NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW IN AMERICA


By MICHELLE HOOD

To Whom it May Concern,

Trump is a danger to our democracy. Given the overwhelming evidence Mueller presented in his report and testimony, and the willingness of this administration to let foreign powers interfere in our democracy, it’s past time Congress opened a formal impeachment inquiry.

No more excuses. No more delays.

The Mueller investigation found extensive criminal activity committed by Trump and his team. It resulted in 37 indictments and at least seven convictions or guilty pleas, uncovered over 10 instances of obstruction of justice by Trump himself, and revealed over 100 secret meetings and communications between his campaign and Russian and their cronies.

If any other American had obstructed justice as flagrantly as Trump has, they’d be going to jail.

Our representative needs to step up now, because doing nothing will only embolden Trump to trample over our democratic norms and to keep breaking the law. Doing nothing sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents.

For all of these reasons, it’s time for our representative to voice their support for a formal impeachment inquiry.

Sincerely,
Michele Hood, Chatsworth, CA

                          
DONALD TRUMP IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW

By CLARICE SHEPARD

To Whom it May Concern,

Trump is a danger to our democracy. Given the overwhelming evidence Mueller presented in his report and testimony, and the willingness of this administration to let foreign powers interfere in our democracy, it’s past time Congress opened a formal impeachment inquiry.

No more excuses. No more delays.

The Mueller investigation found extensive criminal activity committed by Trump and his team. It resulted in 37 indictments and at least seven convictions or guilty pleas, uncovered over 10 instances of obstruction of justice by Trump himself, and revealed over 100 secret meetings and communications between his campaign and Russian and their cronies.

If any other American had obstructed justice as flagrantly as Trump has, they’d be going to jail.

Our representative needs to step up now, because doing nothing will only embolden Trump to trample over our democratic norms and to keep breaking the law. Doing nothing sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents.

For all of these reasons, it’s time for our representative to voice their support for a formal impeachment inquiry.

Sincerely,
Clarice Shepard, Woodland Hills, CA

                        
I’M TAKING A STAND ON IMPEACHMENT

By CHERYL SMITH

To Whom it May Concern,

Trump is a danger to our democracy. Given the overwhelming evidence Mueller presented in his report and testimony, and the willingness of this administration to let foreign powers interfere in our democracy, it’s past time Congress opened a formal impeachment inquiry.

No more excuses. No more delays.

The Mueller investigation found extensive criminal activity committed by Trump and his team. It resulted in 37 indictments and at least seven convictions or guilty pleas, uncovered over 10 instances of obstruction of justice by Trump himself, and revealed over 100 secret meetings and communications between his campaign and Russian and their cronies.

If any other American had obstructed justice as flagrantly as Trump has, they’d be going to jail.

Our representative needs to step up now, because doing nothing will only embolden Trump to trample over our democratic norms and to keep breaking the law. Doing nothing sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents.

For all of these reasons, it’s time for our representative to voice their support for a formal impeachment inquiry.

Sincerely,
Cheryl Smith, Woodland Hills, CA


CONGRESS MUST CARRY OUT ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY


By HEATHER RICHMAN

To Whom It May Concern:

Currently, 130+ congressional representatives have taken a stand against corruption and support an impeachment inquiry into Trump. It’s imperative that every member of Congress recognize the danger of letting Trump get away with his criminal activity and publicly support an impeachment inquiry. It would be unconscionable to do otherwise.

We’ve got the facts. Bob Mueller did not exonerate Donald Trump -- not by a long shot. His investigation found extensive criminal activity and resulted in 37 indictments and at least 7 convictions or guilty pleas, including Trump’s national security advisor, personal lawyer, and campaign chairman.

Mueller uncovered over 100 secret meetings and communications between Trump’s team and Russia and their cronies -- and found at least 10 episodes of obstruction of justice by Donald Trump, in which he tried to bury the truth.

Obstruction of justice is a serious crime. If anyone else did what Trump did, they’d be in jail. Mueller made it clear that the Department of Justice prevented him from indicting Donald Trump.

No one is above the law in our country, not even the president.

Mueller did his job. It’s time for Congress to do theirs. That’s why our representative must publicly voice their support for holding Trump accountable through a formal impeachment inquiry now.

Doing nothing will only embolden Trump to continue breaking the law and will set a dangerous precedent for our democracy. That’s not the America I know.

Sincerely,
Heather Richman, Valley Village, CA

                           IS THERE ANY REST FOR AMERICA?


By GLENN MOLLETTE

Most Americans are tired.

Ask most any American and you will hear an array of reasons why we are tired. The answers range from long work hours to too many obligations.

Lots of things make us tired. We can become mentally tired. We all have things to think about and often we dwell on them. We think, we analyze, we worry and we wonder what tomorrow will bring. We ponder on personal problems, family situations, work issues, health battles. The list is almost never ending.

Americans deal with health issues and how to pay medical bills. People who have what seems to be guaranteed retirements even worry about the possibility that life could change for them. A good friend once told me his retirement was set until he was 90. “I’m 88,” he said. “When I become 90 I’m going to run out of money.” He lived to be 91. Many American s worry about outliving their money. Making more money if you live into your eighties has to be more difficult.

