Give him a Chance

In reply to Mr. Pruitt from Port Orford: (Pilot, July 29): Wake up Mr. Pruitt, Hillary Clinton did nothing in the years past or even present, except fool the American people with her dishonesty and lies — even to the point she put our country in danger with emails.

Now, in regard to winning the 2016 presidential election by popular vote instead of electorial people vote: The American people chose a president who speaks for the people and what they need and want to make America great Again.

Give him a chance.

Popularity doesn’t cut it.

V. Cunha


Inconvenient truths

Al Gore uses more energy at his house — one of three — than 30-plus families, with only 6 percent renewable energy, preaching to us that we line-dry our laundry to combat climate change.

Bernie Sanders, socialist icon, parlayed his presidential run into a third house, apparently wanting to redistribute your wealth, not his.

Democrats declare Republicans intolerant, deplorable, irredeemable fascists while shutting down divergent opinions through disrupting — by any and all means, including violence — conservative speech and disallowing even discussion of differing ideas and opinions. Democrats increasingly boycott, demand firing, and harass those who support, with words and/or donations, causes, candidates, and measures they oppose.

Democrats want everyone to believe them champions of Civil Rights, while they were against the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, the 14th Amendment granting “due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens,” the 15th Amendment giving blacks the right to vote (not one voted for this), and the 19th Amendment establishing Women’s Voting Rights. With virtually no Democratic support, Republicans passed the 1960s Civil Rights legislation, working with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Republicans also passed successful welfare reform and balanced federal budget acts in the 1990s, working with President Clinton.

Republicans believe, as President Reagan said, “A rising tide lifts all boats,” encouraging and providing the tools for all to succeed.

Democrats continue failed paternalistic policies trapping minorities and the poor in place, albeit a bit more comfortably, and keeping them beholden to Democrats, at everyone else’s expense.

Dianne Daniels

Gold Beach

Christmas tree Dream

I would like to thank all who decided to put the flower baskets all over Chetco Avenue.

It reminds me of my hometown — Coburg, Germany — which I visited in 1960. There were beautiful flower baskets in windowsills, and hanging from posts all over town there.

I am proud of the wedding of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria in 1840. The first Christmas tree Prince Albert brought to England was from forests surrounding Coburg. Every Christmas, he would have the trees sent to England. The trees had white lights and very few decorations.

The queen, Prince Albert, their nine children and their servants would celebrate Christmas and sing Silent Night in German around the tree.

Christmas trees eventually became the tradition all over the world. In 1818, “Silent Night” was sung for the first time in a church in Oberdorf, Austria.

It is my dream that someday, the city of Brookings will have a Christmas tree like the ones we had in Coburg — a tall tree with white lights and very few decorations. The community can gather around and sing Silent Night and other carols in English and in German.

Heidi Heikkila


Check has bounced

Scott: You have been a superb editor.

Thank you for your wisdom and light heartedness.

A quote from celebrated historian Jon Meacham (Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Last Word” July 28): “The Republican party has sold its soul to Donald Trump. The check has bounced!”

Kay Atwell