Letters to the Editor — Jan. 17, 2024

Support our Constitution, democracy, rule of law

The letter to the editor on Jan. 3 (“Will our republic stand?,” Sequim Gazette, page A-7) claimed that Donald Trump was the “greatest president in his lifetime.” Yes, we have free speech, but that letter was simply dogmatic diatribe, contrary to truth.

When Trump unlawfully incited the insurrection on 1/6/2021, it caused death and destruction at the Capitol, and for over three hours Trump aided, abetted and gave comfort to the insurrectionists by failing to stop it. At that point Trump violated his presidential oath of office to “protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic” and he became egregiously unfit as president.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment disqualifies Trump from running for any future federal or state office, for participating in that insurrection.

Now, three years later, there have been more than 1,000 insurrectionists and seditionists that in our courts have pleaded guilty or were found guilty and sentenced. This insurrection was Trump’s last effort (among several) to unlawfully remain in office, it was the worst domestic terrorism attack on our democracy since the Civil War in a “failed coup attempt.”

Trump, a twice-impeached, and four times indicted former president, faces more than 90 criminal counts, yet he still claims that the 2020 Presidential election results were “rigged and stolen” with absolutely no evidence. Trump was the “Chief Insurrectionist” on 1/6/2021.

There are several good, qualified Republican presidential candidates, but Trump is not one of them.

Rich Snow


Plenty of sources of CO2

Too much CO2? Plants love it. Plants are encroaching on desserts because of it. But if your stance is still that we produce too much CO2, I have a solution that you as an individual can accomplish: Stop drinking beer.

Those little bubbles, yes that is carbon dioxide. It is a natural product of the fermentation process, but it is also sometimes added artificially to your beer. Maybe we can save the planet by promoting the abolition of many people’s favorite beverage.

We abolished it before, we can do it again. Our streets would be safer. Our homes would be safer. Our lives would be better. Our planet could be saved.

I don’t like beer, so I don’t care. The same way you don’t like guns, so you don’t care if other people’s rights are trampled.

The difference is, you don’t have a Constitutional right to drink beer. Let’s save the planet by banning beer.

I think CO2 is a good thing, and that there is no climate emergency, so I don’t care, but you can put your money where your mouth is, by not putting your mouth on a beer stein.

Are you a true believer? Just how radical are you willing to be?

Mark A. White

Port Angeles