Peter W. Johnson, Superior
The May 30 letter, "Liberals infiltrating schools, government," accused liberals of using "hate and relentless negative rhetoric" and suggested liberals have "tantrums" like 2-year-olds, aren't behaving "responsibly," and should be dubbed "intolerables" (I assume because they have different views).
In the Dec. 1 Washington Post, Sen. Paul Ryan openly supported cutting "entitlement" programs as a means to control the deficit after Republican policies added $1.5 billion to it over 10 years. A big part of those policies benefits the upper 1 percent of Americans while small income-tax reductions for the middle class are set to expire in a few years. This after Republicans screamed for years about reducing the budget by not increasing taxes and advocating cutting social safety net programs?
It's always refreshing to read a commentary from an aquatic ecologist like David Gerhart. In his April 5 commentary (Local View: "Climate is always changing — but not this fast") he mentioned and set right several false claims made by climate deniers. First, of course, climate has always changed. That's not something any climate scientist has ever disputed. It's the rapidity of our current change that is placing us in danger.
I would like to address this concerning a charismatic figure we all know without being quickly muzzled for daring to describe him as someone he is: the worst liar nonpartisan fact-checkers have ever researched. He is President Donald Trump.
Every major fact-checking organization — Politifact, FactCheck.org, Snopes, the Washington Post, etc. — has reported about President Donald Trump's record-breaking pattern of mistruths: Not their opinions about his lies or maybe lies, but the reporting is of an actual record of real, objectively verified lies written, tweeted, or spoken, taken from real witnesses and/or from real electronic recordings ("Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims in his first year," Jan. 21).
President Thomas Jefferson said, "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and state."
During the administration of President Barack Obama, the national debt grew by several trillion dollars, thanks to President George W. Bush's $1.6 trillion in tax cuts and huge federal spending. President Bush's actions sparked a financial collapse in 2007 that resulted from an unregulated financial system gamed by company executives who placed investors' money into risky, Ponzi-like schemes and then bet they would collapse.
The "rights" of organizations (notably religious ones) to not cover contraceptives impressed many as a legal slam dunk ("Obama-era birth control mandate rolled back," Oct. 7). But was it?
A July 19 letter asked readers to basically disregard the proof that ExxonMobil knew about the deleterious effects of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide (Reader's View: "Where's evidence of climate-denial conspiracy?"). The letter postulated that climate scientists and organizations like Greenpeace created a myth to protect their "inflow of donations." For what? To create a false narrative that makes none of them rich?
After decades of discussing and rebutting one faux or previously explained issue after another, those of us who try to spread important facts about the seriousness of global warming still find that what we say is constantly lied about, used to misinform, or inadequately explained, including in letters to the editor in newspapers like the News Tribune, which doesn't allow more than 300 words for letters.