Thankful that this country doesn't reflect Trump

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Dear Friends, 

This letter seems more appropriate for Thanksgiving, but at the holiday, my gratefulness focused on my family and personal blessings. Now, I wish to express my gratitude for this community.

I know our village is a microcosm of thousands of similar communities throughout our nation and we all demonstrate that the uncaring crudeness of the president does not represent us. Let us alert the world that we Americans are appreciative of our diversity and that we are people who care for one another. 

Most of us were hopeful that, despite President Trump's reputation for vulgarity, lying, bullying, and womanizing, he would recognize the importance of his presidential role. We thought he might take advantage of the strides President Obama had accomplished leading us out of the 2009 recession to a thriving, growing nation in 2016.

President Trump could have taken advantage of the regulations that President Obama instituted for our health, safety, and our environment, and possibly even improved them. Instead, in his uncaring, brutal manner, he rescinded all of the regulations and even refused to continue agreements arranged to maintain our alliances with the nations of the world.

We (the 70 percent of the United States population) question why President Trump seems determined to bully both our allies and our enemies, threatening this nation's peace and lessening our world status? Why is he so uncaring and brutal in his decision to dismiss our health care program? Why does he have such prejudice against the "Dreamers" and non-whites to accept being named a racist? Is this the legacy he desires for his presidency?

These painful questions have deeply troubled me but this community of caring people has been a positive counter to the negativity of Trump's behavior. Just as a personal example, I often have difficulty opening a heavy public door or moving a stiffened right leg out of the car. When this occurs, it seems there is always someone nearby who will offer a helping hand. That hand may be black or brown or white and is usually accompanied by a pleasant greeting. This simple, everyday kindness describes this community and, most likely, the similar villages throughout our country.

This is who we are! I sincerely thank our community for personally making my life sweet during these bitter, frightening political times. 

Harriet Hausman

River Forest

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Ray Simpson  

Posted: February 3rd, 2018 8:06 AM

In the final debate Hillary declared that anyone who didn't accept the election results was "Un-American" You claim that President Trump is a "Racist" , a serious charge and make the charge without any proof. You are just as entitled to Hate President Trump as I was entitled to detest President Obama's initiatives. The difference is I never made it personal. Yhis last week we have started to see just how evil and underhanded the Obama administration was. You object to the relaxation of regulations, socialized medicine and taxation by President Trump without regard to the tidal wave of economic growth we have seen this last year. Progressive policy is and always will be a failure because of the greed and dishonesty of the politicians you so admire. Charging someone with the claim of "Racist" needs some substantial proof, using Ken Trainor as a source detracts from your argument and just puts you in the category of a senile malcontent!.

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