Fueled by White House talking points, the conservative talk radio blitz goes on. “Sham,” “hoax” and “witch-hunt” are some of the terms used to describe the impeachment inquiry. Repeating President Trump, the call to the Ukrainian president was “good and perfect,” say the right-wing talking heads.
One doesn’t have to have an IQ of 170 to realize that if the call was innocent and the president is correct, why doesn’t the president authorize the release of an unaltered transcript of the call and end the impeachment inquiry? This would demonstrate that the Democrats are partisan hacks out to get the president.
Failing to release the complete transcript of the call strongly suggests the White House realizes there are damaging comments made by the president that would support an impeachment inquiry.
Victor Darst, Huntley
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Let Rod Blagojevich out
President Trump is right: Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentence was ridiculously harsh — 14 years for thinking bad thoughts out loud, effectively for having a big mouth. No campaign money ever changed hands in exchange for a U.S. Senate seat. No quid pro quo.
Inchoate crimes deserve inchoate sentencing. Personal enrichment wasn’t the driving, corrupting motivation here.
Abuse, yes. Stupid, yes. Unlawful, yes. But 14 years?
In early 1970s, the punishment for murder carried a 14-year minimum sentence. I know this as a former Cook County prosecutor.
Our sick political system, where the need to raise outrageously huge sums of campaign money drives a politician‘s time, decisions and electability, should be in prison more than Blago.
Let him out!
James E. Gierach, Palos Park
Bears need Kaepernick
I confess I’m not a huge football fan, though I played sandlot ball as a kid. Just a few games in high school as a 125 pound defensive back cured me of further play.
But it seems to me the Bears could use a real quarterback like unemployed Colin Kaepernick, instead of another in the long line of QB’s who never pan out. Kaepernick’s 72 touchdown passes with only 30 picks in 69 games sure beats the current Bears QB, masquerading as a contender.
Besides his genuine football talent, Kaepernick embodies the best in character with his social activism. That would make us proud every time he takes the field, regardless of the outcome of what is essentially a meaningless human activity.
With Kaepernick, the Bears may still not make this year’s playoffs from their current cellar standing. But by ending the foolish, demeaning boycott of Kaepernick’s services, they would be tops on the leaderboard of decency and good sportsmanship.
Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn