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Letters to the editor: What? Clinton for president?


Clinton for president?

Regarding “Would Hillary Clinton make a good president? You Bet” (Other Views, Jan. 25): First and foremost, I would like to thank Brig. Gen. John M. Watkins Jr. and Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates for their lifetime of service! With all due respect, I would have liked to have seen the author base his glowing endorsement of Clinton on some facts.

I find extremely troubling the statements ­— “I have traveled extensively with Hillary, I have watched her perform, and I am convinced she is a true leader. I appreciate Clinton’s foreign policy work and her support for those who serve our country” — because of the lack of security and lack of support she gave the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other brave Americans in Benghazi.

The secretary of state is supposed to be responsible for U.S. embassies worldwide. How are her policies in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, China, North Korea and Russia working out?

There was another quote from Gates, who said, “The thing that I liked best about Secretary Clinton, other than the fact that she has a great sense of humor, was she is very tough-minded.” Since when is a great sense of humor a requirement to be president?

I will have to agree that she is tough-minded. Remember her “performance” in the Benghazi hearings? “What difference, at this point, does it make?” And what about the Whitewater controversy and HillaryCare?

We currently have a personable, likeable president with a great sense of humor. How’s that working out?

Scott Reuther


Not fit for presidency

Regarding “Would Hillary Clinton make a good president?”:

I am a little surprised that John Watkins Jr. supports Hillary Clinton for president considering he is an ex-military man. I would also be surprised if any military personnel would vote for her.

A commander in chief would never have left a soldier behind. Not only did she leave them behind (in Benghazi), but she had the nerve to lie about it and blow it off by saying, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Watkins says he appreciates her support for those who serve. It was her job to defend the outpost in Benghazi. She did not send in support or give Ambassador Stevens the support he had asked for.

How would you like to have been one of those people under attack and thinking that help is on its way? She said the attack was over so quickly they couldn’t send in support. But they had no idea that it wasn’t over and that it continued for nine hours.

She failed. Period. She is not fit to be president.

Cindy Conti

Apollo Beach

Clinton and Alinsky

I just want to yell, “What does it matter?” Lest we forget Clinton’s response when questioned about Benghazi?

If you want another progressive (Barack Obama), who wrote her college thesis on communist/Marxist Saul Alinsky — the same Saul Alinsky who wrote “Rules For Radicals” and dedicated his book to Satan — then sure. But if you have an once of sanity and want what’s best for this nation, then absolutely no!

Dave Rogers


Good for a laugh

I never realized that the Tribune would have such a comedic side, especially on its editorial pages.

The op-ed was so full of pro-Hillary propaganda I couldn’t stop laughing at the nonsense.

Greg Fudala


Preserving greed

Sadly, for anyone who genuinely cares about the history of our city it’s looking like the end is near for all the brave and decent people (and painfully speaking, that even includes local shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge), who, in their own way, have diligently tried to save the historic downtown Jackson House from the impending wrecking ball.

However, aside from a billionaire such as Bill Gates riding in with the calvary on his white limousine and coming to the last-minute financial rescue, has anyone considered that it’s salvation may have never had a chance in the first place?

I took some time to visit the overall area, specifically the land that housed the likes of Martin Luther King, Ray Charles, James Brown and others, and discovered the Jackson House sits on, and is directly adjacent to, highly strategic real estate.

Example: The Encore development project is within a stone’s throw.

With the current growth of our downtown, the land is worth considerably more money than preserving an old, dilapidated but historic house that will only impede the future financial interests of fat cat developers who are ready to build up to the sky and grow richer.

The only preservation in their mind is their own personal greed.

That said, does anyone have Mr. Gates’ phone number?

Michael Merino