Sunday, February 25, 2018

Letters on Russian hacking, Thomas Sowell, dangerous mistakes

Jan. 7, 2017 at 11:51 p.m.

Hacking? No kidding

The headline: "U.S. intel chief: No doubt Russia interfered in election" (news story, Friday).

Surprising? Not to me. Donald Trump announced many times during the campaign that "The election is rigged." What he failed to say was rigged for whom. He repeated this so many times I began to think he was trying to let on without actually saying.

Trump has said so many times the CIA is unreliable and refused to listen to intelligence reports. He has used Wikileaks for information on Mrs. Clinton's e-mails during the presidential campaign even though Julian Assange's organization was under criminal investigation for leaking classified information.

There have been statements suggesting "cold war" and Russia's actions constituted an act of war. We sure don't want that. Too many nukes involved. But Trump holds fast to ideas of "warm" relations with Russia.

I don't mind saying in front of God and everybody that I have no confidence in this man, Trump.

As far as his statements about putting Mrs. Clinton in jail, I think it should be the other way around. How can Americans put their trust in a man who is unable to control either his temper or his mouth?

Iona Maricelli, Daingerfield

Sowell will be missed

I wish to thank you for selecting Thomas Sowell's column to appear in our paper.

Last week (I think), I copied his column and sent it to my three grandchildren as I have been doing for 20-plus years. They are all 40-plus years old now, in financial banking and teaching. His words of wisdom have made a difference in their lives.

It was a sad day for me to read your "So long" editorial (Opinion, Tuesday), but I appreciated it.

I know Thomas Sowell deserves his retirement but his words will be missed. Thank you.

Billie Embrey, Longview

Dangerous mistakes

In the news lately much has been made of the supposed hacking by Russia of the Democratic Party and what a threat that is. In fact, in several AP and Washington Post stories Russia was deemed an existential threat to the United States. Keep in mind with nuclear weapons we are also an existential threat to Russia and the rest of the world. In fact, every nuclear-armed state — U.S., Russia, China, England, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea — are all existential threats.

When the hydrogen bomb was tested on Jan. 7, 1953, and it was revealed we had the thermonuclear weapon a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, the world became a much more scary place.

I remember in the lead-up to the Iraq war, the CIA and the media started beating the war drums with the recurrent phrase, Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction. He didn't but we proceeded to spend trillions and blood of our military in fighting a war that was unnecessary and is not over yet but has morphed into something else, the never-ending war on terror, with ISIS, etc.

I hope we don't repeat the same mistake by listening to the CIA and the media and risk a war with Russia or Iran or both. Keep in mind this war can and will be much worse.

Jerry King, Longview



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