Trump, Cleveland more similar than you thought
I wish Washington Post columnist Hugh Hewitt had expanded on the similarities between Donald Trump and Grover Cleveland (Monday, page B7, "What Grover Cleveland Can Teach Donald Trump").
For example, when vetoing a farmers' relief bill in 1887, Cleveland famously said: "Although the people should support the government, the government should not support the people." In dealing with the pandemic's funding, testing, contact tracing and budget cuts to national health spending, Trump clearly echoed Cleveland's sentiments. Sixteen million cases and 302,000 deaths speak to that fact.
Both presidents abused American taxpayers. In dealing with a surplus in the Treasury, our 22nd president decided that investors could turn in their bonds before their due date and receive a bonus of $28 for every $100 dollar bond. The money for the bonuses came from taxes and tariffs paid by all Americans, but of course, most of the population did not own bonds.
In 2018, Trump doled out $19 billion in taxpayer dollars to farmers because of their loss of income as a result of tariffs he imposed. Yes, Trump is a lot like Cleveland. Both practiced reverse Robin Hoodism.
Dr. Michael V. Woodward
Paris climate story leaves out details
Your Nov. 23 news article about the Paris climate accord did not fully explain it to your readers. I remind you of your core value to give the news impartially without fear or favor.
Man's contribution to the CO2 production annually is 4% to 5%. Mother Nature provides 95% or more. China, the largest polluter, must have written this agreement. They can continue polluting and increase their CO2s for 10 years before they begin reductions. This agreement requires the U.S. to begin reductions immediately. This means monthly utility costs for Americans would rise, and it means all products requiring energy to manufacture in the U.S. would be more expensive. China would have 10 years of a big competitive advantage. This would raise our cost of living, compel companies to leave the U.S., and be a drag on our economy.
I don't mind doing our part, but why should we be punished when the rest of the world continues to pollute. We should try to convert more to natural gas, the cleanest fuel, vs. oil and coal, but this Paris agreement is totally unfair to Americans. I would not sign the agreement either.
Make states who challenged to pay
The action of the Texas attorney general in filing suit against Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, seeking to cancel the votes of millions of citizens, is a cynical misuse of public funds and distortion of our constitutional principles. More despicable are the actions of the 17 other states which joined Texas in this effort, which was rightfully slapped down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Incredibly, Georgia's U.S. senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, lent their support to the effort. Georgia voters should keep that at the front of their minds when they vote in the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs. The support of other senators, representatives, and state and local officials for this seditious action should be held to their accounts when they run for re-election.
As a Georgia citizen/taxpayer, I call upon my state to join with the three others whose votes were challenged to file lawsuits against Texas and the 17 other states seeking reimbursement of costs and punitive damages, including a proviso ensuring any punitive damages will have to be spent within those states beefing up their high school U.S. history and government classes, with particular emphasis on the Constitution.