Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Reporter’s cancer experience; Trump fear-mongering; Columnist unfair to Kavanaugh

Herald-Leader reporter Cheryl Truman share her difficult experience with breast cancer 10 years ago.
Herald-Leader reporter Cheryl Truman share her difficult experience with breast cancer 10 years ago.

Greatness through fear?

The Make America Great Again campaign is on its way to the Statue of Liberty to adjust the message at her base:

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Paint out the “Give me” and overwrite it with “Keep your...” How can America remain great if we keep letting the huddled masses seeking freedom, wretched refuse, homeless, and tempest-tost come in? They’ll take our jobs and no telling what threats they’ll bring, too many believe.

An Associated Press report noted that we welcomed 85,000 refugees in 2016. So far in 2018, less than 21,000 refugees have been admitted. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states we are “prioritizing the safety and well-being of the American people.”

This is how the rich and affluent remain great.

David L. Hill


U.S. not an island

It should not come as a surprise that President Donald Trump would like to cut the budgets for foreign aid. However, this approach could be toxic to the United States and could endanger ties with other countries and future business partners.

By cutting the international affairs budget (which currently makes up only one percent of the foreign-aid budget), the president would be cutting 30 percent of life-saving programs such as USAID and other international outreach programs. These programs have provided girls with an opportunity to attend school, helped cure some life-threatening diseases and have addressed malnutrition.

If people at least have the minimum to survive and escape global poverty, they can bolster their economy. In turn, that will affect jobs abroad because 50 percent of the world’s jobs are export-based.

Contact your congressional leaders and encourage them to support the international affairs budget.

Anita Srinivasan


Kavanaugh maligned

I often disagree with the opinions of Herald-Leader contributor John Stempel. However, his opinion piece, “Rising tariffs roil political waters,” makes one point that I must agree with: Citizens should get out and vote. The rest of his column is full of his usual Chicken Little doom and gloom.

He reveals his lack of objectivity when discussing the impact of the recent Brett Kavanaugh hearings. Never mentioning the unseemly conduct of Democratic committee members or the “presumption of innocence” foundational principle of our criminal justice system, he insists without evidence that Republicans “dallied,” resulting in the elevation of a sexual deviant to our highest court.

What really happened was the Democrats were unable to attack Kavanaugh on his admirable and lengthy judicial record, so they pulled out the Clarence Thomas playbook and resorted to character assassination. A fine man and his family were subjected to a vicious attack that will tarnish them for life. If you want to see more circus behavior in Congress, mobs in the streets or more assaults on Republican lawmakers as they try to play baseball, mow their lawns or eat dinner, then by all means get out there and vote Democrat. Just remember there are better options available.

David L. Patton


Better cancer experience

I am so sorry for the experience the Herald-Leader’s Cheryl Truman had with her cancer diagnosis and treatment. It truly sounds like a nightmare. I, too, had breast cancer five years ago. The worst part of my experience was the fear, which was considerable. Anxiety kept me from sleeping well for a long time. Had I read Truman’s recent article at that time I would have been totally freaked out.

Although I did not elect to have a mastectomy, I went through four months of chemo and seven weeks of radiation. During that time I was never in pain, debilitated in any way nor did I gain or lose weight, and I was able to carry on with all my activities. Granted, I didn’t work but feel sure I could have. I never missed an event or obligation due to the treatments.

The doctors and nurses were wonderful at Markey Cancer Center. Insurance never gave us a hard time. I am so thankful for my experience and just want others with cancer to know that it doesn’t necessarily have to be that bad.

Simone Salomon