Hand it to the Democrats for keeping Republicans off balance. The GOP has enough issues in hand to guarantee elections for the rest of the century. They include inflation, immigration, energy, crime, China, Biden’s family, and of course the humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan that has so encouraged our adversaries. Each of these issues can be laid at the feet of Democratic Party policy, and Republicans should be spending all their energy explaining how they intend to set them right by winning the next two elections.
Instead, the pundits on talk radio and Fox News have spent the past few weeks in 24/7 coverage of the Department of Justice’s raid and what former President Donald Trump’s boxes might contain. The Republicans’ major (and winning) issues are relegated to also-ran commentary. The Democrats devote their time to accusing Trump of corruption, racism and a determined attempt to undermine democracy. Their media content and the content of left-leaning readers’ letters never mention the real issues facing our country.
The time will come soon when Trump’s boxes lose their effectiveness for distraction, and I expect the Democrats to throw more red meat at the feet of Republicans who won’t be able to resist reaction. A good bet would be an outrageous October move by the DOJ to indict Trump and/or his family members for business dealings of some sort. Anything to keep the voter’s minds off the issues that should concern us and retain the Democrats’ vicious hold on political power.
Thomas V. Moore, Virginia Beach
Re “Dominion says it’ll be forced to scrap wind project off Virginia Beach unless changes are made” (Aug. 23): When I first heard about the Dominion Energy wind farm project, my reaction was that I hope it goes forward, but it all depends on whether Virginians elect a Democratic governor. If it’s a Republican — Gov. Glenn Youngkin — I doubted it would ever happen. I read the article about the new, surprise objection that may end it but had to go almost to the end of the story to read that a spokesperson for Attorney General Jason Miyares said the office couldn’t comment. Uh-huh.
I keep hoping that Republicans will finally wake up one day and realize that global warming is not a Chinese hoax, as their ridiculous leader has stated, or a trick to give Democrats greater power. But that day is far in the future; meanwhile we will continue to suffer from deadly heat waves, immense fires, melting glaciers, rising sea levels and God knows what else.
Ed Prior, Poquoson
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I am woman … and I vote.
And, I still remember what life was like for women before 1973.
I, as well as every woman I know, no matter her party affiliation, will not let members of the extreme right or the misleading members of the U.S. Supreme Court change our lives, our daughters’ lives or any female member of our families’ lives. We will not go back in time. We will not let the government direct our lives. We will not be voting for anyone who pursued the overturn of Roe v. Wade, and who believes such backward thinking should even exist.
Our Congress must codify the health of women. And a reminder: Women make up 50.5% of Americans and, again, we vote.
Kim Rizzo, member of the Democratic Women’s Club of Coastal Virginia, Virginia Beach
Russian President Vladimir Putin must be green with envy watching former President Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party, which used to stand for law and order and personal responsibility. Putin must wish the Ukrainians had the same susceptibility to propaganda and the same lack of backbone that the Republican leadership has shown over the past six years.
Benjamin Potts, Norfolk