Letters: I don’t like Trump’s leadership style, but there’s no denying the good he has done
Readers also ask if college athletes are exploited or privileged, if we put too much trust in USPS, and if we are lacking hope in today’s society.
The truth is finally being brought to light. We now know the FBI provided evidence to the outgoing president and vice president that they had found no Russian collusion. Despite this knowledge, the outgoing president told his supporters within the government to continue a false narrative and do what they could to derail the incoming president’s administration, a course which they vigorously pursued.
Despite all of the opposition, the accomplishments of President Trump are remarkable. To mention a few, he reduced corporate taxes which brought jobs back to the United States and provided employment for millions of Americans. He has renegotiated unfair trade agreements with several countries. He is working to curb the theft of intellectual properties. He’s trying to reduce the cost of medications. He has strengthened the military. He’s protecting religious freedoms. And there is so much more.
I, like so many others, do not like his style of leadership, but there is no denying the remarkable good that he is doing for our country.
College athletes are privileged, not exploited
How about we do away with scholarships altogether for these athletes who think they have it so bad? Why don’t we have them pay for their education, housing, meals, training room costs, coaching, travel, medical care and anything else that the universities are paying while they are student athletes?
Yes, universities make a lot of money on football and men’s basketball games. What about tennis? Golf? Track? Volleyball? Do we make all of these sports stand on their own and have those athletes pay their costs, as well? It’s a well-known fact that most universities rely on football and men’s basketball to fund their teams as well as all of the others. I’m sure those that are fortunate enough to become a professional athlete in their chosen sport would be willing to pay the universities back for the investment they made in them. Everyone else?
Some of the athletes think they’re being exploited, but I think they have it pretty good. If they don’t, they don’t have to accept the scholarship and can go do something else.
Salt Lake City
Are we putting too much confidence in the postal service?
My experience with the postal service? Mostly good. But years ago, I sent two Christmas packages to my son. He got neither of them. He lives in Aurora, Colorado, and there seems to be a real problem there. My daughter, who also lives in Aurora, often does not get her letters from me. I would guess at least 12 times I have sent cards that did not make it through. I no longer send their birthday cards in pretty little envelopes, but in large brown envelopes, and I don’t send cash, I send a check.
A few months ago, someone was caught stealing envelopes at the post office here in Moab. I thought maybe that was it, but the next card I sent to Colorado did not make it. I have had my kids complain to their post office, and so far nothing has helped. Am I the only one who has seen this happen?
Anyway, mail-in votes will not necessarily make this a fair and accurate election. It’s impossible for me to believe that voting cannot be achieved, even for the old and ill. Friends? Social services? Talk about voter suppression — trusting to the postal service is not going to alleviate that.
We need hope, now more than ever
Wikipedia defines hope as “an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.” The Bible speaks of hope a lot, as in 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Love is number one, but hope was in the big three.
At this time in our country, and for that matter, the world, we need hope — hope that this pandemic will soon be over, hope that the loss of life will be lessened, hope that our lives will regain some normalcy. The opposite of hope is despair. When you see what is going on in the world today, there is a big reason for despair. We need to have hope and focus on all the blessings we have. Just sit down and list all your blessings, and despair will be lessened. We will get through this.
Salt Lake City