Words, ac­tions make Trump most de­spi­ca­ble

Austin American-Statesman - - VIEWPOINTS -

The Char­lottesville, Va., ri­ots and killing opened old wounds and cre­ated an­i­mos­ity in our na­tion. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ref­er­enced neo-Nazis and other white su­prem­a­cist groups on three oc­ca­sions af­ter the ri­ots, but I fo­cus on neo-Nazis. I re­mem­ber well the sac­ri­fices dur­ing World War II, which ended in 1945. Wives and moth­ers saw mil­lions of our na­tion’s finest go to war. Crit­i­cal goods were ra­tioned. About 400,000 Amer­i­can troops died on for­eign soil, most of them fight­ing Ger­man Nazis.

Trump equated white su­prem­a­cists in Char­lottesville to cit­i­zens protest­ing them, but he ne­glected to call out ri­ot­ers dis­play­ing Nazi flags, Trump signs and Trump caps. He also failed to re­ject neoNazi sup­port of his ad­min­is­tra­tion. Be­cause of his words and ac­tions, I con­sider Trump as the most de­spi­ca­ble Amer­i­can. HER­SCHEL HILL, TAYLOR

CON­TRIB­UTED BY MIKE HILL / U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SER­VICE 2012

The dunes sage­brush lizard is be­ing dis­lodged by sand min­ing firms that are dig­ging into the heart of the lizard’s sen­si­tive habi­tat, a reader writes.

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