Letter to the Editor

NT Contributor clarifies intent of June 17 statement

Thank you for printing my contribution to Cheers and Jeers on June 17, 2019. However, due to my error, I gave the impression that the sacrifices of those on the homefront were equal to the sacrifices of those who served in the military.

But so many men and women suffered much and gave their all for those at home

The sentence should have read, “Truly those who served in the military and those who served at home were the Greatest Generation since the founders of our free nation.”

My own brother was one of the first two young men to be drafted from Clark County. He served in the Army Air Force.

— Mazie Hecker


There is a Ruse 'in the works'

Do not be fainthearted Trumpsters. Iran’s recent attacks on foreign shipping and a U.S. drone have not gone unnoticed. A ruse is in the works. The day of reckoning will soon be unleashed, and who shall be able to stand?

— Leroy Heil


Racism accusations new low in politics

I don’t know about you, but I have had just about all the phony racial smears I can stand. The best example of how low our political discourse has fallen can be seen in the recent dust-up between Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Cory Booker.

Booker publicly scolded Biden for reminiscing about a bygone era when he was able to work with Senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, both segregationists. Biden, first elected to the Senate in 1973, stated that while he did not agree with these men on much, “At least there was some civility. We got things done.”

Once Booker opened the flood gates, it didn’t take long for the rest of the Democratic field to pile on, hoping to land a blow on the front runner. It’s like watching an animal eat its own. Not much to admire there.

I am by no means a Biden fan. When I think of a leader, Biden’s name has never come to mind. But Cory Booker’s attack on Biden as a racist is both unfair and untrue. Joe Biden was championing civil rights causes while Cory Booker was still in diapers.

Even more shameful was Booker’s tactics during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing. With all the phony moral outrage he could muster, (Booker once tried his hand at acting) he called Jeff Sessions a racist (in so many words), charging that Sessions would not, “…aggressively pursue … equal rights, and justice for all.”

Less than a year before, Sessions had joined Booker to co-sponsor a bill that awarded Congressional Gold Medals to marchers on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama. At the ceremony, Booker stated that, “I feel blessed and honored to have partnered with Senator Sessions in being the Senate sponsors of this important award.” Talk about an opportunistic back-stabber!

As Alabama’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions fought to desegregate schools, shut down the Ku Klux Klan, and execute a murdering Klan leader.

In his questioning of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Booker poured on the phony outrage act once again, this one deserving of an Academy Award. Booker berated her shamefully over the Trump “S-Hole” comment. Watching this, I so hoped that she would fight back and call him out for the bully he is. But Booker knows how to pick his victims. He knew that Nielsen, like Sessions, was not a confrontational person. I seriously doubt he would have spoken to his male colleagues in such a disgraceful, disrespectful manner.

Last of all; let us not forget Booker’s “I am Spartacus” moment during the Brett Kavanaugh hearing. In a comical display of political theatrics, Booker brazenly leaked confidential documents having to do with Kavanaugh’s time in the White House, clearly violating Senate rules. He then tweeted to brag about it. His actions should have barred him from the Senate, but the rules only apply to others, not Booker.

Of course, the purpose of all this political theater is to draw attention to oneself by landing in a sound bite on cable news or YouTube. With the media’s voracious appetite for fanning controversy, the more outrage one can manufacture, the better.

While Biden was only trying to make a point about civility (something Booker would know nothing about), let’s not feel too sorry for “Sleepy” Joe. Biden himself is no stranger to the racial smear. Wasn’t it Joe who called Trump supporters the “dregs of society?”

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey wrote that, “…of all the insidious practices that have crept into our politics in recent times, I know of none more insidious than casual and unjustified accusations of racism, smears that once leveled are difficult to wipe clean.”

It seems that for some, phony moral outrage and the racial smear have become political weapons of choice. This sort of shameful behavior is not good for our political discourse, nor is it good for our country.

— Bethony Barker