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Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Colum­nist em­ploys ‘ut­ter, par­ti­san drivel’

Dear Editor: Re Michael Rea­gan’s opin­ion piece on Nov. 15, “Get a grip, losers”:

The mere ti­tle is bad enough, a vir­tual stick in the eye to the ma­jor­ity of U.S. vot­ers. Lines such as “Your guy lost. Live with it,” and “Four years ago and eight years ago, our guy lost. We lived with it.” He fin­ishes up with “This is how it works ev­ery four years.”

What ut­ter, par­ti­san drivel. He says we should all pull to­gether (or at least get out of the way, be com­pli­ant and stop com­plain­ing). Yeah, just like the Repub­li­cans “got over it” and co­op­er­ated with the pres­i­dent and his agenda over the last four- and eight-year cy­cles. Why don’t we ask Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, Rep. Dar­rell Issa, Sen. Ted Cruz and the Free­dom Cau­cus how much they co­op­er­ated over the last two cy­cles?

Does Rea­gan re­ally think “losers” are that stupid? What bub­ble does he live in? This feigned, right­eous in­dig­na­tion is ridicu­lous. His taunt­ing is un­be­com­ing a ma­jor colum­nist, and he should be ashamed of him­self. His glee­ful­ness and sar­casm are not help­ful at this time.

That said, I hope the new ad­min­is­tra­tion is wise, de­lib­er­ate and forth­right. How­ever, don’t be sur­prised if the loyal op­po­si­tion takes the tack the Repub­li­cans did the last eight years. Af­ter all, they are just fol­low­ing their peers on the other side.

To para­phrase Bette Davis: “Fas­ten your seat belts. It’s go­ing to be a bumpy ride.” David Van De Wa­ter

Kingston

Not all pres­i­dents de­serve a chance

Dear Editor: I have al­ways been in­clined to give new pres­i­dents a chance, even if I op­posed them. But so far, Don­ald Trump seems to be do­ing all he can to squan­der any pos­si­ble tiny smidgen of hope I had in him.

Maybe Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell had the right strat­egy for Trump when he de­cided to op­pose ev­ery­thing Pres­i­dent Obama said and did from Day One, and maybe we should adopt it for Trump.

Pres­i­dent-elect Trump has de­based the level of dis­course in our pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns for the rest of time; em­bar­rassed our coun­try in front of the whole world by his lan­guage and be­hav­ior; low­ered re­spect for us in the eyes of our al­lies; cre­ated fear in large swaths of our cit­i­zenry; ral­lied and in­spired some of the most de­spi­ca­ble seg­ments of our so­ci­ety, like the KKK, white su­prem­a­cists and neo-Nazis; cho­sen some very ques­tion­able char­ac­ters for his prospec­tive cab­i­net and ad­vis­ers; con­tin­ues to dis­play his thin-skinned and venge­ful streak by lash­ing out with his tweets; and keeps flipflop­ping on var­i­ous stands he took (and changed) be­fore, even some that his sup­port­ers loved him for.

And, by the way, why should a man like this be in the White House at all when his op­po­nent got more votes?

Lee Au­gus­tine Wawars­ing

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