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Monday, February 4, 2019: Roger Stone and the disruptors, vet all immigrants, stay out of Venezuela

Roger Stone and the disruptors

The late Lee Atwater, the convicted Paul Manafort and the indicted Roger Stone were architects of the Republican party as we know it today. Steve Bannon and Alex Jones have nothing on these guys as disruptors. It has long been about dirty tricks and overturning regular order, about wedge issues and outright lies.

The difference between former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and current Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell is one of style rather than substance. President Donald Trump is the apotheosis rather than author of our current woe.

The democratic republic the founders aspired to has been displaced by the imaginary “shining city on the hill” and “swamp” of Republican spin. Call it a slippery slope, call it a continuum of corruption, call it business as usual. Call it a tipping point. The Roger Stones surf the roiling disasters they foment, until they don’t. Nations survive their internal contradictions until they succumb to their own rhetoric.

We need to roll up our sleeves and get real about the challenges ahead. Maine has led in ranked-choice voting and clean campaign funding, but there is much work ahead and we need all hands on board. Register. Vote. We can do better.

Annlinn Kruger

Bar Harbor

Vet all immigrants

I read the Hon. Paula Sutton’s letter, which was placed as an advertisement in the Saturday edition of the Bangor Daily News.

As a veteran, I believe that it is a sad day in America when elderly citizens want to retire in peace, but due to circumstances caused by illegal aliens, are forced to live in fear in their own homes and are compelled to hire their own guards for their protection, which our government should be providing. It is past time for our government to secure our border.

I agree with President Donald Trump and Sutton — build the wall; vet all immigrants. Don’t dishonor all of the blood and sacrifice that has been shed to keep this country safe.

Don’t let the Democrats destroy our country.

Robert S. Wilkinson

Bridgton

Stay out of Venezuela

It is a war crime for the U.S. to stage a coup in Venezuela. We have been sending in operatives for decades to foment unrest while imposing crippling sanctions. John Bolton seems to have discussed sending 5,000 troops to Colombia and has suggested that U.S. oil companies take over some Venezuelan oil production. This is imperialism, plain and simple. Venezuela is no threat to the U.S. or its neighbors. They have their troubles, yes, but so do we.

The U.S. should end its sanctions against Venezuela whose express purpose is to create suffering — think of Guatemala, Iraq, Chile, Iran, Afghanistan or Vietnam — making a bloody mess of poor people.

Sadly, war typically unifies Americans. After the Trump shutdown and strings of scandals, the world’s largest arms dealer wants to stir up a war. Good for the economy, right? Meanwhile, we have the world’s highest per-capita prison population, we arrest as many people of color as possible, pay them $4 a day to work in prison, then, prevent them from voting. We scrub voter roles of people of color. Who are we to judge Venezuela’s electoral process? Let’s quarantine the U.S. military.

James Merkel

Belfast



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