Re: ‘America’s Conservatives’ (May 10, 2020)


So Danny Sexton is accusing President Trump of being deranged? Does he not read his own newspaper submissions? Sexton's opinions are always negative, hateful lies, showing his inability to reason, with logic, on anything that involves President Trump. I once read where if you can't argue with truth, be sure to argue with insane comments to make your point. The worst thing about Mr. Trump winning the next election is that Sexton will be filing his opinions for another four years.


Richard E. Behmer, Nampa, Idaho


Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn


After Trump’s election, he selected Flynn as his national security advisor. Near the end of 2016, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. called Flynn and talked to him about sanctions levied on Russia by the Obama administration.


Under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the FBI routinely wiretapped calls made by the Russian ambassador, which they did here. After reviewing the transcript, they saw nothing wrong with the conversation. The matter was dropped.


Along comes FBI agent Peter Strzok, who met with Comey and McCabe in order to reopen the case. Strzok and another agent interviewed Flynn. They didn’t tell him he was being investigated, that they had the transcript and didn’t advise him to have legal counsel present. Strzok’s notes revealed the purpose of the interview: to get Flynn to lie so he could be fired and prosecuted — an ambush.


During the interview, Flynn said he made no agreements with the ambassador regarding the sanctions. Afterward, Strzok altered the official record to make it appear as if Flynn said he hadn’t talked to the ambassador about sanctions at all.


Days later, Flynn was told he was being charged with lying to the FBI. If he pleaded guilty, another investigation involving his son would be dropped. If he didn’t, his son would be prosecuted — blackmail.


Flynn pleaded guilty. He was never prosecuted. With the facts out, the case was dropped. But his reputation and finances are destroyed; he sold his house to pay legal fees.


Some letter writers here have a liberal viewpoint. I have two questions for them: Can you show that there are any material errors in the facts as presented above? If not, do you want to live in a country where the top law enforcement agency uses entrapment and extortion against political opponents?


Forrest Edward (Mad Dog) Metz, Victorville


Shuffling off this mortal coil in line at Costco


Pre-COVID-19, it wasn’t uncommon for us to make daily trips to the grocery store, even multiple trips in one day on occasion. This event has made us much more efficient consumers as we’ve managed to consolidate all our shopping, reducing those trips to one day a week.


Now it seems the media’s trying to generate panic buying again by predicting meat shortages due to the virus’ impact on processing facilities. This time, however, it seems the public, (with Costco members being the only exception), isn’t falling for it.


After my last experience at Costco, my monthly excursions for bacon, booze and bagels will be suspended until the lines are more tolerable. Even during special “senior” hours, the lines are endless. You’d think we seniors would be a little more concerned about how we spend the limited time left for us.


While standing in line with other older folks, I overheard a Costco associate warn a young lady in front of me that she was in the seniors line and that IDs would be checked at the door. She assured him that by the time she got to the front of the line, her eligibility for entry would no longer be an issue.


Mike Sparlin, Victorville


Democratic donor represents Tara Reade


A prominent Democratic donor who has given tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic politicians is going to represent Tara Reade, according to the AP. He spoke in favor on Christine Blasey Ford and represented claimants against Bill O'Reilly, but he also gave $55,000 to the Trump Campaign in 2016.


So what is the headline on the first page? “Prominent lawyer, Trump donor to represent Biden accuser” (Daily Press; May 9, 2020) Once again the AP leads with a misleading headline. The headline should have been “Tara Reade has found an experienced sexual harassment lawyer to represent her.”


When we read an article, we are, in general, biased based on the headline. Some only read the headline. Therefore, you would read this article and believe this lawyer is a Trump supporter. He is not. He is a New York lawyer that has made donations to both side of the aisle, and has represented women in high-profile sexual harassment cases.


That is why there is so much disdain for the news industry these days. They are out to sell headlines. With people holding to their party lines in the country today, the AP does nothing to sow seeds of common ground but continues to sow seeds of division.


Raymond Schindler, Victorville


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