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Our national craziness is hard to understand

Editor, The Beacon:

I have been trying to understand the recent ongoing national craziness.

We have a president who lies several times a day. We have people who attend events where he speaks that are billed as campaign rallies. 

His rallies, tweets and pronouncements are always attacking the news (usually the truthful ones) and rambling on about his win in 2016.

He encourages hate and hostility in every room, which reminds me of what I believe happened in Rwanda, when one group was encouraged to destroy another group of people, and did.

Meanwhile, investigations creep along, always in danger of being shut down. 

The president is part of this Russian attack on our country. They definitely hit us by cyberattack, thus the investigation. 

We have no assurance from him that he will fight against it happening again.

At the same time, the president has his moneymaking schemes going — golf courses, hotels, products with his name on it, and no one seems to be able to stop him. 

Never mind how much money is taken from the public purse to pay for his schemes and where he goes.

In spite of all the evidence of a bad person in the president’s chair, his Republican cronies toddle along with him, repeating the lies. 

They and so many people walk behind him like zombies, rooting for his terrible, terrible pseudo plans for the United States population.

No matter how bad it is, they follow. We all saw his performance with Russian President Vlad in Helsinki.

What I don’t understand is how so many people who seem reasonable and kind, and profess Christian values, follow this hollow charlatan to the complete detriment of our democracy.

It seems the craziness will take us all down. There is the SAD.

Judith Southard



GOP likes their kind of activist judges

Editor, The Beacon:

I’m amazed at the duplicity of Rauschenberger and his originalists and strict constructionists who rail at Democratic attempts to make the Constitution a living, malleable instrument that reacts to and changes with the needs and wishes of its constituents. Unless it suits their wishes!

I do not remember the Constitution mentioning a corporation being considered as one person — a conclusion reached by a majority of the nonactivist, GOP “Supremes.”

I do not remember the Constitution even mentioning unlimited monetary contributions to political parties — as interpreted by the majority of the nonactivist, GOP judges.

I do not remember the Constitution mentioning the state’s ability to arbitrarily impose voting restrictions to exclude possible opposition — as interpreted by the majority of the nonactivist, GOP judges.

I do not remember the Constitution mentioning the dues of union members — as interpreted by the majority of the nonactivist, GOP judges.

I do not remember the Constitution giving the president power to arbitrarily ban certain immigrants from entering the U.S. — as interpreted by the majority of the nonactivist, GOP judges.

I do not remember the Constitution commanding “one-on-one” arbitration of grievances instead of union representation — as interpreted by the majority of the nonactivist, GOP judges. 

In this last case, the majority of the nonactivist, GOP judges ruled the 1972 decision was “outdated and unfair.”

All of these rulings favored the GOP. In each case, the GOP howled with glee. In each case, the GOP majority on the Supreme Court was making new law or not acceding to “stare decisis” (abiding by “settled law”).

In other words, the majority were “activist” judges. 

It seems apparent that Rauschenberger and the GOP dislike activist judges only when their rulings do not favor the GOP or its fellow travelers.

These nonactivist GOP judges do, indeed, see the Constitution as a living, malleable instrument able to be changed, only to aid some of the GOP’s constituents. 

Perhaps “Kavanaugh will protect Constitution from [these] activist judges.”

Julius C. Bennett



Climate change not just a left-wing issue

Editor, The Beacon:

While I always enjoy reading Mr. Rauschenberger’s opinions, I respectfully disagree that climate change is a far-left concern that deserves to stay on the back burner.

I’m neither a bleeding-heart liberal or hard-right conservative, and I don’t feel the issue should be politicized.

I’ve seen numerous times where 97 percent of scientists agree that man-made climate change is real, and it’s kind of hard to get 97 out of 100 people to agree on anything. 

Plus, the worldwide record heat and extreme weather events of the past few years don’t lie. If man-made global warming isn’t the cause, then what is?

As I sit typing this letter in my sweat-stained T-shirt with my tireless AC huffing and puffing in the background to keep it a tolerable 79 degrees, I realize this is Florida in the summertime — and it’s hot.

But I’d hate to see the continuous extreme weather events including record heat, droughts, floods and deadly wildfires become the norm.

The talking point of the far right used to be that climate change wasn’t happening; now it’s that it probably is happening, but warming isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

I think it is a bad thing; it’s hot enough already. If it can be prevented, then we have an obligation to do so.

I feel that doing nothing about man-made climate change is a radical, not conservative, viewpoint, and conserving what’s left of our green spaces and minimizing the long-term effects is something that will benefit us all, and our children’s future.

Mark Smiley



Suffering from TDS

Editor, The Beacon:

Feeling poorly these days.

I may be coming down with Trump Derangement Syndrome. TDS is a mental condition whereby a person has been driven insane due to their dislike of Donald Trump, to the point at which they abandon all logic and reason. Here’s what’s happening.

I cringe when the EPA rolls back protections for our water supply and the air we breathe. 

Even our national parks and endangered species are at risk. 


I can’t sleep when it appears the leader of the free world would like it better if it wasn’t quite so free. He admires strong, decidedly undemocratic leaders like Kim Jong Un, Duterte, Putin and Erdogan. I find that scary.

I’m a little uncomfortable that the president thinks it’s OK to grab women, call them names and cheat on them. Strong, empowered women seem to make him uneasy.

I don’t see brown people as a danger to our economy, our culture, our security and safety, and I think a wall is sort of un-American. 

That’s not logical, right?

Beyond all reason, I squirm when the president publicly disses the FBI, CIA, NATO, NFL players, the press, John McCain, Puerto Rico and too many more to list.

I’m more than disturbed that our president has uttered 3,251 fact-checked false or misleading statements since taking office, an average of six a day. Pathological lying makes me nervous.

I shudder when I remember what happens when a charismatic leader goads the masses into replacing truth, empathy, compassion, tolerance and kindness with lies, hate, demonizing, shaming and bullying.

I realize a lot of folks are immune to TDS. A whopping 80 percent of Republicans approve of how the president operates.

Me? I don’t feel so good.

Carolyn Kieler



Urges Rauschenberger to stay on the high road

Editor, The Beacon:

Mr. Rauschenberger’s July 19-22 column was unusual! 

The Dems weren’t labeled “lefties,” and Mr. Obama wasn’t slammed to the hilt.

I had to reread to be really sure. Totally amazing!

Now, let it be clear, I disagreed 100 percent with the content. 

But, I felt convinced another contributor, Linda Dorian, had been a factor. She takes the “high road.”

Mr. Rauschenberger, continue on this same road.

Kate Ruhlman


America should protect parents and their children

Editor, The Beacon:

Motherhood is not about giving birth, a minuscule but painful experience. It is about raising that life to adulthood and nurturing and mothering that life for a lifetime. It takes a village to do the nurturing.

Taking a child from its mother or father seeking protection and freedom by crossing a border is a failure of the village.

Shame on America. Shame on every congressman and legislator for not standing up in unison to protect mothers, fathers and children.

The Beacon’s Opinions and editorial pages for July 5-8 were enlightening. Thank you.

Pat Gadbaw

Port Orange