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Letter: What Trump lacks

Letter: What Trump lacks


What you do and do not see is what you see and what there isn’t there to get.

In responding to a web-site question, “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” an articulate and witty English writer, Nate White, wrote of Trump appearing to Brits and masses of others to be a clanking and clattering pile of bare bones devoid of readily expected human qualities of flesh and fealty:

“A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace — all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.”

Sam Osborne


West Branch


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I would like to take a moment to address the voting record of Tony McCombie, the state representative for Illinois’ 71st district. On May 30, 2018, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, or SJRCA 4. This amendment states:

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On July 9th, Illinois Rep. Tony McCombie posted a Facebook status that was both tone-deaf and heartless in response to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision that strips workers’ rights to birth control based on the employer’s religious beliefs. She said: "You want choice… don’t work for the company that’s religious views don’t align with yours. Seems pretty simple to me[.]"

A letter to editor in the Wednesday July 22 is full of misinformation concerning police brutality towards racial minorities. What I found particularly offensive about Don Erbst's letter was the statement that most Black homicide victims are killed by other Black people. The implication being that if that is the case then what's the big deal about the police murdering a few more.

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I see in the published July 22 Davenport City Council minutes that a $30,000 payment was made to Melrose Pyrotechnics. Google tells me this entity is a fireworks display company in Kingsbury, Indiana.

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