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Letters to the Editor

Deep state

Re: The recent article titled "Is there really a 'deep state'?" (The Daily News, Feb. 4): My answer is an unequivocal yes! Our Constitution established three branches of government to act as checks and balances against each other. Now we have the three; executive, legislative and judicial. However we also now have the bureaucratic branch making more laws and rules than the other three combined. Behind this branch is a very few, very powerful, very behind the scenes people who are the "deep state,"or "shadow government" or "insiders" as some call them. They are now much more aggressive because an "outsider" has become president of the U.S.

I recall when Ronald Reagan became president that the "insiders" declared publicly, "Never again will we let and 'outsider' become POTUS." At that time in history, the POTUS was the second most powerful person in the world — and the most powerful, the chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank. Which is not federal, not a bank, and has no reserves other than the printing press.

Now that an "outsider" is in power, they are openly opposing everything he tries to accomplish. And the previous president, at the behest of the "insiders," is orchestrating the opposition. I am truly amazed that President Trump can stand up to such withering, unfounded, mean-spirited denunciations, with some statements out and out lies.

Paul M. Shannon


Past actions

President Trump said he would probably go into the Parkland school with or without a gun. If history indicates future behavior, Trump would not help a soul. He had opportunities to show who he was. He got out of the draft by having four educational deferments and a deferment for an undocumented bone spur.

Last year, the Daily Beast quoted this passage from Trump when an elderly man fell off a stage at Mar-A-Logo and landed in front of him:

“So what happens is, this guy falls off right on his face, hits his head, and I thought he died. And you know what I did? I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s disgusting,’ and I turned away,” said Trump. “I couldn’t, you know, he was right in front of me and I turned away. I didn’t want to touch him… he’s bleeding all over the place, I felt terrible. You know, beautiful marble floor, didn’t look like it. It changed color.”

Trump is a draft dodger, a liar, a communist sympathizer and a coward.

Jerry Elliott

Castle Rock

Ready market

The proposed methanol refinery is communist China operated/owned. A Reuters December 2017 release from Beijing quotes government officials' plans to boost their auto/marine industry, fuel transportation economy, and plastic production in small part. Locating it here endangers our public safety and environment.

Tacoma nixed the Chinese plan because of the environmental impact. Check the Tacoma News Tribune. Empower your knowledge about this disastrous proposal in our communities.

One question: Why doesn't Canada, with its burgeoning market for fracked gas, locate the methanol facility on their shores? Shipping the product directly to the ready Chinese-government market eliminates the middleman, us. It is simple economic sense. We should save risk and pollution to our air, water, and soil. Don't foot the bill for subsidies and tax breaks for China.

We're being hood-winked with alleged job creation and tax-base benefits. Check the facts. They are negligible. Look at the profits to Canada and China. We get left holding the waste and foreign entities reap the profits.

Halden Ritz

Scappoose, Oregon


Might there be a connection between kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classroom violent behavior and being a target of bullying, domestic violence, and angry adolescent boys with semi-automatic rifles exercising payback in public schools?

School administrators, teachers, and boards are being challenged with this pending potential anywhere anytime. Tighter gun control, bump stocks, and 30 round magazines will only be a band-aid to a looming vapor of violence. "They expect us to shepherd these kids, when they're being raised by wolves," J.D. Vance from "Hillbilly Elegy."

Me thinks the invitation of the Prince of Peace, Lord Jesus Christ needs to be refreshed across the American home.

Monty Gorley

Castle Rock