Overall, Americans are tired of all our problems. We’re tired of hearing about another killing. We are tired of hearing about our drug crisis. We are tired of hearing Washington and state politicians spout off about what they are going to do but all they do is get richer promising change, solutions and reform that never come.

Americans are tired of all the arguing we see on television and hear on radio. We know how many of our social media friends feel about the issues. Whenever an issue comes up it’s the same people talking the same rhetoric as before. We already knew how they felt before they said anything. However, some people talk and some people act. About the only action it seems that matters much is voting and it’s sad when some Americans are tired of all of it but they still won’t drag themselves to the polls and vote.

We hear a lot about reviving our economy and breathing more life into America’s work places. We need someone to breathe some life into the average American. Have you ever noticed how many people are walking around looking like they are about half dead? Too many Americans are zoned out, indifferent and zapped of human emotion and energy.

Jesus said,”Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28.  He was referring to an internal rest that no one or nothing else can give. He was referring to our spirit, the heart of our internal being. Many Americans and most of the world are trying to feed our souls with any and everything but it never satisfies us. There is rest for America and a peace that passes understanding. This rest and peace is only what G[-]d can give and the world can never take it away.

Glenn Mollette, Washington D.C.


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Mollette, Glenn, Washington, D.C., contributing columnist

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Sackett, Shmuel, contributing columnist

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Teitelbaum, Israel, contributing columnist

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                                WE ARE NOT STEPHEN MILLER

By JORDAN SHER

My name is Jordan Sher. [In my recently published book,] I interviewed people from many different countries who arrived from as far back as 1953 to as recently as 2015.and the stories are in many ways no different from why people are leaving their homes today: poverty, violence, oppression, war, crime, and a sense that life will be better in America.

My grandparents left the anti-Semitism and poverty of Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. Their villages in Poland and Russia were subjected to pogroms, which were the systematic destruction of their homes including murder, and rape, and other tactics of fear that left them no choice but to take their chances by emigrating to America.

As the rise in white nationalism is spawning the murderous violence against Latino, other people of color…, I am moved to reflect upon my own experiences, and the link they have to one of this president’s chief architects of immigration policy and hateful rhetoric, Stephen Miller.

I am Jewish though not religious or particularly observant. Still, in my household with parents who were religious, social justice was a strong component of how we were raised. This is a very "Jewish" concept in that we have always stood by the oppressed, perhaps because we have been persecuted and oppressed throughout human history. Many Jews marched with the civil rights activists of the 1960s, and continue to be strong advocates for what is right and just.

I knew of the holocaust at an early age. I knew of extended family who were murdered in the concentration camps. I was acutely aware of anti-Semitism, and confronted with it at various times in my life.

About a year ago Politico Magazine featured an article called, “Stephen Miller is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle,” by David Glosser. I encourage you to search it up. In it he writes about his family’s ordeal with anti-Semitism and subsequent emigration from eastern Europe by Miller’s great grandfather who earned enough money to send for his family. He also spells out that with the “America First” policy that refused to allow Jews to cross U.S. borders only a few years after his family’s arrival, were his family not allowed to come here they would have eventually been murdered by the Nazis who killed all but seven of the 2,000 residents of their small village.

Stephen Miller is Jewish. Did he not learn of the persecution and hate of the Spanish Inquisition, of the pogroms, and the holocaust? As a child the vile Nazis were sown into the fabric of who I am today. This history surely can’t be lost on Miller. His uncle eloquently prosecutes the case against his own nephew. His hateful policies are so antithetical to what it is that I was taught as a young person. The violence it is now encouraging at an alarming rate can’t be denied. His influence on the policies of Trump’s world view are reverberating with a level of fear not seen in this country on such a massive scale in decades. As a Jew, and as a human being, it breaks my heart to see what he’s doing, and it also makes me angry, and want to wake him up to the hypocrisy on which he proceeds.

Jordan Sher

                                 EL PASO AND DAYTON, NOW WHAT?

By GLENN MOLLETTE

Americans have grieved over the senseless murders of 31 people recently gunned down in an El Paso, Texas Walmart and a Dayton, Ohio nightclub. People were out living the American dream, shopping and having a night of fun. They were just living their lives.

Their lives were taken from them by men armed with automatic assault rifles and the element of surprise. People were living their lives and minding their own business. They weren’t prepared for someone with an assault weapon unleashing enough bullets to kill 22 people in El Paso and 9 people in Dayton.

The attacker always has the upper hand. The attacker plots out the place, determines a time and loads his gun to the max. Unless someone or several people are standing guard and watching very close the attacker will be able to kill and maim almost easily before the police show up. The Dayton, Ohio police arrived in less than a minute to kill the shooter. What if they had taken two or three minutes? I don’t think we would have faulted police for arriving in three minutes. However, if they had taken longer than the 40 seconds that it took them to arrive, 30 people or more might have been killed in Dayton alone.

Most everyone is saying we need to do something in America. Many Americans have ideas on what should be done. We should have the right to protect ourselves. In Kentucky most everyone over 21 can carry a gun and without a license. If either of these shooters had walked into a Walmart in Kentucky or a nightclub in Louisville they would have gotten off some shots but they would likely have been met with numerous fire arms coming right back at them.

