Both sides need to seek the truth
With the advent of cable news and talk radio, we now have many news sources. There is pro-Trump media, anti-Trump media and the truth.
It is often obvious which news source the authors of letters to the editor and Vents & Views listen to or watch. Consumers of pro-Trump media see President Donald Trump as someone who is doing a great job but being unfairly victimized by the evil left, while consumers of anti-Trump media see Trump as a feckless, lawless president who is abusing his office and destroying America’s standing in the world, as the right looks the other way.
Neither side will listen to the other, believing each is just repeating the talking points of its respective side. The only way to heal this divide is to find the truth.
Some sources lean left, while some lean right. If your source is leaning, it is providing opinions rather than facts, since facts don’t lean. A few neutral news sources include the Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg and ABC News. Check a few out.
Most of us are good people just trying to make a living and do what is good for our families. We need to come together by seeking the truth.
Deborah A. Cheeseman
Kim also came to America the ’right way’
She has only just announced her candidacy for the House of Representatives, and already Kate Gibbs is showing her intent to toe the line with President Donald Trump’s heartless and deadly immigration stance.
In her announcement video, Gibbs brags that her family immigrated “the right way” — conveniently leaving out that 100-plus years ago when her family came, the “right way” simply meant you could afford a boat trip to America.
You know who else came “the right way”? Congressman Andy Kim’s parents. Kim and his family know from personal experience what immigration to the United States means today. It’s not so easy anymore, and “the right way” has become impossible for many. Kim’s parents, a scientist and a nurse, have seen the immigration system up close and successfully navigated it to give their children a better life and brighter future.
Back in 2018, Congressman Tom MacArthur sent out ugly, racist mailers combining dead fish heads, cartoonish Oriental fonts, Kim’s picture and the slogan, “He’s not one of us!” With her first ad aligning herself with the xenophobic and inhumane Trump immigration policies, Gibbs has signaled her intent to pick up where the GOP left off — not-so-subtle racism on display.
I prefer to allow Congressman Andy Kim — who has repeatedly shown integrity, whose family knows firsthand the current difficulties of modern immigration, and who is trained in national security — to make decisions regarding immigration policy that will both strengthen our borders and treat people humanely.
All bullying is cowardly, but cyberbullying is worst
In reference to Reality writer Mary Kate O’Donnell’s story, “Speaking up against bullying” (Nov. 15):
Congratulations. You discovered that you were so much stronger than you knew. Just think, it took the cowardly and ugly act of bullying to bring it to the surface.
Hopefully, the culprits have learned a valuable lesson also, and will find a healthy way to make themselves feel better, and vow never to hurt anyone again.
All bullying is cowardly, but cyberbullying is the most damaging, since the culprits remain anonymous, while the victims’ lives are torn apart.
Kim reaches out to all of his constituents
We are very fortunate to have Congressman Andy Kim as our Third District representative.
Unlike his last two predecessors, whether you agree with Kim or not, he is willing to listen, engage in meaningful debate, and provide intelligent feedback on how he made his decisions.
Unlike his predecessor, he reaches out to all of his constituents, having conducted monthly open-to-the-public town halls. He doesn’t grandstand; you rarely, if ever, see him on the cable talk shows.
Instead, Kim spends his time in face-to-face dialogues in the district. His staff is courteous and responsive, too (unlike that of his predecessor). A real representative like this comes along once in a generation, and he deserves our support.