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Chief concerns

With our war in Afghanistan declared over we need to resolve now some of our most serious domestic issues. We cannot allow them to fester, draining our will, our resources and our future well being.

These include developing a rapid means to vet all incoming displaced refugees from Afghanistan for threats of virus infection or terrorism. The same programs should apply to all refugees entering at our southern border.

We also need to enact solutions for defense of life and property from storms and wildfires. Assist those in need from the devastating effects of the ongoing pandemic. Improve domestic energy production so we can be free of imported needs and can be sustained with our own energy sources

Our future well being depends on both our executive and legislative bodies overcoming their opposing attitudes and working together for the common good of all Americans.

— Bob Sweeney, Warwick, R.I.

Opposing views

When I saw the headline on Jeff Robbins’ column  ( “On 9/11 anniversary, Bush warns of extremists within”, Sept. 14) I thought for once he and I were in agreement. We both thought George Bush’s speech in Shanksville, Pa., was exceptional. However, I thought Bush was referring to the violent extremists who have been rioting in Portland, Ore., Minneapolis, Seattle and other cities around the nation. Silly me, Jeff Robbins assumed he was referring to the protesters in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. It just goes to show that right and left we do see the world through completely different lenses. I wonder if we will ever find common ground again.

– Margaret Michaud, Marblehead 

Get to work

It’s time to get Americans off the couch. In the article (“Instead of working hard, many hardly working”) by Stephen Moore, he notes that the Labor Department reported a record 10.9 million jobs open in America. There are 8 million unemployed Americans. Welfare needs to be tied to employment. Work provides a person with self-worth and a road out of the welfare trough. The U.S. Postal Service has a plan to hire 100,000 more workers. Amazon wants to increase its workforce by 125,000. It’s time to add a work requirement to welfare.

— Don Houghton, Quincy

Gen. Milley’s motives

The president is commander in chief and the military is subservient to the president. But what is undiscussed in your editorial is whether a rage-filled president, perhaps mentally unhinged as the speaker of the House, third in line of presidential succession, is reported to have said, is a competent commander in chief. The founders never anticipated a defeated president going rogue and entreating his vice president to cancel the Electoral College tabulation that finalizes the quadrennial presidential sweepstakes. And the founders never anticipated that a defeated president would, with a wink and a nod, encourage his supporters to delay the tabulation by attacking the Capitol. The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff was in uncharted and heretofore unanticipated territory when Donald Trump accosted our constitutional prerogatives. The speaker of the House, convinced that Mr. Trump was “crazy,” conferred with Gen. Milley and asked him to secure our nuclear weapons because of a fear that the defeated president would do great harm to our nation and, perhaps, to international order. Mr. Trump disdained the legal and peaceful course for a defeated candidate and attempted an insurrection. Gen. Milley was the patriot, not the defeated president.

— Paul Bloustein, Cincinnati, Ohio

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