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
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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