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Letters to the editor, Aug. 3

Tell the world

The FAA requires that all airline pilots periodically undergo psychiatric and psychological evaluations. The FAA’s reasoning is that mental disorders, as well as the medications used for treatment, may produce symptoms or behavior that would make an airman unsafe to perform pilot duties.

These requirements have been approved by Congress and have been enforced for several years.

On the other hand, there are no requirements that the president or any member of Congress ever undergo a psychiatric or psychological evaluation.

There is an obviously growing need to require teams of highly qualified individuals to reassure the world that the president, the vice president and all members of Congress do not have a mental disorder rendering them unable to make rational decisions.

If this recommendation is unreasonable, the president and all rational members of Congress should unite and tell the world why their mental health is not as important as it is for commercial airline pilots.

G. R. Vince Johnson, veteran of World War II and Korea, Aumsville, Oregon