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Reader's View: Shutdown was about Trump's ego

The last house we lived in, in Connecticut, was built in 1770. Behind it was the old woolen mill where Gen. George Washington's inaugural suit was milled. Connecticut's nickname is "The Nutmeg State." The colonists sat up at night to carve wood chips into the shapes of nutmegs. The English ships were filled with wood chips. When they arrived in England they realized they were snookered. How foolish they must have felt.

I graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1975 with a 4.0 GPA, certified to teach grades first through eighth. First hired in 1976 (during the bicentennial) in the Superior school district, I taught for 26 years. I told my students that as they matured, they would discover they were gifted or talented in one or more areas. I told them that if they could imagine something, it could very well be possible.

We have come a long way since July 4, 1776. Let us strive to be a more perfect union — not digress.

We have a person in the Oval Office who seems to have no idea of our country's history. He doesn't read. He seemed to care little about how much pain and suffering he caused with the partial federal-government shutdown. He created an imaginary crisis. It wasn't about a wall. It was about his ego and the foolish, ill-informed and uneducated people who support him. Nothing more.

Apparently ISIS still exists; four Americans died in Syria from a suicide bomber.

I am a patriot and a United States Marine who took an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic. I served two tours in Vietnam. Trump dodged the draft and didn't.

Paul A. Fleming