Letters to the editor – Tuesday – 8-23-16

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rowan Legion team could teach the pros something

“Heartbreak!” was certainly an appropriate headline after Rowan County’s historic American Legion World Series appearance. This team earned the respect of fans and opponents alike in the way they played the game. Having followed them throughout the season I don’t recall a single example of lost temper, arrogant boasting or poor sportsmanship.

There are a lot of million-dollar-a-month professional athletes who could learn some lessons of tenacity, teamwork and emotional maturity from the examples set by these outstanding young men.

Thank you to the players, coaches and legionnaires who made this, another memorable baseball season possible!

— Tim Deal


Americans are not stupid

President Obama just made America’s decision real easy when he once again lied to America. He told us that the $400 million paid to Iran was not a ransom but just a repayment of money owed by the U.S. He went further to clarify his lie by stating that the U.S. does not pay ransom because it would put American citizens at risk of being kidnapped.

It has now been disclosed by the State Department that this $400 million was paid as part of the deal to release the prisoners. By anyone’s definition, this is ransom.

This administration fails to recognize that citizens are not stupid, that we can recognize deceit. That we can put 2 and 2 together and get 4. When the Iranian guards are telling prisoners they won’t be allowed to leave until the plane with money arrives, that is ransom. Yes, we are smart enough to follow the dots.

Obama must think we are not very smart. When the attorney general meets with Bill Clinton while his wife is under investigation, that is coercion. Most Americans can connect these dots, even if Attorney General Loretta Lynch tells us that they just talked about the grandkids and golf.

What is in store for us about the Clinton Foundation investigation? Or will there be an investigation? If there is an investigation, I am sure we will be told that the facts don’t bear out a prosecution. Remember, that is what FBI Director James Comey told us about the Email scandal even though he did say that Hillary was “extremely careless” in handling classified information.

Americans are smart enough to know that the Clintons are above the law and are never prosecuted. If we are smart enough to connect the dots, we certainly won’t vote for Hillary.

— Col. Grey Medinger (USMC, retired)