Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, arrives at federal court, Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York.
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I was shocked and taken aback by The Blade’s April 11 editorial, “What’s next?”, as was everyone else I talked to who had seen it.
As a much wiser man than me once said, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not entitled to their own facts. This editorial made several questionable, if not false, statements while implying that they were factual.
First: “This is not the sort of thing that happens in America. It has never happened to a president and his lawyer before.” Surely President Donald Trump’s situation compares to Richard Nixon’s debacle in the early 1970s.
Second: “To most Americans, however, it is all — the scandals and the search for scandals — well, crazy: depressing, tawdry, irrelevant to life.” Most Americans that I know agree that it is depressing and tawdry, but it is very relevant to civic life, and to the good name and reputation of the United States.
I understand the writer’s desire to defend President Trump, but please, stick to the facts. False facts are worse than false news.
Keep the jail downtown
In The Blade’s April 5 editorial, “Cater to families,” it is stated that the city should place the quality of life among its highest priorities, with all that entails. It is also written that families don’t look for homes near restaurants and bars. I agree. We must improve our neighborhoods and keep them appealing to the young people fueling our current growth.
But these young people will not purchase homes near a jail. Jails do not belong in neighborhoods. As The Blade wrote, we must preserve our neighborhoods. So, let’s keep the jail downtown and out of our residential neighborhoods.
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