Holding Trump accountable
Our president has postulated that the press is our "enemy" ("Fox anchor says Trump went too far on media," Monday). The press is not "our" enemy, the press is his enemy. The press is doing its job - digging behind the scenes and searching for the unvarnished truth. It is taking a man who has been notoriously cavalier with the truth and trying to hold his feet to the fire. Of course, he views the press as the enemy; from his point of view, it is, but not from mine.
He has also tried to direct the conversation away from his firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn, asserting that the real problems are the many leaks. Through those leaks, we've gotten a peak behind the curtain. We now have documentation that contradicts the official story. There would be no leaks in a "fine-tuned machine," so I'm glad his administration isn't.
|Bill Franklin, Harleysville
Need unity, not discord
Author David Horowitz's advocacy of "punch-in-the-mouth" rhetoric by Republicans and conservatives to Democrats and progressives presumes there is no hope for any kind of civilized discourse or opportunity for unity in our country ("Trump unafraid to punch back," Sunday). How depressing and ultimately disastrous is that? I have been waiting vainly since President Trump was inaugurated for him to address the millions who did not vote for him and to acknowledge our deep concerns and worries. I don't know that it would have changed anyone's mind, but it certainly might have supported his claim that he wants to be "the president of all the people."
The slash-and-burn approach will only deepen the divide among families, neighbors, and coworkers and foster more of the vitriol emanating from so many quarters these days. Trump won; the onus is on him to model mature and thoughtful presidential behavior.
|Suzanne Patrick, Phoenixville
Examine ties with Russia
I appreciate Sen. Pat Toomey's comments that leaks need to be investigated ("Toomey on Flynn: What about leaks?" Wednesday). They should be investigated. However, the primary concern and focus by Congress should be the potentially duplicitous connections between this administration and Russia, as they relate to interfering in our election process and any financial sway Russia may have over this administration. This is the first president in generations who has not released his tax returns. Is there a connection between this president's investments and Russia? The only way to be sure is to have an independent investigation. I hope Toomey agrees.
|J. Long, Moylan
Review Gorsuch's positions
No one disputes the quality of Judge Neil Gorsuch's academic and experiential qualifications, but a critical examination of his suitability for a seat on the Supreme Court is still necessary. Former Sen. Rick Santorum touts Gorsuch's willingness to allow "religious freedom" to trump federal law in the employment context ("Gorsuch worthy of Dems' backing," Wednesday), but that should raise, not lower, the bar to confirmation.
The Senate should also review Gorsuch's views regarding people with disabilities and explore his understanding of the civil rights provisions in place to protect them. The Supreme Court will soon decide (unless deadlocked) what level of educational benefits for children with disabilities states are required to provide to ensure a free and appropriate public education - a meaningful benefit (as required in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware), or, as Gorsuch has espoused, only something "more than de minimus." He has decided other cases that call into question his understanding of the federal statute and his commitment to its underlying policies.
Senators should ask whether Gorsuch's nondisabled children received a meaningful or only trivial level of education and whether something just north of de minimus provides children with disabilities an equal opportunity.
|Lorrie McKinley, West Chester,, and Stephen F. Gold, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Arab-Jewish dialogue needed
I am an American Israeli Jewish musician. The choice of relentless dialogues is far superior to battlefields, and after almost 70 years of conflict, it is time for a courageous Arab-Jewish dialogue to take place in the United States and the Middle East ("Center of a free-speech storm," Sunday).
All sides should stop demonizing each other or point blaming fingers for past failures and instead craft solutions acceptable to all sides.
I would much rather cringe listening to Palestinian-raised Swarthmore College professor Sa'ed Atshan while trying to understand his point of view, if there is even a tiny chance that these conversations may help improve relations and save lives.
|Udi Bar-David, founder and artistic director, Artolerance, Wynnewood