Letters to the Editor for November 20, 2019
No call for president to smear ambassadors, officials
American diplomats may be personal representatives for the president of the United States, but they pledge to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. These two things are different. Diplomats do not pledge to support and defend the president of the United States. POTUS does not equal the Constitution. Therefore, it should not even matter if they supported the president or not.
Yes, POTUS has the absolute right and authority to replace any diplomat he/she chooses; however, there was no need to smear said diplomat in the process.
For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Trump/Giuliani felt the need to destroy Ambassador Yovanovitch before replacing her. He’s the president of the United States; he doesn’t need a pretext for getting rid of her. I assume this is just the default programming for this administration. Insult, demean and bully anyone in your way.
Trump’s behavior is indicative of brainwashing public
After reading “The Mueller Report,” it painted a picture, a pattern of behavior in Trump’s conduct and Trump’s intent.
Trump fired Comey because he would not drop the Flynn Russian investigation nor would he absolve Trump from the Russian investigations. Then Trump directs Don McGahn to call Rosenstein to have the special counsel Mueller removed, and so on. When Trump does not get his way or is covering up a questionable act, he has others do his dirty work. Just look at the White House turnover during this administration.
This presidency has mirrored being in a domestic violent relationship where the perpetrator keeps changing his story to benefit himself, then continues the verbal abuse to control the public through all the chaos. All the negative Trump rhetoric on Twitter points to a form of brainwashing the American public.
The “fake news” only exists in Trump’s tweets. He never won the popular vote in 2016 and most likely did not legitimately win the presidency. The Russian influence through hacked social media accounts and fabricated stories on Clinton may have swayed a few states to vote red.
Read “The Mueller Report” and become enlightened voters. Your democracy is at stake. Some Republicans ought to lift the woolen blinds and see the light!
Columnist ignored basic facts on climate change
I found Dennis Cassinelli’s Nov. 13 commentary about climate change most disappointing. Although his discussions of past climates in the Great Basin were essentially correct, he ignored the accepted (including by those in the Desert Research Institute) scientific association between the current relatively accelerated global warming and the modern release of greenhouse gasses. That “Not everyone believes in the theory of climate change or global warming being caused by the activities of mankind” is certainly, sadly, true, just as “not everyone” believes that the world is round.
The effect of atmospheric greenhouse gases blocking the radiation of heat from the earth is a basic fact of atmospheric physics, which I would have thought Cassinelli would have been at least exposed to in his engineering education at UNR.
The current global concentration of C02, 407.4 ppm, is the highest in at least 800,000 years. The CO2 concentration was never as high during the past glacial altathermals. For those interested in facts rather than opinions, a clear graph of CO2 concentrations over time and other facts about of global warming is at http://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide.
Our current understanding of past global climates include the effects of changes in solar radiation, changes in the earth’s orbit and the impact of major volcanic events. None of these explain the current, and predicted future, rapid global warming without including the effects of man’s release of greenhouse gasses. Apparently, not only politicians need to be educated about this but also Cassinelli.
Middle school class dialogue on climate change was encouraging
I joined my granddaughter, Sophia Whatley, this week as she started a Climate Club at Carson Middle School. The classroom was full of seventh graders during their 35-minute lunch period talking about what’s happening to our planet and what they can do to stop the warming.
They were enthusiastic, polite, thoughtful and engaged, and it was delightful being an active observer. Every class I passed was impressive.
We can be very proud of, and grateful for, what’s happening in our classrooms.
All CMS students are invited to join us on Tuesdays at second lunch in room 24.
There is no Planet B.
The earth is calling us to work to keep it livable.
Protesters deserve equal consideration regardless of issue
Why do strangers give you the finger?
On Oct. 17, five men and one woman, in their respective cars, gave me the finger. Why? I was holding a sign among a group of people standing in front of the Carson Legislature building, gathered for a anti-impeachment rally. My sign: “Speak Louder: Re-elect President Trump.” Our group did not return obscene gestures or curses; I only heard: “Go back to California!” Notably, those insults were only about 8 percent of the total people in cars that passed by. Most gave us a honk or a thumbs up! Our group was not threatening, nor did we bother the single woman across the street holding her Trump caricature sign: “Lock him up.” Our group was peaceful and waved back at supporters.
I do not understand why strangers give obscene gestures. Think about it. People in some foreign countries that behave badly in public can be arrested or killed. Would that same person like his child, wife, mother or grandmother insulted that way? Channel your anger in a positive way.
My daddy fought at Pearl Harbor, Normandy and Korea so Americans can continue to speak freely and to give his daughter obscene gestures. He probably would be angry and not understand, but even though he died in 1960 when I was 8, “he” still protects me. Please follow the golden rule; it is not complicated.
Debbie Brown Cutshaw
I believe that regardless of the outcome of the impeachment proceedings, Rep. Adam Schiff will replace Sen. Joe McCarthy as the stereotype of what is wrong with American politics.
Rep. Schiff repeatedly claimed he had evidence of President Trump colluding with the Russians. For reasons known only to him, Rep. Schiff has failed to produce this evidence. This has resulted in a concern, by many, about his integerity.
I believe Rep. Schiff feels his leadership in the hearings will help in vindicating his integerty but his actions are increasing concerns about them. Concerns have been expressed about his control of the questioning of those testifing in the closed sessions, and concerns have been expressed about his control of testimony from the closed sessions.
He repeatedly stated the whistleblower would testify but now will not allow it. His reasoning is for protection of the individual but why didn’t he think of this when making all his prior statements.
He has refused to allow individuals, requested by Republican members of the committee, to appear before the committee.
I feel Rep. Schiff’s actions are contrary to his constituents belief in the American idea of “fair play” and equal justice.
I also feel Rep. Schiff’s actions are contrary to the beliefs of the great Democratic ideals of FDR, Harry Truman and JFK and are detrimental to current members of his party.
Mother thanks dealership for kindness to family
I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to the Michael Hohl family of dealerships here in Carson City on behalf of my late daughter, Michele Roach. She was part of a company that cares for their employees since I witnessed this firsthand during her three-plus years of illness.
Their caring has extended to her husband, Rick Roach, and it still amazes me how much they exemplify corporate America at its best. Everyone might not feel the same way I do, but for us, they are one of a kind.
I was in corporate America for over 39 years as a banker, so I speak from experience as a vice president of business development, public relations, community involvement and working my way up the ladder through hard work and education. Degrees alone do not make a career for anyone, but working for the right company at the right time does help. I and my daughter were lucky to do it.
My son-in-law Rick is now trying to put his life together and go on as Michele would want him to do. I, too, as a mother hope to have some light shining at the end of the tunnel soon.
To this family, thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God bless you all.
Lillian (Lily) Hack
Children’s museum successful under new leadership
The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada is thriving under its new director, Chris Brandon. Last Saturday, we took our grandson for the Indigenous Peoples Day. Our grandson delighted in the exhibits and play areas, from the climbing area to the electric train (Thomas Tank Engine). We recommend that parents and grandparents keep on the alert for more events at the Children’s Museum.
Day and Robin Williams