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Nancy Pelosi stated emphatically that impeachment of our duly elected president is a solemn affair and should be treated appropriately. Following the signing of the partisan official document, Pelosi distributed pens to commemorate the event; body language and souvenirs were hypocritical. Doubt this duplicity? My prediction is that Democrat’s 2020 campaign will have t-shirts commemorating this inquisition, poorly disguised as impeachment. Democrat Tim Ryan voted to impeach; we will see what Democrat Sen. Brown does.

• Canfield

Truth and fairness matter. Trump did not fight corruption in 2017, 2018 or 2019 in our country or any other country. He claims to have withheld funds to Ukraine because of corruption by Hunter Biden and Barisma. He kept it secret and did not release the money until after the whistle blower came out. He could have instructed the FBI or CIA or any other intelligence agency to investigate. Instead he sent Mayor Giuliani. This does not pass the smell test.

• Campbell

President Trump has had several meetings with Russian President Putin of which nothing was revealed. Trump has attacked the free press calling them fake news. With Barr as attorney general, Trump controls the department of justice. Trump pulled troops out of Syria giving Russia a free shot at the kurds. He has Russians visit the oval office. He’s attacked FBI and CIA. He takes Putin’s words over 17 U.S. intel agencies. He’s says he knows more than our generals. I wonder what Trump and Putin talk about.

• Girard

I saw a very small article in the Tribune Chronicle. It said the supreme court appears likely to rule that insurance companies can collect $12 billion from the federal government to cover their losses in the early years of the Affordable Care Act. That means the taxpayers will pick up even more costs for this failed Obama insurance plan. I wonder just how much money this cost the taxpayers in total.

• Girard

Ohio HB 66 passage was critical for the future of area small businesses. This bill included key components for maintaining and balancing budgets. The bill retained the small business bid tax reduction and provided funding for new TechCred program. A special ‘thank you’ goes to all Ohio representatives for voting ‘yes’ on passage of this bill.

• Hubbard

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In regards to Southern Park Mall, how many more liquor licenses does Boardman need? It might be better to let the free market run its course. Maybe the mall could go medical with two major hospitals on both sides — Akron Children’s Hospital and Mercy Health. I believe another big store at the mall has been struggling for years. The next five to 10 years will be very hard on retail sales in stores and malls.

• Boardman

With all that’s going on in the country these days, it’s hard to find something to feel good about. If you’re feeling the same way, then I suggest you read the Monday, Jan. 6, story about Lily Derry. Born with one hand, this high school kid has managed to make the junior varsity basketball team, play the French horn, teach herself to ride a bike, earn a 4.0 GPA despite starting off school with an IEP. There’s more, read it. You’ll feel better.

• Campbell

I’ve heard it said, “Those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing.” Then there is our president. He hides his taxes; he hides his grades; he stops people from testifying to hide his behavior. Be aware. I believe he will do or say anything to make himself look good.

• New Middletown

The president has informed Congress that Iran may retaliate against his decision to stick his finger in the eye of Iran by killing their best general. Nice distraction from his impeachment. He had advisors, Lindsay Graham and Kevin McCarthy, that this is the most politically expedient time to kill a bad guy and keep his base mobilized. Objectors should speak now, because once there’s war, opponents will be labeled traitors by a person willing to send their children to battlefield deaths to save his office.

• Canfield

I’m reading New York Times bestseller “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.” So far, 37 psychiatrists and mental health experts assess a president, and I still have 400 pages to go. What I read so far is scary! To think this president has a “disorderly mind” with his furious tirades, conspiracy, fantasies, aversion to facts and attraction to violence. That is unusual and alarming, but that can too easily be rationalized and normalized. Our country had stability until November 2016!

• Hubbard

I know more than the generals or anyone else for that matter. No need to say anything more.

• Girard

Robert Reich’s Nov. 27 column insinuated Trump supporters are “contemptible.” Hillary Clinton and John McCain called us “deplorable” and “crazies.” National media describes Trump voters (62 million Americans) as racist, homophobic, sexist, combustible, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, dumb, uneducated and other unflattering, vicious names. How juvenile and arrogant! President Trump labels his political enemies and calls them names. He has faults, but to his credit, he never insults Democratic voters.

• Canfield

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