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Who says you can't open your presents early? Readers' letters from our Christmas issue.

Sick of Trump's intransigence

When I see all that Donald Trump is doing to try to overthrow the will of the people, it makes me sick to my stomach. He is making a mockery of our democracy. Never before in the history of this country has a defeated president tried so hard to overturn election results. If Trump had any basic human decency, he would man up and accept that he lost.

I fear for my country and what we seem to be becoming. What Trump is doing is the kind of thing found in Russia or Africa where a dictator is so obsessed with keeping power that he will stop at nothing to do so. Do we need more proof that Trump doesn't really care about the people?

It is also sad that few Republicans in Congress have any backbone and are so afraid of Trump that they are unwilling to do what they were elected to do, serve the American people.

The way to deal with a bully is to stand up to him. I guess most of the Republicans have forgotten this.

Marsha Dempsey, Forest Grove

No reward for Barr's ethical abdication

On Dec. 14, 2020, President Donald Trump terminated William Barr as United States attorney general, although the administration will end in only five weeks. Barr's firing is instructive. [Ed.: According to the White House, Barr resigned voluntarily.]

If one sell's his or her soul to the devil, at least the devil shows some loyalty in return by providing temporary world riches or acclaim before it is time for Satan to claim his due. See Matthew 4:1-11.

Barr, however, sold his soul to Trump. Trump shows no loyalty or gratitude to Barr for humiliating himself defending the president. A couple examples: falsely characterizing the Mueller report before it was made public so Trump could claim "no collusion" even though a later reading showed the report contained evidence of circumstances that raised fair suspicions of collusion. Then, Barr tried to get the court to dismiss the Flynn prosecution after Flynn had pleaded guilty twice, to the open disgust of the federal judge to whom Barr had the Justice Department make the application.

Trump, however, dismissed Barr because Barr could not do the impossible: proclaim the election fraudulent.

Neither God nor Lucifer demand the impossible. Only Trump does. That is the lesson in Barr's demise for Trump's supporters.

Richard Botteri, Raleigh Hills

Early childhood victories worth celebrating

In our country, we know all too well that children who experience poverty and hunger in their earliest years face developmental challenges for their entire lives.

In November, we celebrated the passage of Preschool for All in Multnomah County. This month, the Global Child Thrive Act was passed with bipartisan support from Congress. This bill will strengthen the implementation of policies that advance early childhood development both at home and internationally.

Many thanks to Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Sen. Jeff Merkley for working together to get this legislation passed.

To the many ordinary citizens who called and wrote letters to their legislators, advocacy works. Thank you. Caring for the welfare of all children, who are our future, is what makes our country great.

Eileen Sleva, Hillsboro


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