Letters to the Editor

Letters on presidential race

Releasing tax returns a matter of trust

India’s saintly Mahatma Gandhi once said, “It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune.”

Republican Donald Trump likes to boast about how wealthy and how great a dealmaker he is. In amassing his large fortune, was he always totally honest in his business dealings? If it is possible to find out, we prospective voters deserve to know ahead of the presidential election if Trump is an honest man, one we can trust.

If Trump has nothing to hide, he should be more than willing to release his tax returns. The political party he represents and the media should continue to insist that he do so before the election. It is risky to vote for candidates who won’t release their tax returns; it should be required of the parties’ nominees.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.


Can’t vote for Trump

I love my country and everything it stands for. Our Constitution is the world’s greatest document, second only to the Bible. And that’s why I won’t be voting for Donald Trump.

When our Founding Fathers met in that sweltering Philadelphia summer of 1787 to draft the Constitution, they envisioned a government of three separate but equal branches. Their debates were civil, their ambitions great and their compromises many.

Now, 229 years later, all their hard work is coming apart because of one man and his cowardly party. Donald Trump tramples on centuries of tradition, honor, decency and constitutional law when he questions the authority of a federal judge because of his heritage; threatens the fundamental doctrine of judicial independence; calls for stronger libel and slander laws; mocks the disabled; incites his supporters to turn to violence; and accepts the endorsements of white supremacists. Trump actively disembowels the very principles that so-called conservatives stand for.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., recently said it best, “At some point, love of country trumps hate of Hillary.” I’m not asking you to vote for Hillary Clinton. But if you love our country, our system of government, our traditions and institutions, how can you vote for Trump?

Vince Taormina


It could happen

I think Donald “The Presumptive” Trump wants Hillary Clinton to go to jail (guilty or not) so he might have (and I think that’s a big “if”) someone to talk to when he is in jail for fraud in the Trump University case (and I think that’s a small “if”).

John C. Wolff Jr.


Finally, a new choice

At long, long, long, long last, the choice for president of the United States is not just this man or that man.

Marge Krause