Rouzer MIA again

EDITOR: Why hasn’t Wilmington congressman David Rouzer condemned President Trump for his abhorrent comments in Helsinki about Russia’s election meddling? Is he pretending to believe Trump, who he says he forgot to say “not” and ended up saying the opposite of what he meant? Trump prefers to coddle Putin than accept the assessment of American intelligence agencies.

We know Trump is a congenital liar and a weakling on the international stage, but I’m still astonished that I have to call out my congressman to condemn a politician for supporting a foreign adversary. Rouzer has shown neither the strength nor courage to stand up to Trump when he is wrong (when he supported white supremacists in Charlottesville, separated immigrant children from their parents, maligned the FBI, I could go on and on).

Here’s what I expect of Congressman Rouzer:

1. Make a statement condemning Trump for his stance toward Russia. He should just write the statement that he would have written had Obama done what Trump did, and then publish that.

2. Pledge his support for the Mueller investigation. We need to know if our president is beholden to a foreign adversary.

3. Support efforts to censure or punish the president for his statements about Putin, Russia, and America.

I’m guessing he won’t do any of those things because Congressman Rouzer is a coward.

Todd Berliner, Wilmington

Tarnished image

EDITOR: Defenders of President Trump constantly call out liberals and the left; however, many, if not most, of those who oppose Trump are caring Americans. I have and always will vote for the person and not the party.

The country I fought for doesn’t want a commander and chief who is a bully, lacks leadership when it counts, refuses to listen to experts, lies and generally shoots from the hip and misses. Yes unemployment is at a low and the market hit an all-time high in January, but that is too high a price to pay for the tarnished image of our great country.

Hugh Dolan, Bolivia

Toying around

EDITOR: I see the school board has been busy relocating youngsters as a remedy for overcrowded schools. One option is a school that would prepare emerging adults to work in a toy or clothing factory. One advantage of President Trump’s tariffs is that there’s a chance that American factories for items like clothing and toys can compete and survive so that “made in China” tags can be replaced by “Made in USA," but that means we need to prepare the potential workers. ...

What could a vocational school here do to prepare youngsters to be the workers in these places? Can we have them go to schools where there are machines to practice such things … so that if we can persuade some businesses to locate here for a toy or clothing factory the problem regarding a labor force will be solved?”

Russell Shipp, Wilmington

Time to step up

EDITOR: "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country." These words are more relevant today than ever. Citizens … must make their voices heard and take action to defend and preserve American democracy, values, and principles. We must work together to remove Donald Trump from office and to defeat those candidates who support, legitimize, and enable him and his policies that are leading our country down the dark path of authoritarianism and despotism.

Trump stood beside Vladimir Putin, former head of the KGB, and sided with him and the KGB over American governmental agencies on the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Every U.S. intelligence agency as well as a bipartisan Senate committee has said that there is incontrovertible evidence that Russia attacked the most fundamental feature of American democracy -- free elections.

Further, they say that Russian actions to disrupt our electoral process continue today. Yet Trump chose to believe Putin rather than our intelligence agencies. ...

Ken Papaj, Holden Beach