These are the most-read letters from last week.
Don’t perpetuate mythology of Brown’s innocence
The July 21 front page photo showed a group of Denmark students receiving a briefing on the Michael Brown event from Dorian Johnson. What was said? More “Hands up. Don’t shoot.” mythology?
Who is going to tell the students that Michael Brown used his immense size and strength to strong-arm rob a convenience store of cigarillos as well as repeatedly and viciously use his size and strength to allegedly attack Officer Darren Wilson. Officer Wilson said he had to use his weapon to protect himself from Brown attacking him.
Tom Lawrence • Ballwin
Trump’s decisions should drive House to impeachment
If President Donald Trump truly believes that the mentally ill should not have access to military grade weapons, he would not have surreptitiously reversed President Barack Obama’s executive order that made it more difficult for the mentally ill to obtain them. He apparently pandered to his National Rifle Association base.
As a retired member of our military, I am all too familiar with the carnage these weapons can wreak, but Mr. Trump felt that the mentally ill needed more access to them. He can’t have it both ways. He frequently changes his mind on issues. He changes direction like a bear in a shooting gallery.
Trump’s rhetoric continues to marginalize many groups of Americans, denigrate our intelligence services and alienate our historic allies while he lavishes praise upon our enemies, some who are still trying to undermine our elections. The president took an oath of office to support and defend our Constitution and the rights of all Americans, not just those of the rich and his political base. I feel that his presidency is manipulated by the Machiavellian machinations of an unsound mind. Perhaps it’s time for the House of Representatives to show some courage and love of country and initiate impeachment inquiries.
Ed Olsen • Affton
Give it time. Trump could be as guilty as Capone.
Regarding “Mueller dismisses Trump’s claims of exoneration, ‘witch hunt’” (July 26): Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally spoke. True to his word, he did stick to his report. It allowed many people to hear the excerpts and explanations from the leader of the investigation. We see again that the Russians made massive attempts to influence the 2016 elections, and President Donald Trump and his campaign welcomed them with open arms, even though campaign operatives knew some of the information was obtained by illegal means.
We see that Mr. Trump’s denials and claims of fake news were distortions of the truth on his part. We see that Trump was not exonerated from collusion with the Russians. The report only concluded that there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal conspiracy at this time.
That is not that unusual. It took several years before authorities had enough evidence to charge and convict Al Capone. We also see that the investigation couldn’t exonerate Mr. Trump from obstruction of justice. In fact, Mr. Mueller testified that Mr. Trump’s written testimony was not only incomplete, but also misleading. And what did Mr. Trump say about all this? He termed it “a great day for me.” That is like Al Capone saying after the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, “a great day for me since I didn’t get charged with a crime.”
Glen Phillips • Pittsfield, Ill.
Trump won, Post-Dispatch, time to get over it
It is obvious to me Post-Dispatch editor Gilbert Bailon and Tod Robberson, editor of editorial page, are obsessed with doing all they can to discredit and unseat Donald Trump as president of the United States.
Every day, the newspaper seems to only publish negative stories or editorial comments that disparage President Trump. It has been said that Trump has lied over 10,000 times since he has been in office. I concede that he does embellish his facts at times, but so does the newspaper. Who counts all of the media lies or embellishments?
Regarding the editorial, “Putin’s Big Win” (July 28): The editorial board says that Russia tried and failed to alter vote outcomes in the election, and it admits that the meddling took place under Obama’s administration. Even more astounding is the editorial then chastises the Republicans.
The real truth is, Trump won in the Electoral College. He also ran a better campaign than Hillary Clinton did.
So my advice to Post-Dispatch editors and staff is to get over it. Trump is president. There are many positives that you could cite instead of promoting negatives. I truly believe that the media today are responsible for most of the division in this country because of agenda-driven reporting and editorializing for the agenda. The agenda being ”get Trump.”
D.R. Phillips • Eureka
Media should have spotted Stenger’s mercenary ways
Regarding “Feds say Stenger’s crass, mercenary behavior should earn him no break in prison time” (Aug. 3): The article suggests Mr. Steve Stenger made little attempt to hide his motives and lack of respect to the office he held. Prosecutors and government officials have to build evidence and cases. Which take time. Where was the media during this period of time? How could he get reelected under the watchful eye of the Fourth Estate? What would Mr. Pulitzer say?
