Allow the principles of democracy to work

I fear that democracy as we know it, the one that allows all opinions an opportunity to be heard, is disappearing.

We now have in the U.S. Congress a dominant party that refuses to have realistic hearings on the law changes it proposes. In the attempt to remove the Affordable Health Care act (Obamacare), a bill the Democrats spent almost a year holding hearings on, they had one required hearing. In the recent dramatic changes to the income tax, they allowed one required hearing. Now, in deciding whether or not to accept the Supreme Court nominee, they refuse to research the accusations or allow time for other voices to be heard.

When Clarence Thomas was approved, there was a witness to verify the story of Anita Hill, who was not allowed to testify, and the entire panel knew her story, too. Republican panelists on the committee later admitted that had that witness been allowed in the hearing, Thomas would not be on the court.

We repeat that today.

– Dan Shields

More in Letters to the Editor

Let’s clarify the federal budget process

Regarding Mr. Valentine’s letter (“Shame on us for bringing aboard Trump,” Feb.… Continue reading

Wanted: a better president

Kudos to Harold Valentine for his well written letter in the Feb.… Continue reading

Consider crime-free zones

The state Legislature is considering expansion of gun-free zones and many other… Continue reading

Proposed bills threaten business for hairdressers, salon owners

Intermediary employees. Contributing agents. Worker wage boards. This is the gobbledygook that… Continue reading

Shame on us for bringing aboard Trump

I am 90 years old. I have voted in every presidential election… Continue reading

Seriously, your view is skewed

Regarding: “Presenting a view from the right” (Reporter, letters to the editor,… Continue reading

Casting a dim shadow over Trump

Regarding the Nov. 30 “Brighter Side of Trump” letter: the policies of… Continue reading

Presenting a view from the right

You should hear from a Trump supporter now and then just to:… Continue reading

Trump is making America great again

Though not exactly word for word, but point by point, I agree… Continue reading

Most Read