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Letter to the editor: Be a real winner

To the editor:

Dear President Trump:

I am a fairly liberal Democrat, but I am writing you with concern for your reputation. You consider yourself a real “winner.” But news reports show that you have associated yourself with proven, consistent “losers.” You surely don’t want to have your reputation linked to absolute losers? We needn’t classify you by what you say, but your actions clearly show you to be a white supremacist: You want a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and you are attempting to generally bar immigration from populations that are other than white.

Mr. President, white supremacists have always lost since 1865. They lost catastrophically then and lost every big battle through following centuries. They lost in 1948 when the “Dixiecrats” abandoned the Democratic Party, and then they lost when President Truman integrated the U.S. military. They lost in 1957 when Little Rock schools were integrated, and they lost the next year when Brown v. Board of Education came before the Supreme Court. They lost in Alabama in 1963. Then they lost in 1965 with passage of the Civil Rights Act backed by a southern president. In 1968, recognition of equality for African Americans became part of the tumult of that time. In this 21st century apparently a majority of the population of the U.S. believes in equality of all people. (If more than a very small minority of the population favors white supremacy, they lack the courage to say so.) I don’t see any wins at all. Surely, sir, you don’t want to be associated with them. So I respectfully ask that you “get on the winning side” and we can all look forward to a winning future.

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Bob Smith

A letter full of "sound" and "fury".

3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Bob Smith

LJW used to make a pretense of encouraging / maintaining a civil atmosphere on this forum. Now any disordered mind with TDS has a soapbox.

3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Ken Lassman

And what is not civil about appealing to the "winner-loser" mentality of our president? You seem very intent in trying to mislabel comments of late, in this case saying that the letter writer not being "civil." Disagree if you feel differently, but don't accuse someone of being uncivil just because you don't agree with them.

3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Daniel Kennamore

In the alt-right bubble the Bob's live in, disagreeing with with them IS uncivil.

All facts they don't like are fake, press that reports those facts are fake and Trump is the greatest leader since Hitler.

It's no wonder they feel so attacked when their world-view is so divorced from reality.

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Bob Smith

You're just making stuff up again, Danny. Here, have a Godwin flag.

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Bob Smith

Can you keep a straight face and claim Fred's posts are not uncivil?

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Ken Lassman

You just flipped the topic again: since when was Fred's posts the topic of discussion? And I wouldn't be too quick to start pointing fingers at others for posting uncivil comments....

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Bob Summers

Liberals and their "code words" is all they have. "white supremacists"?

There are enough people in America LTE.

Is LTE looking for the country to be as crowded as Los Angeles?

How is that sustainable?

What about the environment?

3 weeks, 1 day ago

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P Allen Macfarlane

"Now any disordered mind with TDS has a soapbox."

I agree, Bob, when are you going to quit being so negative?

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Josh Berg

I do not think a white supremacist would cut the African American unemployment in half.

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Daniel Kennamore

Trump hasn't done a single thing that would allow him to claim credit for that.

That is a result of Obama's policies.

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Bob Smith

Danny, that's the funniest thing I've seen on this site in weeks.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Seriously? Black and White unemployment has been dripping steadily since 2010. It did not just suddenly, magically drop in one year. The real feat would be for those two lines to be a lot closer.

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/...

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Richard Aronoff

I wonder if the letter writer can tell us how many cavities Nancy Pelosi has. Since his head is so far up her digestive tract he must be able to see her teeth.

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Ken Lassman

I wonder if Richard had any point to make here at all that is even remotely relevant or cogent? Just an observation.

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Calvin Anders

I going to have to disagree with you Gus. Trump's willingness to engage in racist finger pointing and bigotry was key to his winning the Presidency. His proto-fascist nationalism was an essential component of his message. He worked hard from an historically tried and true playbook to divide the country by scapegoating immigrants and minorities. It may not be pretty. In fact it's downright ugly. But Trump was able to be on the "winning side" of the election by appealing to the most stupid, hateful and selfish racist instincts of his base. So, though it may make Trump and awful person, being racist has also made Trump a winner already. His getting in bed with white supremacists has served him very well.

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Ken Lassman

I sense that Gus was thinking more along the lines of Martin Luther King, suggesting the wisdom of the long view over short term losses and gains: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

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Bob Smith

His key to winning the Presidency was that he was running against the worst major party candidate in 100 years.

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Ken Lassman

Yeah, right. Worse than "nuke 'em" Barry Goldwater? Worse than Gerald Ford? Worse than George McGovern or Michael Dukakis? I don't see any of these candidates as having the in-depth understanding of the issues or the connections to problem solve at a very high level as Hillary had. You are entitled to your opinion, but I don't think many would agree with you.

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Marc Wilborn

Like Trump or hate Trump, the facts are getting kind of hard to find on either side of the aisle.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Here's a fact for you. After announcing that they were giving bonuses and raises, because of the tax cuts, AT&T are laying off a bunch workers. Microsoft and Kimberly Clark are also laying off workers. Harley Davidson is closing the KC plant. Of course, all the stock holders will get more money now. Will you donate some money to those without a job, or make fun of them for being unemployed?

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Sam Crow

You are cherry picking as usual Dot. Harley sales were down 11% last year. The KC plant has gone from 1300 employees five years ago to the current 400. The loss in KCMO is a gain for York PA, where the operations are moving.

Tell us about the largest company in the USA, Apple.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Sales are down, because the only ones who can afford to buy the motorcycles are the rich. The middle class would buy them, but their income is shrinking. I guess all you Wall Street investors better start buying things to make up for the rest of us poor, lowly workers.

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Sam Crow

Do you even realize how foolish you look when you simply make things up, which is your normal M.O.

Do you think Slow Ride on a Friday night is full of rich people?

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Ken Lassman

Yes, Sam: let's look more closely at Apple
https://www.ft.com/content/48588854-0...

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Marc Wilborn

Make fun? Weird.

I guess in your utopia someone is not allowed to run their business and make actual decisions?

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Wow, you just don't get it, do you? You can pare your workforce down, not give raises to make your profit line look good all you want, but it's only temporary. Eventually it's going to collapse. The people who get laid off are customers. They will spend their money with you. But if you make sure they aren't making money or making very little, who are you going to sell to? I know you think an economy runs from the top down, but that's just not the case.

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