In presidential ability, Trump is no Reagan
Some of my friends are depicting Donald Trump as a present-day Ronald Reagan because the press was/is critical of both for their lack of intellect.
President Reagan was aware of his shortcomings. He surrounded himself with the best available brains and he listened to them. Reagan became a successful president.
Trump, like a 16-year-old boy, thinks he knows everything. He disparages anybody who disagrees with him. He surrounds himself with yes men.
In his economic battle with China (basically I agree), he still insists that the tariffs are paid by China; they are paid by the importer in the U.S. It is true that the money goes to our treasury, but basically it is a tax on the consumer.
Reagan was a Republican who believed in conservative Republican principles. Trump has changed the Republican Party into his own image.
Victor Benaroya, Siesta Key
Cellphones, social media to blame for shootings
We’ve had firearms in the hands of the people since before there was a U.S.A.
Until at least the late 1970s, firearms were in cars in rural school parking lots during hunting season — without mass shootings.
These shootings began after the start of the internet and the frequency increased with the growth of social media access among our youth. These shooters were found to have disturbing internet posts and associations.
Let’s attack the problem at the source. Cut youth addiction to the internet/social media by denying cellphones to those under 18. They cannot sign contracts, so they should not get service, plus most could not pay the bill, so they probably they are supplied by parents.
Some will claim you cannot stop parents from giving cellphones to kids because they want them to have them.
If you use that argument, we will no longer be able to prosecute parents for giving kids cigarettes, alcohol or sex, because they give them since they want them to have them. Is this an avenue we want to open?
Let’s attack the driving force which energizes these perpetrators. Ban cellphones and social media from minors.
Larry Mack, North Port
To reduce mass shootings, vote against Republicans
When Gabby Giffords was shot in Tucson in 2011 by a man with a pistol with a 32-bullet clip, six people were killed.
The carnage could have been worse had the shooter had an AK-47 with a 100-bullet magazine like the one used in Dayton. The Tucson shooter could have killed 20 or more. Without a high-capacity clip, he might have only killed three since he was subdued when he tried to change clips.
Justice Antonin Scalia said the Second Amendment is not an absolute right. We should not outlaw all guns, but we should prohibit weapons of mass destruction.
Refusing to enact sane gun laws is not a Congress problem; it is a Republican problem.
I am old enough to remember when ethical giants who considered the rights of all the people populated the Republican Party.
We now have a Republican Party populated by tiny people who care more about their re-election than they do about our children's lives.
Republicans will do nothing substantial as long as they are bought by the weapons industry.
You can reduce the massive carnage inflicted on our children by voting against every Republican who runs for office.
Jerry R. Wood, Lakewood Ranch
If you deport immigrants, who will take their jobs?
To those applauding the recent ICE raids in Mississippi as upholding the "rule of law": It is obvious you believe detaining undocumented immigrants who committed a misdemeanor by entering the U.S. illegally trumps leaving children unexpectedly alone and crying, "My dad is not a criminal”; trumps removing taxpayers who have been members of their communities for many years; trumps galvanizing poor citizens to spend their meager resources to donate food and other essentials to families left destitute by losing their breadwinners.
And if the sad plight of good people who were only seeking a way for their families to have a viable income — and probably a safe environment — doesn't matter as much as preserving their jobs for legal Americans, time will quickly tell how many legal Americans want to do the unpleasant work these immigrants did in the food processing plants. Any volunteers?
Patricia Salberg, Sarasota
ICE raids in Mississippi reminder of another era
An ICE official, speaking of children left behind after the Mississippi raids, said ICE is "not a social services agency." This guy will probably get a promotion.
Historical note: “Terrible things are happening outside ... poor helpless people are being dragged out of their homes. … Families are torn apart; men, women and children are separated. Children come home from school to find that their parents have disappeared" — Anne Frank (Jan. 13, 1943).
Robert J. Elias, Sarasota