Si­lence is no op­tion

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Re­gard­ing “Flake slams Trump in fiery speech” (Page A1, Wed­nes­day), in speeches, we have re­cently had a for­mer Demo­cratic and a for­mer Repub­li­can pres­i­dent who know what is re­quired to be pres­i­dent crit­i­cize as­pects of Pres­i­dent Trump’s poli­cies that they see as for­eign to Amer­i­can val­ues and in­ter­ests. We now have three con­gress­men from his own party pub­licly crit­i­ciz­ing as­pects of our pres­i­dent’s char­ac­ter and ac­tions.

The bad thing about this is that some of these ac­tions are per­sonal, such as bul­ly­ing and not telling the truth, which we would even coun­sel our chil­dren against, but com­ing from the na­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive is sim­ply inex­cus­able. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., men­tioned that si­lence was no longer an op­tion for him, if he was to re­main a sen­a­tor and do the job he was sworn to per­form.

Pres­i­dent Trump’s ac­tions are reach­ing the point where many of us do not want to nor­mal­ize his be­hav­ior as ac­cept­able in the of­fice of pres­i­dent. Just like Sen­a­tor Flake be­lieves si­lence is be­com­ing less of an op­tion. Ron Curtis , Hous­ton

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