Isn’t elec­tion ‘med­dling’ sim­ply par for the course?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - National -

I’m re­ally con­fused. The coun­try is in the mid­dle of a “hissy fit” over Rus­sian med­dling in our elec­tion(s). His­tory has proved that our own gov­ern­ment has al­ways “med­dled” in the elec­tions of other coun­tries, try­ing to in­flu­ence out­comes in ways ben­e­fi­cial to the U.S. (Cuba, Panama, Iran, etc., come im­me­di­ately to mind). I would as­sume it is the duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity of our gov­ern­ment to be in­volved in other coun­tries’ elec­tions in ways ben­e­fi­cial to us. Why are we so shocked and out­raged that Rus­sia may be try­ing to do the same thing, in its best in­ter­ests?

Also, what could the Rus­sians pos­si­bly do to us that our op­pos­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties haven’t al­ready done, or would be per­fectly will­ing to do if given the op­por­tu­nity? Ly­ing, cheat­ing, mis­in­for­ma­tion, ex­ag­ger­a­tion, mis­quot­ing, poll stuff­ing — all are part of the stan­dards used in any po­lit­i­cal race. If it can be got­ten away with, it’s done. I don’t see how the Rus­sians could make it any worse. ED KEAR­NEY

Cross Creek, Wash­ing­ton County team could have com­peted this year was by adding some pieces rather than send­ing its stars away. But, no; while other teams in the di­vi­sion were sign­ing up play­ers to strengthen their teams, Pi­rates owner Bob Nut­ting de­cides to de­tract rather than add, thus send­ing out a much-weak­ened lineup. As a fan Iam deeply dis­ap­pointed. BILL SCHWARTZ

Scott

I re­cently can­celed my MLB.TV sub­scrip­tion with a heavy heart. I’ll never give up on the Pi­rates and wish all our cur­rent and for­mer Pi­rates the best. The mem­o­ries of watch­ing Josh Har­ri­son’s base run­ning, An­drew McCutchen’s div­ing catches, Pe­dro Al­varez and chants of El Toro, Sean Ro­driguez’s mag­i­cal re­turn or at­tend­ing the game with my mom are price­less to me.

But I can’t see pro­vid­ing mon­eyto Ma­jor League Base­ball or the Pi­rates when the Pi­rates refuse to rein­vest in the team.

We wel­come your opin­ion

Liv­ing in Hous­ton since 1985, I saw the com­mit­ment needed from play­ers and the or­ga­ni­za­tion to make a team a world cham­pion. In Jan­uary, I got to stand in awe next to the World Se­ries tro­phy. This up­com­ing base­ball sea­son, I think MLB play­ers should run onto that field know­ing their or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­port­s­their run to the tro­phy. CARLA STOWE

Hous­ton, Texas

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