Archive for Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Letter to the editor: Appalling words

October 3, 2017


To the editor:

“They want everything done for them.”

Donald J. Trump tweeted this criticism of the residents of Puerto Rico whose homeland was flattened by a Category 4 hurricane. This statement — as are so many of Trump’s statements and actions — is appalling on multiple levels. Here are a few:

  1. It’s heartless. This island out there in the middle of the ocean, that big, tough ocean, has suffered a catastrophic event. Its residents are our fellow humans. They are also U.S. citizens like us. Our government can help them and so it must.
  2. It’s grammatically flawed. They don’t WANT everything done for them; they NEED everything done for them right now. There’s a fundamental difference between these two verbs: Trump wants to pardon himself and he wants two scoops of ice cream and he wants his tax “reform” to pass but the people of Puerto Rico need water and they need food and they need medical supplies. It’s a matter of survival not desire.
  3. It’s silly. They don’t want everything done for them: people like Donald J. Trump want everything — cooking and serving and gardening and housecleaning and driving and grape-picking — done for them. Preferably by Puerto Ricans whenever possible.
  4. It’s outrageous. This is the kind of thing a spoiled brat whines about . . . Ladies and gentlemen: the President of the United States.


Ken Lassman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I NEED to thank you for this corrective attitude adjustment letter.

Bob Summers 7 months, 3 weeks ago

This letter is a classic example of the exasperated emotional hypersensitivity of the congenital Liberal.

Imagine. People are in trouble in Puerto Rico, and this Liberal in nitpicking over the meaning of words.

This emotional rant reminds me of the one, when one of their President's ravishment frenzies, depended on what the definition of "is" is.

Brock Masters 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Trump should refrain from tweeting, but it was the attack and lies from the San Juan mayor that prompted the response from Trump. He should push back against attacks, but just needs to do it in a more presidential manner.

There was and is assistance for PR. No one was dying as the mayor said - lie. She was standing in front of pallets of food. Trump was right, not only did she want food and water she wanted someone to distribute it too. Figure out how to get the food to your people instead of doing interviews and saying people are dying when they aren’t.

At the time of her attacks there were !0,000 FEMA workers on the island.

Bob Summers 7 months, 3 weeks ago

but it was the attack and lies from the San Juan mayor that prompted the response from Trump

Details. Details Details. Detailed facts are of no concern to people with exasperated emotional hypersensitivity. Or, EEH. They need to vent their hate for others. It is what they do.

At the time of her attacks there were !0,000 FEMA workers on the island.

...and union truck drivers would not haul life saving food and water because of union work rules.

Lewis Thomason 7 months, 3 weeks ago

FEMA doesn't have but 9100 employees and not all of them were in Porto Rico most were in Texas and other places. There was no truckers strike according to the Teamsters the problem was impassable roads and a shortage of drivers.Please double check before you post.

Glen Stovall 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Ah---the great personal responsibility of republicans:---"he started it". Talk about "exasperated emotional hypersensitivity"----never any responsibility for anything.

Gary Stussie 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman ..."This is a crazed lunatic full of hate."

We used to be an "American Family". Now we resemble two warring tribes, one of which simply cannot move forward from Clinton's loss. Constant bombardment of hate and dissatisfaction by the media supercharges "Know Nothing" and "Done Nothing" individuals to echo these hate-filled sentiments.

Move on! Support your country and your President.

P Allen Macfarlane 7 months, 3 weeks ago

"Support your country and your President" No matter how boorish he is.

Calvin Anders 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Randi, you are missing the key point to Trumpster's tweet. The most important aspect if this language in this tweet is that it panders to his racist base. Trump is taking the opportunity to leap to the racist assertion that Latinos are lazy. He also keeps bringing up Puerto Rico's debt. His implication is that Puerto Ricans are lazy deadbeats who don't deserve help. It is a very intentional attempt to vilify Latinos and inspire his supporters to see Latinos as less than human. This is less about Trump being dumb and tone deaf. It's more about his estimation that he can further his agenda of bigotry and hate in the cause bolstering his base and whipping them into a froth. He is doing it on purpose.

Gary Stussie 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Bull crap! Only Dems play politics when people are in need. Everythings racist with you bums.

