Trump’s a con man
During the Democratic National Convention, Michael Bloomberg said, "I'm from New York, and I know a con when I see one." The people who believed Donald Trump's campaign promises and voted for him should be realizing it was a con.
With no track record of doing anything for the public, he said he would always support the LGBT community, but that's not true; Mexico would pay for a wall, but now Congress wants to use taxpayers' money for it. Trump was great at hiring the right people, but in six months he has replaced five key employees or appointees and wants the sixth to quit. Replacing health care with a great plan would be easy and for everyone — not true. He alone could solve the problems in the Middle East and unite the country — not true.
Trump told the die-hards whatever they wanted to hear, and maybe now, at least, some have wised up to his con. His supporters' refrain is," Give him a chance," which they didn't say with President Barack Obama, but the facts are the facts and not fake. Once a con man, always a con man.
— Ken Forman, King of Prussia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Feats: Jobs, TPP, Syrian strike
In reply to the letter, "Name president's accomplishments" (Tuesday):
Job creation. Partnering with the private sector to create jobs (Exxon Mobil, Charter Communications, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Foxconn).
Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership; Keystone XL pipeline approval.
Strike on Syrian airfield.
Changes to protect U.S. citizens, working to build wall and to end sanctuary cities. Illegal immigration down as much as 67 percent since his inauguration.
Rebuilding U.S.-Israel relations.
Compared to the last administration, I'd say he's well on his way to making America great again.
— Phyllis Bove, Blue Bell
GOP, come clean on health care
"Skinny Repeal" of Obamacare is the catch phrase of the day ("Lifeline from Ryan," Friday). The Republicans — in their unsuccessful attempt to attract the one or two additional votes they needed in the Senate — cut the number of soon-to-be-uninsured from 24 million to 16 million. Skinny Repeal, or something like it, will be back, but the GOP has never been up front with the American people throughout their secretive and dishonest campaign to destroy the Affordable Care Act.
Are you one of the 16 million who will lose insurance, or one of the 8 million who will not? Given the duplicity of the GOP, you won't find out until it's too late.
— Stephen Sander, Westtown Township
Thank you, Sen. McCain
All Americans should pause today and thank Sen. John McCain for his sensible, responsible vote to block Trumpcare (a glaring oxymoron).
Along with two courageous GOP women senators, McCain has demonstrated how an elected official should behave.
We must remain vigilant to prevent the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller and the devious tax plan that Republicans will introduce to devastate the middle class and increase benefits to the top 1 percent.
As for new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, when have you heard such vile language from an administration official?
Trump and his coconspirators are unhinged and grossly unfit to lead our great nation.
— Stephen Gring, Ocean City, N.J.
Kayakers should wear life jackets
As a kayaker, I love seeing my sport represented in the popular media. In Wednesday's Inquirer, a photograph by Clem Murray pictured two kayakers on the Cooper River in South Jersey.
My problem with the photo is that neither paddler was wearing a personal flotation device. This simple piece of gear, along with a $4 whistle, could very well save a kayaker's life.
In paddling circles, there is a saying — it's not if you go in (the water), but when.
— Glenn Petrucci, Jenkintown