September 12 Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

By any measure including his own, Trump’s presidency has been a failure.  In running for president, Trump called himself The Great Deal Maker and said he would make “great deals” for the American people.  Here is the record:

Mexican payment for Trump’s wall:  No Deal

A new immigration law including legalization for DACA recipients:  No Deal

“Fantastic health care plan” to replace Obamacare (ACA):  No Deal

The de-nuclearization of North Korea:  No Deal

Capitulation to his demands by Iran:  No Deal

A middle-class tax cut:  No deal

A new arms control treaty with Russia: No Deal

A peace plan for Afghanistan:  Deal pending?    Probably not.

An Israeli/Palestinian peace plan (“so easy”) :  No Deal

Gun control legislation:  No Deal

What’s the deal, Mr. President?  Your presidency is a miserable failure.  It’s time to pardon yourself, hang up your smart phone and tweet “Good-bye.  I resign.”

Joel Gormley
Alpine, TX


Dear Editor,

Thank you to The Food Shark for throwing .50 cent pieces to the kids at the Marfa Lights Parade. That was such a unique and fun thing for the kids to receive! They were all thrilled with the generous gesture!

Thank you!

Amber Sherrill


Dear Editor,

Troubled Times

Trump’s grease crayon fiasco over Hurricane Dorian’s destructive path had a disconcerting similarity to Sesame Street’s “The Great Cookie Thief” story read to my pre-Kindergarten son in 1979. With his level of crazy thought it’s prudent to contradict Weather Service experts warning millions in the way, although creating unnecessary fear for Alabamans.

Responding to US immigration revoking protections for migrants seeking life-saving medical care, a friend wrote: “If Trump owned the manger in Bethlehem, Jesus would have been in the dirt.” I share my friend’s concern.

His conservative base and Evangelical supporters’ attitude? “Illegal, shouldn’t be here!” Is that Jesus speaking, Matthew 25:43?

Future generations will ask: “What were we thinking?” and “What did we do?” The answer speaks to our character and compassion for others struggling with problems not of their making. We’ve already learned a good deal about ourselves and those we thought we knew.

What do we say to the calloused or indifferent to the stench of intentional cruelty, though miles removed from inhumane Trump Camps “Zero Tolerance”? What do we say to those unconcerned about the moral rot which spawned Trump and corrupt associations? What do we say to help others understand the problem with the President of the United States lying all the time?

Speak honestly, directly and resolutely: “Time’s long-passed for a blind eye, head-in-the-sand approach. In troubled times, character and integrity matter more than ever!” These are teaching moments.

Sincerely yours,

Rev. Barry Abraham Zavah