Carol Bowen 7 months, 3 weeks ago

  • Puerto Rico has supplies, but cannot distribute them because of the extent of damage and the difficult terrain. They need help moving supplies inland. Roads need to be cleared. Vehicles are needed.
  • Puerto Rico’s economic woes were caused by manipulation. The continental U.S. Laws were passed to give tax breaks to companies to locate in Puerto Rico. Pharmaceutical industries took advantage of those tax breaks. Then, it was decided that we, not Puerto Rico, wanted the revenue. The tax breaks were rescinded. Pharma downsized in Puerto Rico.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Trump supporters do not get it. Has there been problems getting help to Puerto Rico? Yes. Did the mayor of San Juan beg for more help? Yes. Did Trump respond with caring attitude as a good leader should? No Did he give words of encouragement and say we are trying to get help to you, hang in there, like a real leader would? No.. He had to call Puerto Ricans lazy. He is the whiner. He takes everything personally. He is concerned about everything being a "good story", even when people are suffering. When people around you are dying and your home has been destroyed, you don't want to hear your president talking about good news stories.

And his comment that Democrats told her to say that is just disgusting and divisive. First of all, she isn't even a Democrat. Does Trump really believe that Democrats flew to Puerto Rico to tell her to beg for help? Do you think that she likes begging for help? All the Trump supporters think that's what happened now. Now if he meets with her and apologizes today, I will change my mind. But right now, all I see is a man who is not a leader, and only thinks about his image, not about the people of the United State.

Don Brennaman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Maybe the bobs can fire up their black hawks and go help.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 3 weeks ago

So, since Brownback put the state of Kansas' budget in such dire straits, would Trump whine if the federal government had to help us with a life threatening disaster? Would he call us lazy? Probably not.

Richard Aronoff 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Puerto Rico has 3.6 million people and a debt of $73 billion. Since 1949, its governors have been members of either the Democrat party, the Progressive party or the New Progressive party. Even CNN describes the debt as being a result of Puerto Rico's "spending spree."

The problem has not been getting supplies to the island. The problem has is getting supplies around the island. Even before the storm, PR's infrastructure was in horrible shape so the question becomes what exactly was that $73 billion being spent on?

As for the Mayor of San Juan. She is a huge Hillary supporter and has heaped praise on a convicted FALN terrorist. Given her history, I think the president's remarks regarding her were rather measured.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 3 weeks ago

You are not getting the message. It was the redness of the president. Yes, it was tough getting supplies there, and the roads have been destroyed. But why would a leader, a president, tweet the rude disgusting tweets he did. She wasn't blaming him. She was desperate for her city. Trump is the one who took it personal. He takes everything personal. It's al about him. He is NOT a leader.\

And Puerto Rico has been in a bigger recession than the US went through and for a longer time. They have made stupid deals with businesses who have ripped them off. But is that an excuse not to help them? Really?

Richard Aronoff 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Why did Trump call out the San Juan mayor? Probably because the mayor was standing in front of pallets of supplies when she accused the president of not doing anything for the island.

If you can say a $73 billion debt with a population of 3.5 million people is based on bad business deals, you're crazier than I thought. That $73 billion is primarily bond obligations. Consider that in 2016, Kansas bond debt was $6.4 billion with a population of a little over 2.9 million.

No Dorothy, you are just a hater who would never support any Republican who beat Hillary even if it was another woman. Is it time to pull up your big girl pants and get over it? Depends.

Puerto Rico has been run by Progressive Democrats for 68 year. If the voters of PR want to know who to blame for the fix they're in now, they should look in the mirror.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I guess throwing paper towels and telling someone whose house was destroyed to have fun is just what you would say to people. I mean, that's why people say they support Trump, isn't it. He says what they would say. If your kid was lying in a hospital bed with an illness, would you remind them how much money they are costing you? If they were going into their physical therapy which is painful and hard work, would you say "have fun." At the very least, Trump has no social skills. At the worse, he has no empathy.

As a wimpy liberal, I would try to never let on to my child that they were costing me a lot of money. They have enough to worry about. When they went for their physical therapy I would say words of encouragement and sympathy. But you know, it's the bleeding heart thing.

Ray Mizumura 7 months, 2 weeks ago

One of the best letters ever published by the LJW. That's not hyperbole, that's just fact. The writer calls the squatter in the White House as she sees him, and her vision is crystal clear, uncommonly insightful, and all too rare in this day and age. Thank you Randi Hacker.

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