These are the most-read letters from last week.
To Trump's evangelical fans: good riddance
To all of the evangelicals who support President Donald Trump: When you ascend to heaven, as you so richly deserve, and the rapture you so eagerly await is in full swing, take a moment to notice the poor souls you’ve left behind, say a goodbye and don’t let the atmosphere hit you on your way out.
Jim Arnitz • St. Louis
State must ban hunting feral hogs to solve problem
Feral hogs have been ruining crops, parks and many other essential parts of the environment. These animals were originally brought to North America for livestock, but a great deal of them escaped enclosures, were released for hunting, or were abandoned. One female pig can begin reproducing at six months old and have an average of 12 piglets. Rapid reproduction allowed them to swiftly take over the continent. Pigs will eat virtually everything in their path, leaving only piles of dirt and dead plants. Their rampage has almost completely destroyed some endangered species, habitats and the Missouri countryside.
While hunting seems like a great way to get rid of large numbers of hogs at a time, it has actually been seen to actually increase the number of hogs in the area. Legal hog hunting results in a larger number of hunters, and some individuals illegally release more hogs to establish hunting opportunities, defeating the purpose entirely. Tennessee experienced only a reduction in hog population once they made hunting illegal.
Mark Twain National Forest is one of the largest areas affected by these hogs, and Sherri Schwenke, forest supervisor at Mark Twain, is pushing to get hunting banned. The legislation is currently in the works to ban hog hunting, which is truly the only way to solve the problem. Because the Mark Twain National Forest covers so much land, the only way to get total prevention of the problem is to work on it at the state level.
Riley Weber • Wentzville
Trump isn't acting mentally unstable; he is unstable
Regarding “Hawley, GOP are failing to uphold oath to Constitution” (Sept.23): Letter writer Francine Buerke stated President Donald Trump “is acting mentally unstable.” Unfortunately, that’s not an act. I believe the president is, in fact, mentally unstable. While I feel sorry for anyone with that condition, he definitely should not be the leader of the greatest country in the world. Remember that when voting in 2020.
Millie Johanningmeier • Overland
Trump is reason Republicans have lost their principles
Regarding “What, exactly, does today’s Republican Party stand for?” (Sept. 22): Columnist Kevin McDermott is not pleased with the absence of principle in our Republican Party. A fish stinks from the head.
The Republican leader is a vain, vulgar, con man and adulterer. He is wholly bereft of virtue. So is the Republican platform. Governing by fear and division does not make us happier, healthier or more productive.
Totally unrelated, I would like to note I am blind. The gratitude of all blind and low-vision people belongs to the publisher, editors, advertisers and subscribers of the Post-Dispatch. Most of every issue is available via telephone through the National Federation of the Blind (nfbnewslineonline.org).
D.J. Neyhart • Berkeley, Calif.
Editorial page opinion has crept into front page
I am 76 years old and for the last 40 years have subscribed to my home town newspaper wherever I was living at the time. Most of the time, my home town paper has been the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I long ago realized that the Post-Dispatch was a politically liberal paper.
I concluded that I could live with that irritation, so that I could keep up with the local news. But your newspaper has gradually and steadily become more political and included less and less regular news. I believe the editorial page’s general message is: Republicans are bad and Democrats are good. Now it seems the front page also makes this point on an almost daily basis. How much more can the typical subscriber stand without giving up and canceling their subscription?
J.R. Moore • Villa Ridge
The Trump straw that finally broke the camel’s back
This is the straw. That famous backbreaking straw. A whistleblower has risked his or her career and livelihood to report a major concern regarding President Donald Trump’s communication with a foreign leader. The full and complete complaint was to be delivered to Congress Wednesday. Americans await the appropriate action. To manipulate the system (again) and bury this complaint is a slap in the face to all citizens as well as the brave whistleblower.
Mary Weis • St. Charles
Loyal Democrat rejects party’s move to the far left
Regarding “Arguments over electability are an annoying diversion” (Sept. 17): Columnist Leonard Pitts refers to debate over whether Democratic candidates for president are moving “too far to the left,” and asks, “for whom?”
