Dear Editor

To the Editor

We are now eight weeks into Mr. Trump’s term in office.  On five weekends during that period, he has seen fit to travel to Florida, apparently for the primary purpose of mixing with his fellow millionaires at his private club.  The total cost of these jaunts has been estimated to be at least $18 million.  Does he think that the “single mom with two kids in Detroit” touted by his OMB Director, Mulvaney, would, if given the choice, prefer to have her hard-earned tax dollars support his frequent unnecessary travel at the expense of her children being able to watch Sesame Street on TV or having her grandmother receive daily nutrition though Meals on Wheels? If he truly wants to save taxpayer dollars, maybe he should begin that effort at home (i. e., the White House) by staying there more often.
Sincerely,
An Old Man with a Pen

Dear Rubio

TO:  Marco Rubio

Since you are sponsoring legislation to strip the District of Columbia of its powers to pass and enforce reasonable regulations relating to firearms in the apparent belief that gun-toting persons roaming through the  District’s streets, buildings and businesses will result in everyone being safer, then I can only assume that the next piece of legislation you will be putting forward will  propose removing any restrictions on the carrying of loaded weapons within all of the buildings, as well as the grounds, of Capital Hill.  Surely, you want to extend the promise of greater safety and the full freedom to carry a weapon to your fellow Senators and Congressmen, their staffs and visitors to the Capital.  Otherwise your action with regard to the District might be seen as the ultimate of hypocrisy.  Surely, you wouldn’t want that.

Speaking of hypocrisy, it is amazing to watch how quickly you and your fellow Republicans can depart from proclamations against the big, bad Federal government seeking to impose its will on state or local governments and the supreme importance of allowing the people to make independent decisions at the local level to a stance that totally undermines those precepts when it comes to the District of Columbia.  Does the will of the people of the District of Columbia and their freedom to determine their own destiny mean nothing? As I said, hypocrisy reigns.

Sincerely,

An Old Man with a Pen

Resist

To:  Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi

The hypocrisy is astounding.  On your website, you proclaim:  “I strongly believe that Americans know how to spend their money better than politicians in Washington.”  However, you are now seeking, as a prominent “politician in Washington” to dictate to the people of the District of Columbia how they can spend their own tax dollars on providing health care to their residents.  Are these citizens not “Americans” deserving of your strong beliefs.  I am sure you do not believe that these citizens are deserving of representation in congress, even though they contribute far more in taxes to the Federal coffers than your state.  In an analysis of  “Givers and Takers” states relative to their contributions to the Federal budget through taxes versus the monies they directly receive as Federal benefits, Mississippi ranks seventh from the top of the Takers list, receiving three dollars for every dollar it’s citizens contribute as taxes.  On the other hand, the citizens of the District essentially break even with respect to taxes paid versus benefits received.  And District residents contribute more than $33,000 per resident in Federal taxes, compared to less than $4,000 per resident contributed to the Federal budget by the citizens of Mississippi.  For someone who claims to believe “strongly” that people should be able to make decisions regarding spending within their local communities free from interference from the federal government, you have a strange way of showing it.  The people of the District of Columbia have made decisions as to how they best want to spend their own tax dollars (being independent from Federal tax dollars), and unless you are truly a hypocrite, you should honor that decision and keep your hands off the District.

Sincerely,

An Old Man with a Pen

Dear President Trump

To President Trump:

DANGER!   DANGER!   DANGER!  DANGER!

Where does the greater danger to the lives of Americans exist?

How many Americans have been killed or harmed on American soil by refugees and others coming from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen?
Answer:  Zero

How many Americans have been killed by terrorists from any country who entered the United States as refugees?
Answer:  Zero

In the fifteen years from 2002 through 2016, how many Americans have been killed by Muslim- American extremists residing in the United States (all of whom had no family or background connections to the seven countries listed above)?
Answer:  123

In just one year, 2016, how many Americans were killed (murdered) by other Americans with a gun?
Answer:  Roughly 11,000 or more!

Perhaps, if you seriously care about the safety of the American  people, you should issue a ban on Americans with guns.

Sincerely,

An Old Man with a Pen