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Witcover goes too far condemning Trump

It isn't that Donald Trump has no clothes, it's that writers like Jules Witcover can't acknowledge his success.

It is likely because The Baltimore Sun’s Jules Witcover himself is “bereft of many tangible assets of political survival including deep knowledge, openness to others’ views and wisdom, and above all a compassionate heart,” that he fails to recognize that President Donald Trump is trying to move an agenda that he promised the voters who elected him (“Donald Trump: Our naked emperor,” Jan. 29). When Mr. Trump clearly described the “swamp,” didn’t Mr. Witcover recognize that he was in the middle of it?

Does Mr. Witcover take credit for the crime which surrounds us? How has he helped the citizens of the state and city to change and challenge the ruling party here? As a Republican, a citizen of this city for over 70 years, I don’t need a lecture from him about my president who is at least trying to change things for the better. With the author’s astute vision, can he tell me why in a city so rich in universities and educational giants, that we haven’t been left with a better and safer city? Oh, yes, our medical care may be number one in the country, but where are the leaders and brains from our university when our city cries out for safer places to live? Or is our motto: “Don’t worry about getting shot, we have the top hospitals to take care of you?”

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If Mr. Witcover wants something to write about, how about exploring how seriously uninformed, ill prepared and unskilled the leaders of our local government are? Where are the wisdom and compassionate hearts of our universities and colleges in their willingness to solve the crime in our city? Let’s be more proactive. With the wealth of our resources and brains, we can put the man on the moon but we can’t figure out how to live in a safe place. If Mr. Witcover wants to move us in the right direction, he should think how we can turn around our own city.

It’s easy to take shots at the guy on top of the pole. What about turning eyes inward and coming up with real soul-searching solutions. Oh, sure, Mr. Witcover’s last piece was loved by the Trump haters, but what does that accomplish? Give President Trump some credit, enjoy the tax-cuts and the economy. His job was righting the inferiority image of the United States that President Barack Obama created. And why, Mr. Witcover, are you willing to be a yes-man for the Democrats? You’ve got a brain. Sit back and make a name for yourself based on your own works, not by criticizing others.

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Bill Biehl, Baltimore

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