On a Sound Off:

“Re: ‘On what the president says (7/26)’: Yes. People often do take words out of context and read different meanings into them. The president told them to go back to their own countries and fix them and then come back here and help us (paraphrased). The issue is that in his ignorance he fails to realize that three of the four representatives are American-born and the fourth is a naturalized citizen who has been here since she was 12. They ARE in their own country and they ARE trying to fix it. They ran and were duly elected by the people they represent. With this knowledge maybe you should read it again. It is racist.”

“If a reader takes words out of context or reads something into them that bears no resemblance to the intended meaning, it could be that he has been watching Fox News for too long. Thomas Jefferson explained: ‘… he who permits himself to tell a lie often finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, til at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to the heart and in time depraves all its good dispositions.’ Trump is afflicted with the ‘falsehood of the tongue’ syndrome, and the condition is spreading to his supporters. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib were born American citizens. Minnesota’s Rep. Ilhan Omar was a child when her family escaped Somalia. Those women of color were elected to fix America’s most serious problem: racism.”

On President Trump:

“In my neighborhood, as a youth, my rude friends and I would try to hurt each other using words. It came from a Johnny Carson character named Timmy. We would ‘Taunt yer Timmy’ until you fought back or became inured to it. The man with the yellow hair is terribly petty, vindictive and that’s what he does. His attack on Elijah Cummings is deplorable. Yep, Hillary was right. He and his followers are victims. I’m not sure what slight they react to, but he has them eating out of his palm, like sad old white horses, except he is feeding them in the front and the hatred he spews is coming out the other end. Every time I think he has gone too far, he stoops lower. Pretty soon he’ll be tweeting from the hole he has dug. He just likes to fight. If we ignored him, he’d fade away.”

On a recent obituary:

“To the family of Shirley Mary Fisher, a delightful remembrance of her life and lessons learned and taught. This obituary made my day! She certainly must of been a grand old dame!!”

On the law banning declawing:

“Declawing is not ‘claw removal.’ It is amputation of the last toe digit, including bone, tendons, ligaments and nerves. That is 10 amputations for a ‘front declaw.’ Those are the toes a cat walks on, bears 60 percent of his weight on. The procedure leads to life long pain and disability. It also often leads to the cat being dumped for ‘behavior problems’ directly related to the lifelong pain and crippling. This is a great thing.”

On the closure and reopening of the Neahwa Park entrance:

“Nothing about lack of communication! Simply a completely irrational idea. How was this going to make the park safer? Fix the streets! Clean up Main Street! Quit burning brain cells on things that don’t need to be changed!”

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