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U.S. President Donald Trump says the chemical attack in Syria is an "affront to humanity" and "crosses many, many lines."

Donald Trump is certainly not the cause of American politics becoming a "bipartisan laughing stock" ("Trump's credibility chasm," April 3). The Republican and Democratic bickering and lack of cooperation has existed for far too long. He is the current president not because of what he what he brought to the office but rather what Hillary Clinton, the Democratic standard bearer, brought to the table. Voters (including myself) did not vote for Mr. Trump, we voted against Ms. Clinton and her horrific baggage.

The recent failure of the attempt to repeal Obamacare, a failed program in so many ways, certainly shows that House Republicans have a lot of work to do to properly implement an overhaul of the imploding plan. But the existing health care program was rammed through behind closed doors with no Republican support. Was that a better action plan? I think not. So what if it takes a while longer to enact a true health care program that is better for everyone? And why can't all members of Congress work together to implement a better solution?

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The current lack of even a relatively small number of Democratic senators willing to support an obviously qualified Supreme Court nominee purely out of retribution for the Republicans' failure to support one at the tail end of Barack Obama's administration is appalling and disgusting. It is not right when either side is wrong. When can we expect our representatives to just do the right thing regardless of whose idea it is?

The country's election of President Trump with all his faults is the direct result of the horrific lack of productive, unselfish, nonpartisan efforts from our representatives in Washington, D.C. Voters may have simply been trying to shake things up.

Paul Belz, Fallston

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