died so far from the dreadfully mishandled global pandemic. Or, it may be a reaction to the economy nearly dying, due to the failed attempt to stop the virus. On the other hand it could be some kind of subconscious reaction to the mass-extinction crisis. That …

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