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As a sur­vivor of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, my soul has been crushed by Pres­i­dent Trump’s elec­tion and his con­tin­ued de­ter­mi­na­tion to un­der­mine civil and women’s rights.

It has made me ques­tion my faith in hu­man­ity, in my friends and co­work­ers. It’s like a night­mare that never ends, de­stroy­ing your spirit, leav­ing you with a lin­ger­ing fear of the fu­ture.

Yet, in the midst of this hu­man tragedy we have re­newed our com­mit­ment to sup­port one an­other. The old adage, what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger, has come into play, and we will re­dis­cover our strength.

Al­though I am hurt and dis­cour­aged, I am in­spired by the unity of women across Amer­ica and be­lieve that this ex­pe­ri­ence will pave the way for equal­ity for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. This is just an­other part of our jour­ney, not our des­ti­na­tion. We will live to fight an­other day, and the vic­tory will be all the sweeter.

Eve­lyn Diana Frogge-Chabot, Bartlett

Ka­vanaugh a vic­tim of pol­i­tics

Ku­dos to Repub­li­can Sen. Su­san Collins for her pas­sion­ate speech in sup­port of Judge Brett Ka­vanaugh. From the very first mo­ment this man was an­nounced as the nom­i­nee for the Supreme Court, the Demo­cratic Party has done noth­ing but try to rail­road him, block him and smear his name, all be­cause they are still fum­ing about Pres­i­dent Trump win­ning the White House ...

It ap­pears that we have en­tered a dark time in our coun­try now when a per­son is guilty be­fore pre­sumed in­no­cent in­stead of in­no­cent un­til proven guilty. I feel bad for what Judge Ka­vanaugh and his fam­ily have had to go through over th­ese last few weeks in what ap­pears to be noth­ing more than a smear cam­paign led by Demo­cratic Sen. Di­ane Fe­in­stein and her Demo­cratic coun­ter­parts.

I also feel sorry for Dr. Chris­tine Blasey Ford what she has had to en­dure dur­ing this time pe­riod, but un­for­tu­nately her story against Judge Ka­vanaugh does not hold wa­ter at this point.

Jef­frey John­ston, Olive Branch

In­no­cent un­til proven guilty

Be­ing an in­de­pen­dent voter I have no party to be loyal to. What I look for from each party is to im­ple­ment a struc­tured eval­u­a­tion process that is de­cided af­ter all facts are pre­sented to the Amer­i­can peo­ple. I've no­ticed a bias be­fore any can­di­date was an­nounced for the Supreme Court. I don't judge any man or woman with­out learn­ing who they are and their po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion has noth­ing to do with their char­ac­ter or ca­pa­bil­i­ties. I did re­search as many facts from rul­ings made by Judge Ka­vanaugh and see no in­di­ca­tion of what spec­u­la­tion many news net­works are claim­ing.

If I were on a jury on claims of sex­ual abuse with tes­ti­mony and facts pre­sented, then I would have rea­son­able doubt of guilt. On the most vi­o­lent of crime tri­als, a per­son is in­no­cent un­til the facts con­firm his guilt. I worry we are so di­vided that es­ca­la­tion of con­fronta­tion in hos­tile ways can only lead to vi­o­lence.

If you truly love this won­der­ful coun­try, then let every­one ex­press their views with ci­vil­ity to­wards each other and con­demn all vi­o­lence. God bless all of you and Amer­ica.

David Wieland, Eads

Rape is crime hid­den from view

I am an old woman and spend a lot of time watch­ing TV. Th­ese last few days has taken me back to an ear­lier time. The an­swer for men ac­cused of rape has al­ways been deny, deny, deny. The next step is make fun of the woman. Rape is a crime hid­den from view of oth­ers. We only have the state­ments from the ac­cused and the vic­tim. The ac­cused are two 17-yearold boys and the vic­tim a 15-year-old child.

We may never know for sure so we have to de­cide who we be­lieve. I be­lieve Dr. Ford.

We saw a pres­i­dent use the old deny and make fun of. I even saw some peo­ple join in the laugh­ter. I fear for fu­ture vic­tims of this crime.

Urba Reed, Mem­phis

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