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Newsom dinner party
wrong on may levels
When I read that Gov. Newsom was one of a party of 12 celebrating his advisor’s birthday at The French Laundry restaurant (“Newsom issues mea culpa on dinner party,” Nov. 14), one of the most expensive in the country, I became curious to see what the meals cost there.
The cost is $350 per person for a meal. Wine is not included. A glass of white wine is about $35 and red about $45. Bottles are available and they run in the hundreds of dollars. The corking fee is $150 per bottle.
Not only did Newsom violate the virus restrictions, but he set a poor example in partaking in this party when so many people are unemployed and waiting in food lines. Shame on you Gov. Newsom.
Lesson in manners
for the president
The president of the United States could learn a lesson from our grandson.
When we play a game and I win, he says, “You won, Nana!” It’s pathetic when a four-year-old has better manners than the man in the White House.
GOP must stand up
to president’s bullying
When will congressional Republicans refute the president’s claim that the election was fraudulent and censure his irrational behavior? It seems the Republicans are ignoring the threat to democracy and acting more like banana republic sycophants protecting themselves. It’s so shortsighted and cowardly.
The president, armed with tweets, has attacked anyone who dares to disagree, and Republican officeholders cower at his cyberbullying.
Unfortunately, it’s not like school where you could report this to a counselor or principal and the perpetrator would be punished, possibly expelled. No, here the principal is the cyberbully — the President of the United States, who continues to embarrass our country and egregiously cross lines of public decency and responsible behavior. And when the voters have expelled him, he refuses to go, and, for fear of retribution, Republican legislators refuse to intervene.
We need bravery in the face of bullying and we need it now.
Congress must assert
authority to prevent war
A potential U.S. military strike on Iran’s nuclear site? Really? In the midst of a global pandemic?
It is comforting to know that the president’s advisers thought it was a bad idea. (“Trump sought options for attacking Iran,” Nov. 18)
I hope and pray that calm heads prevail to prevent our current president from initiating military action on his way out the door. This is an excellent time for our members of Congress to take very seriously their job of decision-making on war, to do whatever is possible to keep us out of a nuclear war with Iran.
We’ve seen the Trump
In Kenneth C. Davis’ “Strongman, The Rise of Five Dictators,” Davis cites the work of several political scientists who warn about the dangers of populists who win elections and often assault democratic principles in the process.
He lists four warning signs:
- Rejection of the democratic rules of the game.
- Denial of the legitimacy of political opponents.
- Toleration of encouragement of violence.
- Readiness to curtail civil liberties of opponents including media.
So far, Trump is four for four. The election was rigged? Let’s not be fooled now and in 2024.
Muslims speak out
against recent violence
This Muslim-American belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community wholeheartedly denounces the recent spiral of violence in Europe over the degrading caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
From his own actions, the Prophet taught levelheadedness and restraint in the face of abuse.I also believe that it is undignified for civilized nations to defame the holy founder of anyone’s faith. I am envious of our Canadian neighbors, whose Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the wake of the cartoon controversy, clarified that “we owe it to ourselves to act with respect for others and to seek not to arbitrarily or unnecessarily injure those with whom we are sharing a society and a planet.”
For our part, Ahmadi Muslims will continue to speak out against any type of violent response and to educate fellow citizens about the pristine teachings of the Prophet, who misguided individuals have so unfairly mocked.