We voted change
From my viewpoint, Missouri is a microcosm of the nation. The densely populated east and west sides supported the Democratic nominee in the presidential election while the rest of this state, similar to the nation as a whole, largely supported the Republican nominee for president.
This election was not about racism, income inequality, xenophobia, homophobia, Russian influence or anything else the losing party would like us to believe. It was about the likelihood of policies of the past eight years being imposed on us for at least the next four years.
We are tired of supposed intellectual elites (of either party) forcing their opinions and desires on the rest of us without our consent.
The idea that Donald Trump won because of how the “white working class” voted is itself condescending. It evokes an attitude of, “Why don’t these ignorant people just shut up, be quiet and do what we tell them?”
Well, the masses in the middle of the state and country did speak. And we hope what we said was loud and clear: We did not like the direction the country was headed.
And even though the Republican candidate is flawed, we did not want more of the same from the last eight years.
After reading numerous letters to the editor bemoaning the election of Donald Trump, I present another point of view. One reason Trump received my vote is the eight years of President Barack Obama’s attacks on our culture — a culture that has underpinned our society for millennia.
Will Donald Trump reverse this destruction? Hopefully, yes.
Hillary Clinton certainly would not have. My vote was one of hope.
George J. McLiney Jr.
So president-elect Donald Trump refuses to attend daily intelligence briefings, confirming what many have suspected: Intelligence will play no part in a Trump administration.
Carlton Bragg was wrongfully suspended from the University of Kansas basketball team in response to a false allegation against him. The charges against Mr. Bragg have been dropped, and the lady who accused him is charged with battery.
Mr. Bragg owes nothing to an institution that suspended him with a knee-jerk reaction to an unproven accusation.
If Mr. Bragg is good enough to play for KU, he is good enough to play for many other schools. I suggest he transfer to one where he will be treated with proper respect and be presumed innocent until proved guilty.
All I want for Christmas is a gas mask and hazmat suit. Oh, and I want to take my summer vacation in Oklahoma to see the new Grand Canyon.
On the Monae
It’s fun to see Janelle Monae of Kansas City, Kan., zooming toward greater stardom (12-16, 9C, “Marvelous Monae”).
So much talent! I became aware of Monae by discovering her dynamic, surreal “Tightrope” video from 2010 online. This is a lady with a lot of big ideas.
In the rush of success, here’s hoping she has time to remember one of her biggest and best ideas: establishing a high school in her hometown for young creative artists who want to follow in her charming footsteps.
Best of luck, Janelle.
Ruth C. Dickinson
At this point, it appears Donald Trump will almost certainly be sworn in as president on Jan. 20. Many people have worried about normalization, but I believe his official status as president will give us even more opportunity to attack his legitimacy.
For example, this quote will be entirely valid soon: “Grab them by the p***y” — Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States.
Most presidents are remembered by nobler quotes, but we need to remember all of the ammunition he’s given us during this campaign.
If he complains, it looks unpresidential. If he tries to fight it through legal action, we can challenge him before the Supreme Court and hope it continues to stand by the freedom of speech.
We need to show that even if this sort of campaign got Trump elected, it doesn’t pay off. If we don’t, it will become normalized.