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Trump presidency sows division and hate

The Trump administration’s campaign for “American energy dominance,” which focuses on elevating the nation’s fossil fuel production, received a potential big boost from Republican senators. (Dec 4, 2017)

I believe that Donald Trump is an emblematic image of America. He is a divisive figure, of questionable moral integrity, elected by a divided people. We can finance and develop all the weapons we want. We can feed the "beast" of corporate America and believe this will save us. None of this will save us from ourselves (“Trump’s an empty vessel with nothing to say,” Dec. 7).

I saw a headline this morning on the internet stating that Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, believes America was great during the era of slavery. He is wrong in the use of the word, “great.” How could a nation that supported human bondage be great? That so-called greatness led to our Civil War — a war of American carnage as described in the biography I am reading, “Grant” by Ron Chernow. That war was fought to keep us united.

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I think that Americans are divided today as they have ever been, including the division that led to the Civil War. And I see no end to this division. It’s a very sad, but I believe true state of affairs for us. The situation will not change if we continue to blame others, including other Americans, for our problems. We made Donald Trump our president. That should be a wake-up call.

Joseph Costa, Baltimore

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