Well, me for one. I’ve voted mostly for Democrats since the mid 1970s. I voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, and (somewhat reluctantly) for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Although I accept him as our president, I don’t like Donald Trump, as he does not exhibit basic qualities of humility and human compassion necessary for the great leadership that America deserves. I won’t vote for Trump in 2020. But, so far I can’t find a viable Democratic candidate for president who I can vote for, either.
This is because the Democrats have moved so far to the left in their race to become “progressive,” they have left me unapologetically in the dust. I find repulsive their newly acquired extremist positions concerning abortion at any time and gender reassignment paid by taxpayers. Democrats seem to have disdain for law enforcement both in our cities and at our borders. They are willing to reject our largely capitalist economy and embrace socialism to solve problems of climate change and health care.
I want a president who respects human life and religious freedoms, is serious about world peace and the environment, and who does not embrace failed socialist policies.
Charles Guenther • Ladue
Whistleblower complaint is a suspicious ‘hit job’
Regarding “Read it yourself: Redacted whistleblower complaint says Trump abused power” (Sept. 27): I just finished reading the whistleblower complaint concerning President Donald Trump interfering with the 2020 election vis-à-vis the Ukrainian government. While I cannot say I followed all the twists and turns of the document upon only a first reading, I was left with the overall impression of what a well-orchestrated hit job this was against the president.
This was no Oh, I overheard or saw something I think I need to report complaint. It was, rather, an in-depth document composed over a long period of time based on the collective input from multiple sources. It immediately raises my suspicion regarding the origin of the complaint as one more attempt by a deranged group of Democrats who will stop at nothing to appease their irrational hate of Trump.
Larry Buschman • Warren County
Give city employees a free stake in community
Regarding “Aldermen reject move to end residency requirement for St. Louis workers” (Sept. 14): The idea of allowing city employees to live outside the city is shortsighted and shows lack of faith in the St. Louis area. It will create a new generation of city employees who won’t know anything about the neighborhoods and residents. They will not understand the city’s challenges and how to correct these problems.
One solution might be to give the employee a house from the city land bank in an area that’s ripe for redevelopment. Make it close to a transit line, so the employee won’t need a car. Take said house, and bring it up to code. The future employee can paint and refinish as needed. Furniture is on them. This would give them a stake in the community.
Police officers should know the areas they patrol. It would go a long way for public and police relations if they were seen as a neighbor. Having a neighbor who works for the government could benefit you when you need help.
Rehabilitating older homes, instead of bulldozing them, could also help with Mayor Lyda Krewson’s goal of reducing the dilapidated housing stock. This would be something no other municipality could offer. It should be on the table.
Charles Winingham • Alton
Making everyone buy tickets would help Metro safety
Regarding “Making MetroLink safer is goal of Bi-State refinancing plan to provide $20 million” (July 18): Instead of the “New Public Safety Team,” MetroLink should ask paying passengers as to how to enhance security. Certainly, just making the security personnel friendlier would not solve the problems.
Has Bi-State’s president and chief executive, Taulby Roach, ever ridden the trains on a daily basis? If so, he would not need a safety team to turn to for suggestions.
Perhaps the two cars on each train could be designated for two different types of passengers. The first car should be only for paying passengers who obey the rules. The second car should be for passengers who break the rules and often board trains in groups. Since these individuals ignore the rules recited constantly by the drivers, certainly the rule prohibiting concealed weapons is being ignored as well.
The commonsense solution is that no one should be allowed on the platform without a ticket. Install tall revolving barriers that allow entrance to the platform only after a ticket is purchased. Why don’t security personnel check tickets before passengers walk onto the platform?
In the past, I have enlisted help by texting Metro Public Safety, requesting security personnel on a train. As soon as the problem passengers see the security individual approach the train, they exit the train.
Recently, I had the worst ride ever on MetroLink. Fear exists and rules are broken daily. It is only a matter of time before more people are seriously injured.
Diane George • Swansea