The Trump administration has to stop thinking short-term. The rollback of fuel standards is just the latest in a series of short-sighted moves. We are destroying the country we claim to love by allowing companies to dump their pollution into our rivers and streams, by attempting to subvert the Environmental Protection Agency, and by negating laws and regulations that are designed to keep our air clean and our people healthy.
Regarding theAug. 9 letter “Stop with the Nazi comparison,” in which the writer argues that no one in U.S. government is a Nazi and that saying so minimizes the Holocaust and the millions who died fighting to defend the free world: I beg to differ. President Donald Trump is a neo-Nazi sympathizer and if anyone is minimizing the Holocaust, it is Trump.
In their book, “How Democracies Die,” political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt write: “How do elected authoritarians shatter the democratic institutions that are supposed to constrain them? Some do it in one fell swoop. But more often, the assault on democracy begins slowly. ... The erosion of democracy takes place piecemeal, often in baby steps.”
If emotions were water, and you took all the heartbreak felt by the millions who followed the plight of a starving orca whale grieving over her dead calf, you’d have a river the size of the mighty Columbia.
Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was more than the undisputed “Queen of Soul.” She was one of the most important musicians of our time, a genius who soared above genres and expectations to create music that will live forever.