Letters to the Editor, April 9

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Letters to the Editor, April 9


Democrats' 'dog-and-pony show' on Russia leading U.S. to anarchy

At what point did the American people become mindless drones to follow wherever the Russians lead?

Each citizen had an opportunity to consider their vote for president, the result being that Donald Trump is now it. I am an independent voter and I find this insulting. It appears the Democrats in Washington do not believe the average citizen is capable of making a mindful decision, but that only their opinions are correct. The fighting needs to stop and they need to stop wasting our tax dollars on nonsense. We need a working government in all three branches. They need to do the job we are paying them to do, not this dog-and-pony show to get re-elected. Why would we re-elect anyone not doing their job?

Our system of government, a republic, means we elected them to vote for the laws in the manner in which a majority of the state voters would. Politicians need to let go of the belief that they know best; we did not elect a parent.

We have serious issues and need people there who wish to serve the best interest of citizens of Missouri, to uphold the laws of this nation (not just ones they choose) and to ensure the government functions. Stop leading us down the road to anarchy.

Linda Tolle * Bonne Terre, Mo.

In political climate, only wealthy donors can get 'piece of the pie'

Much has been written about the trends in Washington, D.C., and Jefferson City to reduce the tax burdens of the wealthy and corporations, while cutting benefits to the lower and middle class. I cannot understand why this is surprising. Why would a politician not support those who have contributed to their campaigns and ignore those who probably did not vote for them?

Only when the lower and middle class rise up and create a super PAC to finance the campaigns of the politicians will they have a voice in politics, and maybe get a piece of the pie.

In this political environment justice and compassion have no voice.

Dave Lanahan * O'Fallon, Mo.

Rotation of comic strips would give P-D readers some input

I'm amazed at all of the letters regarding the switching of one comic strip. "For Better or for Worse" was a great strip, but has been in reruns since 2008. "Breaking Cat News" is just dumb.

I suggest the newspaper give us a month each of four new comics (no reruns), and then let us vote. The new "Bloom County" strip is fantastic, but I can only find it online.

We may not agree on politics, but we all could use a good laugh.

Dan Connors * St. Louis County

Parents, students close wallets in response to Mizzou problems

So Mizzou is closing more residence halls this fall, due to a decline in enrollment ("University of Missouri to temporarily close more dorms," April 5). This should not come as a surprise to anyone. Take a look at the names of some of the dorms at Mizzou: Responsibility, Discovery, Respect and Excellence.

"Where do you live?"

"Oh, I live in Respect Hall."

"I live in Excellence."

Those cringe-worthy names are something you would expect to see (and do, in fact, see) as "street signs" in local elementary school hallways. Universities are for young adults, not children.

When professors and administrators coddle, infantilize and promote victimhood in young adults (and act like children themselves), an economic backlash from disgusted parents and prospective students is the predictable result. …

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