Mark Skornia • Eureka
Cartoon disrespects crew of new USS St. Louis
Regarding the July 27 Postcard from Mound City: I am outraged at the cartoon's attempt at humor at the expense of the crew of the USS St. Louis (LCS-19) and of the City of St Louis.
Dedicated men and women of the U.S. Navy give their lives to serve our country, and you owe them and the citizens of St Louis an apology. Thirteen members of the USS St. Louis crew were in town recently to learn about their new ship’s namesake city and to give their time in community service. Everywhere we went they were thanked for their service, and the wonderful people of St. Louis opened up their hearts and wallets to show their gratitude.
The crew of the LCS-19 is made up of smart, educated, courageous and dedicated electrical engineers, technology specialists, search and rescue teams with advanced skills and knowledge along with their military training.
Barbara Broadhurst Taylor • Ladue
Sponsor, USS St. Louis (LCS-19)
Shocked at mass shootings, but not daily violence
Regarding the “24 hours of hell” headline (Aug. 5): Surely, similar shock has been registered across the country. We are shocked because mass shootings like these are relatively rare events. We are shocked also because they call into question our assumption that we are safe and secure, constantly and permanently, an assumption based on the false promises made to us by money, power, the government, the media, etc.
We Americans find the El Paso and Dayton deaths shocking. But in 2018, New York saw 289 homicides, Chicago over 230, and St. Louis 186. If we reel in shock at nine victims or 20 victims, why are we not shocked by 289 or 230?
We are upset by “24 hours of hell.” But most of the migrants in our concentration camps have fled from government or criminal violence that makes their lives and the lives of their children a constant and permanent hell. But when they come to the U.S., they are treated worse than prisoners of war because their entry would call into question the assumption that the U.S. is a white country. This assumption also accounts, I believe, for our relative indifference to the annual killing of hundreds of people of color.
Dan Sheerin • Kirkwood
What if foreign powers wanted Democrats to win?
Our intelligence agencies are saying there are some crazy things going on within our cyberspace. Now other countries, besides Russia, are going to try to get certain people elected in our country.
Our current members of Congress hide away and effectively say, Nothing to see here, move along.
Well, I’m not sure about anyone else, but this has me a little worried. Let’s just say that China and Iran try a little harder (than Russia) this time to get a Democrat elected, and succeed. What do we think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump would say and do then?
Social media and the internet are really getting out of control. The seeds being planted by our adversaries are truly coming to fruition. They’re successfully splitting this country right down the middle. Abe Lincoln is looking down upon us and shaking his head, with a tear rolling down his cheek.
Mike Edwards • Centralia, Ill.
Ferguson anniversary article not fair and balanced
Regarding “Ferguson diagnosed a national illness. But five years later, it hasn’t been cured” (July 21): To add to those letters commenting negatively on this front-page story, it could be said the Post-Dispatch never intended to provide a fair and balanced article. The tipoff is the fine print at the end of the article, describing the author, “Kevin McDermott is a member of the Post-Dispatch Editorial Board.” From the start, this article was intended to be a liberal-leaning, front-page editorial, not a fair and balanced report.
Stuart Clark • Bridgeton
Initiative might be the answer to our crime crisis
Headline after headline illustrates the heartbreaking story of violent crime in the St. Louis metro area. No one should feel unsafe in their community.
As the executive director of the St. Louis County Police Association and a veteran police officer, I am encouraged by Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s “Safer Streets” initiative. His unprecedented plan is giving law enforcement the tools needed to tackle our metastasizing violent crime problem.
This initiative is groundbreaking for Missouri, as well as for the rest of the country. Under this program, the assistant attorneys general in his office will be specially designated to work directly with the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Missouri to prosecute violent criminals.
The law enforcement community knows and trusts Schmitt. We believe in him as we all work together to make our communities safer.
Joe Patterson • Brentwood
Executive Director, St. Louis County Police Association