February 26, 2021

INFRMER

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Letters: No merit | Accountability | Biased enforcement | Late change of heart | No middle ground | The wrong wall

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Trump challenges lost
over a lack of merit

It is not about legal remedies [regarding John Haggerty’s Letter “President within rights to question irregularities,” Page A12, Jan. 10 ]. Nobody is begrudging anyone’s right to seek legal remedies. I am sure the letter writer recalls President Trump’s statements such as If I lose then the election was rigged, and if I lose there will be lots of trouble because the military, police and all the tough people are with me.

It is not true that the lawsuits were thrown out on procedural grounds; many of these cases were litigated and dismissed for lack of merit. In the Texas case, Justice Alito wrote, “I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief.”

Laith naaman
Cupertino

We must hold
all accountable

The Jan. 8 Mercury News editorial “Trump is unfit, no good ways to remove him,” Page A8, seems to reinforce the fallacy of “let’s give him a break” that our country has held for too many years: the bias for white men who are criminals.

Just as the Capitol police believed the white insurgents would be good boys and failed to protect our Capitol and our representatives; just as they ensured enormous resources to protect that same building from Black Lives Matter protesters; just as we protect politicians who violate their oath to the Constitution, we will fail yet again to bring accountability for the White rulers of our country. That accountability begins at the top – and extends throughout our country.

We must start to call out accountability for all, including, and especially, ourselves.

Marieann Shovlin
Cupertino

Biased law enforcement
threatens civil order

I read, and am disturbed by, your editorial regarding double standards at last Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol (“Capitol security response reveals double standard,” Page A12, Jan. 10). You are right that the law must be enforced regardless of race, religion or political viewpoint.

It’s disturbing to see selective enforcement of restoring order, something we’ve seen televised last year up until Wednesday.

The purpose of maintaining order is not to promote a particular political viewpoint but to protect the weak, those not armed against the moment of attack. The weak rely upon law enforcement. When it’s imposed unevenly or isn’t timely (see the Jan. 9, front-page story, “Police repeatedly fail response time goals”), biased or tardy police assistance corrodes faith in civil order and leads some to mistakenly “take the law into their own hands ”.

Without order, society will descend into war. Without ordered liberty, the United States we know will soon cease to exist.

Shellie garrett
Daly city

Columnist’s change
of heart comes too late

In regard to Marc Thiessen’s Sunday column (“Trump has blood on his hands after inciting the mob,” Page A13, Jan. 10), he is a bloody hypocrite.

Thiessen has been a regular writer of columns backing up all President Trump’s lies and conspiracy theories. In this respect, he has encouraged the people who have done Trump’s dirty work, culminating with the invasion of the Capitol that resulted in five deaths and made us look like a country from a Woody Allen movie. Only now that Trump’s evil is undeniable does he finally get on board with the truth about this man.

Thiessen should not be allowed to submit any future columns in any paper. The only trouble with freedom of speech is that it allows people like Thiessen and Trump and his supporters to spew lies that eventually lead to what we saw at the Capitol. His columns are part of the problem.

Steve ortiz
Redwood city

Lack of political
middle hurts nation

The recent violence in Washington has caused Democrats to intensify claims that our democracy is in danger of succumbing to fascism. Conservatives are more afraid of progressive populism leading to communistic equality by a dictatorship of the majority.

Possibly worse than either is the current two party dictatorship which creates an oscillation between the two extremes by leaving no room for choice of a middle path.

Fred gutmann
Cupertino

Only wall Trump has
built is around Capitol

Donald Trump began his presidency promising to build a wall – across the southern border, to keep would-be immigrants from entering this country.


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