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Friday, February 14, 2020 1:00 am


Romney's lone GOP soul not for sale in Senate

I have new respect for Mitt Romney, the last Republican senator. Standing on principle and truth may seem quaint in the current environment, but without such underpinning societies always degenerate into despotism.

It was deeply disturbing to watch the Trumplican senators lie and dissemble like Soviet apparatchiks. They turned the trial into a sham reminiscent of Jim Crow jury nullification on a grander scale. How casually and cynically they swore and then violated their oaths before their Christian God. This is what real atheism looks like.

Romney's acknowledgment of Donald Trump's abuse of power – amid the cowardly sea of appeasement from his party – proves that not all souls are for sale.

Robert J. Uecker

Fort Wayne

Senators need reminder of whom they truly serve

Our senators refused to heed the call of 75% of the nation and followed instead the president's orders to block the testimony of witnesses in the impeachment trial. Loyal to the president rather than their conscience or their constituents, our senators abdicated their duty and facilitated what can only be called a massive coverup of evidence.

Despite this travesty of justice, enormous evidence makes it clear that President Donald Trump egregiously violated his oath of office and should have been convicted of the charges he faced. But, obsequiously pandering to our authoritarian and vindictive president, Sens. Mike Braun and Todd Young now ask us to believe that Trump's actions did not constitute an abuse of presidential power.

While I refuse to embrace this denial of reality, I do believe our country is now closer to autocratic rule than at any time in the history of our republic. And the consequences of our senators' decision will only encourage this dangerous trend. Given the precedent the Republican-led Senate has established, should a future president extort an ally to interfere in an election for the express purpose of enhancing the odds of that president remaining in power, members of Congress could only reach the same conclusion, i.e., that doing so is not an abuse of presidential power.

As they prepare to solicit our votes, we should remind our senators that they are elected to protect and defend the Constitution. They do not serve at the pleasure of the president.



Troubling symptoms call for explanation

In this age of big-screen, ultra-high-definition televisions, when will it become unavoidable to have a serious discussion about President Donald Trump's dramatically dilated pupils when he holds off-the-rails events like he did in the wake of his impeachment acquittal? Should we just continue pretending we don't see them as they come and go? In America, aren't we permitted to at least inquire about such things, as well as his persistent, inexplicable sniffling? Isn't this a critical health-related matter when the person in question has command of our nuclear arsenal? Aren't we entitled to know what is really going on before we vote in November?

Wendy Burke

Fort Wayne

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