AMERICA’S BAD GAMBLE
As a Vietnam War veteran, I couldn’t vote for Donald Trump, a man who got five deferments for bone spurs.
President Trump’s whole life has been an exhibit in egotism.
He lives by no principles other than his own self-aggrandizement.
America took a gamble on a man of low moral character.
And it lost.
The only hope that our country has is the work of our free press, which Trump tries to undermine on a daily basis.
Scott Brackett, Fleming Island
CITY COUNCIL OVERSIGHT
PRAISE FOR BROSCHE
Oversight and scrutiny is something that the City Council is obligated to do on an ongoing basis.
So City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche deserves to be commended for recently calling for a closer look at The District deal.
She was doing exactly what has served this city exceedingly well over the years.
My sense is that this exercise in oversight is in no way inconsistent with the city’s desire to pursue economic development projects like The District.
In fact, when all the facts are presented to the City Council, the project may just move along faster.
And the end result may be both acceptable to the developers and accountable to the taxpayers of this great city.
And while Council President Brosche is scrutinizing deals Downtown, she should appoint a select committee to scrutinize the proposed JEA sale (which would have incredible implications for generations to come).
Eric Smith, Jacksonville
Smith is a former City Council member who served as its president on two separate occasions.
“THE SHAPE OF WATER”
THE MESSAGE RESONATES
I usually never comment on movie reviews because I believe that people are entitled to their entertainment opinions.
However, I must take exception to a recent comment on the movie “The Shape of Water.”
The movie is not about interspecies sex; it is an allegorical fantasy highlighting our need for humanity.
The movie takes place in a period of our country’s history when people had lost their livelihoods because they thought differently from those who accused them of having interests contrary to our country’s security.
It was a dark period in our past, one where respecting differences among citizens was not tolerated.
I commend this film for highlighting the good in the people who stood for human decency in the midst of fear, hatred and intolerance.
This is a film for today that offers hope for the future.
Randy Kammer, Jacksonville
OBSESSED WITH TRUMP
Donald Trump wasn’t supposed to win the presidency so the left began looking for blame.
They began with Russia, but since that has only revealed more nefarious actions from the Democrats, they’ve had to shift their tactics.
So the president has been charged as being a racist, dangerous, hate-filled, unstable and a narcissist.
And when the media run out of things with which to attack the president, they attack his family, his press secretary, his voters …. somebody, anybody.
Meanwhile, positive results from Trump receive no news coverage.
The most blatant example is the economy — which is booming!
Individual tax rates are lower and, beginning next month, paychecks will go up.
Companies are increasing wages, giving bonuses and increasing benefits.
But what the Democrats will tell you — and what the media will report — is that greedy corporations and only the rich will benefit from the tax bill passed by all those evil Republicans.
The reason? Power and control.
Both are slipping away from the left, the anarchists, the corrupt media and the swamp.
Things are obviously going very well for the American people, because the more successful Trump is with his agenda, the more vicious and relentless are the attacks, charges and slander from the left.
Our president’s attitude all along has been to not take the attacks lying down.
In spite of it all, Trump continues to govern and make the changes he promised — which are improving the lives and security of Americans.
Sandy McCorvey, Jacksonville
McCorvey is a member of the Duval County Republican Party executive committee.