Get your facts straight

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

This let­ter is in re­sponse to the let­ter to the ed­i­tor writ­ten by Mr. David Lines in the Nov. 16 Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, ti­tled “Abus­ing ex­ec­u­tive power” in which Mr. Lines stated that Pres­i­dent Obama has is­sued “more than 700 ‘Ex­ec­u­tive Or­ders.’” The Pres­i­dent has, in fact, is­sued 261 EOs as of Nov. 10, 2016.

As a com­par­i­son, in re­cent years, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush is­sued 291 EOs and Pres­i­dent Clin­ton is­sued 308.

I am dis­tressed by the preva­lence of fake news and false in­for­ma­tion in all forms of me­dia these days, and I’m equally troubled that the ed­i­to­rial staff of this news­pa­per chose to print a false­hood that any­one with ac­cess to a Google search could ver­ify. In these di­vi­sive po­lit­i­cal times, please let’s stick to the facts. Martha L. Court­ney, La Plata

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