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Reader Opinion: Opportunity, not opportunists

A remote Kenyan tribe called the Masai learned about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and were horrified by its brutality. They heard from a Masai member, who was studying at Stanford University and was visiting Manhattan on the day of th...

A remote Kenyan tribe called the Masai learned about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and were horrified by its brutality. They heard from a Masai member, who was studying at Stanford University and was visiting Manhattan on the day of the attacks, on his return to Africa. The Masai felt compelled to make a gesture of compassion to our country during this difficult time. The Masai gave 14 head of cattle to William Brencick, the deputy chief of mission of the United States Embassy in Nairobi with the banner, "To the people of America, we give these cows to help you."

Trump has bragged ad nauseum on his capacity for world leadership but what he's delivered is insults to many European countries, Australia, Canada, Mexico and now this sweeping generalization characterizing countries on a par with outhouses. Nothing negative about Russia though.

Not only is the Trump gang reaching in our domestic pocket to line his own pocket, he's proving his promise of leadership was a sad joke by cutting $1.1 billion on HIV-treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa, a Bush foreign aid success story. The consequences of this decision is an estimated 1 million deaths. This subverts our nation's credibility in working with developing nations to stem the spread of terrorism. Who is really backward, primitive and crude?

What sane Norwegian is going to immigrate here to get their pocket picked by greedy Republicans?

When did identifying yourself as aligned with the Christian Right give people license to use religion as a cudgel to harm people not in their image? The Christian Right is neither Christian or right. Every nation that's mortgaged their children's future in the interests of heaping more wealth on the already wealthy, has crumbled, a victim of its greed and short sightedness.

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Greg Olson

Ironton

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