Letters: Isn’t this America? How long will it be America?

27September 2020

Isn’t this America? In America we’ve always taken great pride in the peaceful transfer of the presidency through elections. We may have gnashed our teeth when our candidate lost, but we accepted it.

What has happened to us?

The current president has said that if he loses it will be due to a “rigged” election and voter fraud. For months his team of lawyers has been planning various means of contesting the election. Yet, Trump tells his supporters to vote twice — by mail and in person. Imagine the chaos that will cause.

Instead of encouraging people to vote, some state governments are suppressing the vote. The number of polling places has been reduced in the heavily populated areas where they are needed most. Early voting days have been reduced. The Postmaster General has curtailed prompt mail delivery and reduced the number of mail boxes. Pennsylvania will not count mail-in ballots that arrive without the blank inner Secrecy Envelope even though the outer envelope is filled out perfectly. Officials estimate that will include about 100,000 ballots.

Meanwhile, the Russian government orchestrates efforts to discredit Joe Biden, sow dissension and hate among Americans, and call into question our system of democracy. How happy Putin must be as Trump denies the reports of his own FBI and CIA and allows this interference on his behalf to continue! What fools we look like to the rest of the world.

Isn’t this America? How long will it be America?  How long before voting is simply eliminated completely?

K.C. Simmer, Maplewood


Hope they’re wrong again

I don’t imagine that I’m the only one tired of campaign commercials. More of the same yet unfulfilled promises from campaigns past. Joe BIden promising great health care coverage when the administration he was in for eight years only produced Obamacare which in my experience only caused the costs to skyrocket. And the pre-existing condition protection has no teeth, either. The fact is that if you’re not covered by your employer and you haven’t reached Medicare age the average working American still can’t afford it.

I suggest the politicians go on the same system the rest of us have instead of the free ride some of them have been on for 40 years. While they vow to fight for us, all they can do is resist and obstruct and fight with each other. No one knows yet how the election is going to turn out and you sure can’t trust the polls that the mainstream media are putting out as they are completely biased. I only hope they’re wrong again.

Mark Ruecker, Roseville


General Grant of the USA

Our president glorifies Confederate General Lee, who wrote, “The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, physically, and socially. The painful discipline they are undergoing is necessary for their further instruction as a race, and will prepare them, I hope, for better things.”

Vice president of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens, explained the reason for the Civil War. “The Confederate States Constitution puts at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to African slavery as it exists among us, and the proper status of the negro in our civilization. This was the immediate cause of the present revolution.

“The Confederacy’s foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition.”

Had Lee conquered the army of the United States, the right to own Blacks as property would have been guaranteed under the Constitution of the Confederate State of America, and its flag, not the stars and stripes, would dominate the land.

Lee met his match in General Grant of the USA. Why Trump chose to glorify Lee over Grant is the troubling question.

Ken W. Brown, Eden Prairie


Lessen the turmoil

Regarding the letter headlined “Turmoil” (Sept. 24): I suspect the 150 families receiving $500 per month for 18 months during COVID-19 will never see retirement or the beauties of the North Shore.

However, $500 will help lessen the turmoil so many St. Paulites are feeling because of COVID-19.

Thank you, Mayor Carter, for dealing with this crisis.

Jane Murphy, St. Paul



The letter writer who tries to explain gaslighting has obviously failed to follow the continuing results of investigations on the subjects he mentions.

For instance, a multiyear State Department probe of emails that were sent to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private computer server concluded there was no systemic or deliberate mishandling of classified information, according to a report submitted to Congress in July.

As for the Ukrainian allegations, the official telephone transcripts have never been released, much less disproved. The nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office announced in 2020 that Donald Trump’s White House broke the law by withholding aid from Ukraine, and the congressional auditing agency said Trump’s orders violated the Impoundment Control Act, a law forcing the president to spend money that Congress has appropriated.

Concerning the Russia connections, a bipartisan Senate investigation concluded that members of the 2016 Trump campaign represented a major counterintelligence risk to the U.S. due to their frequent contacts with individuals with close ties to the Russian government. The Senate Intelligence Committee released the fifth and final volume of its Russia investigation report recently, a 1000-page document that largely supports the key findings on Russian election interference made by former special counsel Robert Mueller.

As for racial tensions, despite warnings from the president and Attorney General Barr about Antifa, according to testimony under oath a week ago before the House Homeland Security Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray reported that “Antifa is an ideology, not a group. Racially motivated violent extremism, mostly from people subscribing to some kind of radical white supremacist-type ideology, accounts for the bulk of the bureau’s work on domestic terrorist threats.”

Nancy Schutte, Kenyon

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