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Letters to the editor, August 3

Lies and deception

There is a disturbing new normal in American politics. Blatant lying is “no big deal” anymore.

I’m not referring to empty promises made on a campaign trail or stretching the truth about other candidates.

It’s now about elected officials and entire branches of government proclaiming known untruths with the intent to deceive (i.e. lie) if it will advance a particular agenda or cause.

The state department now admits it “misled” Congress over details in the Iran nuke deal.

“If you like your doctor you can keep him/her” was known to be a lie by architects of Obamacare.

“Hands up — don’t shoot” is another lie still used by Black Lives Matter to stir up dissent.

“Benghazi was a video-driven event.”

The list is endless and growing.

Appearing before a government oversight committee last year, Hillary Clinton was confronted with numerous lies repeated in the aftermath of Benghazi.

What was the media response?

How well she “handled herself” after six hours in the hot seat!

In other words, it’s now considered a virtue if one can lie but remain cool under pressure when confronted with such lies and deception.

We even have new lexicon for lying. She “misspoke.” It’s a “false narrative.”

How did we get to this point?

In his new book, See No Evil, Joel Pollak (a converted liberal) believes it’s a natural response after seven and one-half years of Barack Obama “removing the taboo on brazen dishonesty.”

I would like to think a free society would have no stomach for all this.

But I would be wrong and I know it.

David Zoltner,



Only one credible candidate

Though not my primary choice of Democratic candidates, Hillary will still get my vote because she’s obviously the sanest and most experienced of the two nominees.

How anyone could defend a conscious effort to support not only someone who has no real grasp of domestic and foreign issues outside of his own self-serving perception but a proven sexist, homophobic racist as well, is beyond comprehension.

In the past, both parties have put up credible candidates. Not so this year. There is only one credible candidate and she’s not the one who builds walls and befriends our foreign adversaries over our friends.

My vote as always will be based on thoughtful consideration of each candidate’s qualifications.

Hillary is the hands-down winner this year for having the vital political skills it takes to run the office of president.

My heart still supports Bernie Sanders and in a non-swing state like Texas I could vote for a third-party candidate who better reflects those values like the Green Party’s Jill Stein without jeopardizing an electoral loss for Clinton in Texas.

But more than who I think the better candidate is for the next commander in chief is the need to beat Donald Trump so soundly that it sends a clear message to those who support his contempt for everything that doesn’t appeal to him and sends him and all those like him swirling back into the dark ages from whence they came.

Larry Beck,


Stolen words

For days, the lead story in all the media was about plagiarism in the speech by the wife of the Republican candidate for president.

She is not American-born. She read her text, and the fault lay with the speechwriter. But the liberal media made this out as the greatest sin in the history of the Republic.

They were not as incensed when the president, his wife and the vice president all earlier were caught with worst instances of plagiarism.

So now it is Mrs. Clinton’s turn in the most important speech in her life.

Besides all the liberal boilerplate, she had one great line: “America is great because America is good.” It is up there with JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you ...”

One problem: It is directly stolen from the 19th century French writer Alexis de Tocqueville. Did the media care? Was the plagiarism the lead story?

Nope. No story.

The coverage of this campaign will be the most biased ever as the media displays their true faces.

Paul Knopick,


Remember Korean War

The list of events as published on “This Day in History: July 27,” did not include any reference to the fact that the Korean War ended on this date in 1953.

Failure by The Associated Press to recognize the date the Korean War ended gives credence to why the Korean War is known as “The Forgotten War.”

A state of war still exists between North and South Korea as there has never been an armistice signed, only an agreement to abide by a ceasefire. Is this is not important?

I consider it an insult by The Associated Press to all who fought and died in that war to be forgotten when they deserve to be remembered.

Watson Crumbie,