Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor

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It’s no se­cret that this Pres­i­dent, like all pres­i­dents, has made his share of mis­takes, and with Pres­i­dent Trump many of these are self in­flicted. He ran on the mantra of “Drain the Swamp,” and he is cer­tainly shak­ing things up. He ap­pears to be shak­ing up ev­ery­thing. I be­lieve he is learn­ing that com­pro­mise is es­sen­tial, yet al­though hav­ing the num­bers in both houses of Con­gress, his leg­isla­tive ideas are not be­ing ap­proved, but that is not why I write.

From Repub­li­cans to Democrats and from printed me­dia to news me­dia, I am ap­palled that col­lec­tively ev­ery­one has been dis­re­spect­ful to the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dency. It’s one thing to dis­agree with Pres­i­dent Trump, but to con­tinue to bash and make news out of ev­ery­thing our Pres­i­dent does in of­fice as neg­a­tive, in my opinion, dam­ages the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dency in the eyes of the world.

News shows bash, talk shows bash, con­gress­men bash, and those in his own party are not only bash­ing the Pres­i­dent but the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dency. Byrne, a mem­ber of the Se­cret Ser­vice that pro­tected sev­eral Pres­i­dents, in his book “Cri­sis of Char­ac­ter,” points out that when the Mon­ica Lewin­sky scan­dal was un­fold­ing, his job was to pro­tect the Pres­i­dency as well as the Pres­i­dent. Pro­tect­ing the of­fice was also his higher duty. He ad­mits he cleaned up be­hind Bill a time or two.

I just find it hard to be­lieve all this con­tin­ues to go on now, with a dif­fer­ent furor, then when Pres­i­dent Obama was in of­fice. Many be­lieve that if Pres­i­dent Obama would have been at­tacked like this, the at­tacker would have been ei­ther si­lenced or la­beled a racist. And go back no fur­ther than FDR, to re­al­ize a Pres­i­dent in a wheel chair would have been per­ceived as “weak,” so FDR’s in­abil­ity to walk was strictly guarded. This was be­cause the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dency was re­spected and guarded.

Whether we like to man in of­fice or not, I am from a school that be­lieves that the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dency of the United States should be held in high re­gard, whether you agree or dis­agree with the man in of­fice, or whether you voted to elect him or not. I sim­ply ask to tone down the rhetoric.

Gene Kostreba

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