Mass shooters are mentally ill people who have allowed the darkness of evil to take control of their lives. Such people must be detected by society and cannot be allowed to own automatic weapons. They also need intense help that few Americans are equipped to render.

Mental health workers, licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors who have received adequate training are in demand and the demand is growing off the chart. Millions of Americans are mentally ill and need help.

Offering mental help has to be incorporated into the health education classes of our schools. All schools districts must now employ not just one but several qualified counselors. One person can’t handle the load.

Our political leaders must now come together and agree on universal background checks for all weapons purchased. A special license should be required for assault weapons. I own several pistols and a three shot automatic shotgun. I’ve never felt that I needed a rifle with the capacity to shoot 50 or 70 rounds.

Walmart, churches, schools, nightclubs all have to be on guard. We all must have security plans. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If two security guards with semiautomatic pistols had been standing outside the Walmart in El Paso or the nightclub in Dayton, the mass murders could possibly have been prevented. Mass murderers are cowards who want to kill defenseless people.

Finally, we have to stop the hate. Let’s stop it everywhere from politics to social media, to the highways and to our national media. Let’s get hate out of television programs and our music.

Churches, schools, families, our elected leaders and all of us must work together to help this nation have a revival of love, respect, equality and helping each other.

Glenn Mollette, Washington D.C.

                  
  IT’S TIME TO HOLD DONALD TRUMP ACCOUNTABLE

By SHEILA EDMISTON

To Whom It May Concern:
Trump is a danger to our democracy. Given the overwhelming evidence Mueller presented in his report and testimony, and the willingness of this administration to let foreign powers interfere in our democracy, it’s past time Congress opened a formal impeachment inquiry.

No more excuses. No more delays.

The Mueller investigation found extensive criminal activity committed by Trump and his team. It resulted in 37 indictments and at least seven convictions or guilty pleas, uncovered over 10 instances of obstruction of justice by Trump himself, and revealed over 100 secret meetings and communications between his campaign and Russian and their cronies.

If any other American had obstructed justice as flagrantly as Trump has, they’d be going to jail.

Our representative needs to step up now, because doing nothing will only embolden Trump to trample over our democratic norms and to keep breaking the law. Doing nothing sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents. For all of these reasons, it’s time for our representative to voice their support for a formal impeachment inquiry.

Sincerely,
Sheila Edmiston, Valley Village, CA

                     IT’S TIME TO HOLD DONALD TRUMP ACCOUNTABLE


By ROB CAIN

Currently, 130+ congressional representatives have taken a stand against corruption and support an impeachment inquiry into Trump. It’s imperative that every member of Congress recognize the danger of letting Trump get away with his criminal activity and publicly support an impeachment inquiry. It would be unconscionable to do otherwise.

We’ve got the facts. Bob Mueller did not exonerate Donald Trump -- not by a long shot. His investigation found extensive criminal activity and resulted in 37 indictments and at least 7 convictions or guilty pleas, including Trump’s national security advisor, personal lawyer, and campaign chairman.

Mueller uncovered over 100 secret meetings and communications between Trump’s team and Russia and their cronies -- and found at least 10 episodes of obstruction of justice by Donald Trump, in which he tried to bury the truth.

Obstruction of justice is a serious crime. If anyone else did what Trump did, they’d be in jail. Mueller made it clear that the Department of Justice prevented him from indicting Donald Trump.

No one is above the law in our country, not even the president.

Mueller did his job. It’s time for Congress to do theirs. That’s why our representative Ted Lieu must publicly voice their support for holding Trump accountable through a formal impeachment inquiry now.

Doing nothing will only embolden Trump to continue breaking the law and will set a dangerous precedent for our democracy. That’s not the America I know.

Sincerely,
Rob Cain, Los Angeles, CA

NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW IN AMERICA, ESPECIALLY THE […] POTUS.

By MARIO ECHEVARRIA

To Whom It May Concern:

It’s time -- past time -- to open a formal impeachment inquiry. One hundred and thirty members of the House have already come out in support. I want to know why the remaining members (including my member of Congress), have yet to come on board. Democrats have had control of the House of Representatives since the beginning of the year and still have yet to hold Trump accountable for his criminal conduct. In my opinion, time’s up.

Trump may lie to the American people, but the evidence does not. Mueller’s report found over a hundred secret communications between Trump’s team and Russia or individuals tied to Russia. It found that Trump’s own campaign chairman gave polling data to a former Russian intelligence officer. It outlined at least 10 occasions in which Trump obstructed justice, which is a serious crime, to say the least. If you or I did what Trump did, we’d be in jail.

Trump can scream “no collusion” all he wants, but these actions are unacceptable from any American, much less from the Commander in Chief who is tasked with protecting our national security.

It’s imperative for our representatives to support a formal impeachment inquiry. Every lawmaker should want to hold Trump accountable for his crimes. We need to send a message that welcoming the help of a foreign government -- and obstructing justice to cover it up -- will not be tolerated.

Mario Echevarria, Porter Ranch, CA