Power of language

EDITOR: Words count. They can soothe or inflame, educate or hurt.

As parents we yearn for the first words our babies speak; that amazing moment when they convert feelings into language and expression. As they grow, we delight as their language skills expand and work with them to edit their bad words and to think before they talk as so to protect them from hurting others and damaging their own character.

One only wishes that our current president had similar training and could understood the power of language. He obviously missed, or purposefully rejected the safeguards of language civility. Language, like fists, when used indiscriminately or impulsively, cannot be taken back, it is out there forever.

I long for the day when we again have a president that we can admire, one that our children can look up and use as a model, a president that represents civility, grace and intellect and is, as all presidents should be, a spokesperson for the values that have made and will keep America great.

Wm. Clancy Thompson, Wilmington

Dems act like fascists

EDITOR: The Democrats warned us all of Fascism and Totalitarian actions that would occur under a Trump administration. Yet, it is the Democratic Party that mimics Fascism. Hitler and Mussolini had their thugs to disrupt opposition party meetings and rallies, and to beat people who disagreed with them. Now we have Antifa. We also have Maxine Waters spewing her hatred and urging confrontation. I know of no Democrat leader, (Pelosi, Schumer, Clinton or Obama) who have very vocally condemned these confrontations, bearings, and harassments.

Democrats and the press warned us that women, blacks, and gays would suffer under a Trump administration. Yet these are not the groups being denied services, it is individuals who do not adhere to a strict leftist agenda. God help America if the Democrats take both houses of Congress, and the White House in 2020. Then we can see Fascism in America.

Jonathan Alexander, Wilmington

Opioid meeting fell short

EDITOR: I am a mental-health counselor dealing with substance-abuse clients. I was therefore very interested in attending the opioid symposium last Monday. While there was some good information presented, I was very disappointed that I could not ask any questions of Rep. Rouzer.

Since this symposium was sponsored by our U.S. representative, I was hoping there would be some information about what Congress would be doing to help in the opioid crisis. Instead, the symposium was all about local initiatives. The symposium could have been put together locally. Since there was no information from Rep. Rouzer, it appears that putting his name on the symposium was only to further his campaign.

Fred Kuttner, Wilmington

Deja vu all over again?

EDITOR: Name the President whose time in office was filled with protests and violence across the nation. The same president that under threat of being put on trial for colluding with criminals in order to disrupt the elections across the country, called on his attorney general to halt the investigation of the case. This action was roundly criticized by his opponents, the press and members of his own party as presidential overreach that threatens the democracy he had been shown to regularly undermine.

Now if this scenario were listed to you during Jeopardy it would be unfair. Until today, the answer would be “who is Richard Nixon?” once the undisputed title holder of most disgraceful president in the past century. But as of Aug. 1st this same question applies to the new undisputed champion, Trump. As the old saying goes, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

In 1973 these actions forced Congress to push the president to resign or be removed. In 2018, does your elected representative have the courage to do the same?

James J. Hankins, Wilmington