From our readers: Allegations against Biden regarding Russia are questionable
Readers also discuss a proposed rule change from the Bureau of Land Management, the importance of wearing masks and why we should protect immigrant youth.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has been looking to make public an interim report about Joe and Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine. It’s suspected such disclosure is intended to malign both Bidens concerning their Ukraine dealings as part of a September dirty tricks preelection bogus ploy.
Never mind previous such attempts have proven fruitless alleging Biden’s part in firing Ukrainian prosecutor Victor Shokin was a devious scheme to quash a criminal investigation of Barista, a Ukrainian energy company, with Hunter sitting on the board of directors. Investigation determined Shokin was dishonest and likely on the take in turn for discouraging investigating corruption of all kinds, including any alleged wrongdoing by Barista.
Now it has been reported by National Counterintelligence and Security Center director William Evanina that “Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former vice president Biden.” Further, “Pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption — including through publicizing leaked phone calls — to undermine” Biden.
The Russian-inspired disinformation is being leaked to Johnson and his fellow schemers. Their report should be taken with a grain of salt. Russia’s at it again, this time assisted by Senate Republicans.
Proposed Bureau of Land Management changes could be costly
With all of the public’s attention on the COVID-19 pandemic, protests and public schools opening, there are other issues of great concern that are now occurring without much notice — and maybe that’s exactly what is wanted by some.
One such issue is the proposed rule changes by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (now totally controlled by the Trump administration) to help increase so-called vegetative treatments over millions of acres of Western public lands without further public engagement or scientific review. These treatments, all justified under the guises of wildlife habitat enhancement or watershed improvement, are nothing more than attempts to increase forage for domestic livestock — which, according to sound science, produce mixed results at best and often do more harm than good. In fact, these treatments ought to be called “vegetative removals,” since such methods of using huge chains dragged between bulldozers or special masticating machines to crush and pulverize ancient pinyon pine, juniper and sagebrush plant communities, do nothing but disrupt or destroy ecosystems that took centuries to naturally evolve.
The Bureau of Land Management should halt these activities until proper oversight, transparency and a scientific framework for assessment and review can be implemented.
In health there is freedom
Let’s wear face masks and social distance to assure that our fellow citizens have healthy air to breathe. As Henri Frederic Amiel has said: “In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.”
Hales Corners, Wis.
Immigrant children should be protected
Our country has a long history of mistreating and marginalizing immigrant communities, and considering the recent counterattacks made on immigrant youth by the president following the Supreme Court’s ruling in support of DACA, the issue could not be more timely.
The immigration system, as it currently exists, is broken. It separates families, destroys relationships, trivializes trauma and deepens inequality. While all of these problems cannot be completely solved with one piece of legislation, I am calling on Mitt Romney and Mike Lee to do their part in lessening the burden on immigrant youth by supporting H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act. After all, until legislation supports our youth, they will have nowhere to look in this country they call home for permanent protection.
After being passed by the House of Representatives, the Dream and Promise Act has been overwhelmingly publicly supported by faith leaders, business owners and individuals locally and nationally. The time is now to make this act a priority and refuse to relent until it has become law. Let it be done in the name of goodness, grace, justice and morality.