Get over Trump’s approach
Donald Trump is not a cookie-cutter president. He is not the end product of a focus group or seasoned political handlers.
He breaks all our perceptions of how a president should act. He defies conventional wisdom in his approach to issues. He steps on toes. He’s brash. He mocks opponents. He exaggerates. Some people can handle this behavior. Others can’t.
Most of his supporters, other than those blindly chanting “lock her up,” base their support on his many accomplishments while in office, ignoring any personal shortcomings. Most of his detractors view those same accomplishments through a prism of hatred more vitriolic than any witnessed in my memory.
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They justify their outlandish comments and behavior as being responsive to his comments and behavior. They’re not. They’re based in animus and it’s over the top.
If America is to continue as the greatest functioning republic in history, we must calm the rhetoric and renew our commitment to the rule of law. Political disagreements are inevitable and healthy, but they can and should be civil. An agreeable personality may be a good criterion in your selection of friends; not in your selection of a president.
Jack Kratzer, Wichita
Soybeans and China
A recent letter misrepresented some data. It was stated that soybeans had lost “over 50 percent” of its value after China retaliated over President Trump’s imposed tariffs and sanctions on June 28. The announcement was March 22.
Prices held seasonally steady, losing about 10 percent until the June 12 crop report came out with expected acreages. After that, markets fell another 10 percent through June. This is a time when U.S. exports are slack because South America is in harvest mode and their exports are more attractive because they need those beans to leave the shores; they don’t have the storage space.
Most of the value loss in beans was due to speculator abandonment due to rebalancing their positions or trade fears along with plentiful supply and good growing conditions with no fundamental reason to get in the way of the exodus. Buyers are happily taking the beans at lower prices offered and sales are being made.
There’s no room to argue the policy here; at this point we just have to see how it plays out.
Dave Lane, Goddard
An investment in Americans
Yes to the Opinion Line writer who said that “Education is a bargain.”
The smartest effort we could make to raise Wichita and the nation to greatness would be to provide free head start training for children and parents; to place inspired, well paid, autonomous teachers and assistants in all public classrooms; to provide free college or technical training to all students who earned it with good grades.
I pass on an economics lesson: If the nation goes into debt by giving tax breaks to rich corporations, those corporations are apt to further deplete national wealth by doing one of two things: they bank the money here or abroad, or they move their businesses to foreign countries where they can avoid paying American wages and benefits to labor. Nation loses.
In contrast, if the nation goes into debt to send an intelligent person to graduate school to become, say, an engineer, that individual will join the pool of talented labor, paying taxes back to the nation over a lifetime, and participating in important national tasks such as designing new infrastructure to bring prosperity and security to us all. Nation wins.
To vote for national greatness, vote only for candidates who promise to invest in people.
Novelene Ross, Wichita
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