On Monday, our president came to Chicago for the first time as president. Trump was here a mere five hours to talk to a friendly audience and to raise money for re-election. He managed to criticize Chicago and its leaders, while taking credit for things he did not do.
This is a man who took an oath to protect, defend and preserve a document he probably has never read. He called the Constitution’s emoluments clause “fake.” He calledthe impeachment process a “lynching,” indicating he knows nothing about our history. He said he did more for police than any president ever, while forgetting the crime bills passed under Bill Clinton.
His fans say he has made American great again, but cannot name a single positive action he has taken. He has promised peace, while praising foreign tyrants. He promised an end to ISIS, while turning his back on the Kurds, who helped our military to kill ISIS’ leader.
He promised to bring down the deficit, while enacting a huge tax cut for the rich that increased our deficit. He promised a wall on our southern border, while illegal drugs pour into our nation via conventional trade routes. He has promised trade solutions with China, while his policies hurt American farmers and consumers. He placed someone on the highest court in the land who gets defensive under pressure, just like a high school kid caught cheating.
Next time Trump holds a speech or rally, he should be ignored.
If his supporters want to make American great again, they should start by reading the U.S. Constitution, and then teach it to their neighbors!
Jan Goldberg, Riverside
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Teachers’ strike is hurting students, parents
In the past, I was a supporter of the CTU because they advocated for smaller classrooms and having extra counselors and teachers. As a parent of twin high school students on the West Side, I was concerned that students were not getting the attention they needed in classrooms with 40 students and one teacher. It was unfair for teachers to have the responsibility of playing multiple roles, and I thought the CTU fought for their rights.
I believe there is a fair amount being offered for a new contract that will cover the needs for CPS. At this point, CTU is affecting the students who have test, like the SAT and ACT, that are imperative for scholarships and life after CPS. Compared to other students in Illinois, especially in the suburbs, our kids are missing out and getting behind because of the strike.
The negotiations have been disheartening and inconvenient for parents who cannot provide adequate child care. Parents and students are on edge every day playing “the waiting game.”
CPS and the CTU should handle their differences over the summer while school is not in session. This situation is disruptive to our students’ future success.
Rena Robinson, Austin