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Letters: How Trump’s presidency will be remembered; Personal and national security, and who provides it | READER COMMENTARY

How Trump’s presidency will be remembered

What will Donald J Trump be remembered for as the 45th President?

· Huge tax breaks for the wealthiest among us through Republican tax reform.

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· Being the only president to lose the popular vote twice.

· Seeking foreign assistance in both elections.

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· Separating families at the southern border and throwing children in cages.

· Building a few hundred miles of new border wall that Mexico didn’t pay for.

· Filling the swamp with scum, not draining it.

· The “beautiful” Trump health care plan that never was.

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· Calling our troops and veterans “losers and suckers” and remaining silent when the Russians placed a bounty on American soldiers in Afghanistan,

· Inciting an insurrection, i.e., treason, against the United States based on “the big lie” that he won the election. A lie that gun-toting Congressman Andy Harris supported, even after an insurrection, thereby violating his oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. A betrayal he should be held accountable for. Based on their silence, Congressional Trumpublicans seem OK with treason and sedition.

· Being the only president impeached twice.

· Abdicating his responsibilities as president on competently managing the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in over 440,000 Americans dead and over 26 million Americans infected with the resulting economic collapse.

His other memorable moments include:

· Setting records for watching cable news, tweeting, lying, playing golf and spending millions of taxpayer dollars for weekend getaways in Florida and other Trump properties.

· Strengthening Russia and his benefactor, Vladimir Putin, at the the expense of our national security.

· Allowing Iran and North Korea to progress in developing their nuclear weapons programs.

What I look forward to in the new administration are facts, truth and accountability guiding policy and action over lies (over 30,000 under Trump including the “Stop the Steal” big lie) and conspiracy theories. Good riddance to the Trump incompetence, corruption and carnage.

David J Iacono

Westminster

Personal and national security, and who provides it

During this pandemic, I’ve been thinking about security — personal security and national security.

I believe that the priority is changing from a focus on national defense to protecting the personal health of Americans as we combat COVID-19. That priority spills over to equitable vaccine distribution, to available health care for all and to security issues like education, employment, housing, and hunger. This is where Americans now seek security.

That’s quite different from a past time when we thought security came from our stockpile of nuclear weapons. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), the last bilateral nuclear arms-control agreement between Russia and the United States, is set to expire. It is vital to renew this treaty but front page news will likely focus on our new security threat — a deadly virus and the economic ravages that it has brought.

I believe this change in focus is a good thing. Instead of investing trillions of dollars to modernize and upgrade our nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, why not give priority to health care for all, education for our youth, adequate food for all, good-paying jobs, and affordable housing? Let’s step up to support our educators and local caring agencies like Human Services Programs, Carroll County Food Sunday, and Access Carroll as well as organizations that promote global peace and security. Consider what personal and national security means for you and your neighbors in 2021.

Finally, let’s remember not what but who provides our security.

As a person of faith, I turn to portions of Psalm 46. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. ... The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Rev. Dr. David A. Highfield

Westminster

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