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Which candidate

can beat Trump?

If you are an avid supporter of President Donald Trump then this letter is not meant for you.

If you are a Republican, Democrat or independent, and want this president to serve one term, then read on.

The individuals running for the Democratic nomination for president hold various positions in the polls.

The debates will undoubtedly change polling positions based on political positions, talking points and even a chance sound bite that evaluates or criticizes one particular candidate.

My view is this: The only poll that is important is which Democratic candidate is most likely to defeat President Trump? All other political views or candidate positions are moot unless the Democrats win the 2020 election.

I will not watch any of the upcoming debates. I will watch every minute of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s appearance before Congress. Mueller may well provide the clarity of facts that would persuade other voters to make this a one-term president.

Richard Schott

St. Joseph

Thanks for the smiles

I always enjoy Mike Hanrahan’s letters to the editor, and his July 4 letter was no exception. But now I have another favorite in Jim Pawlowski.

Both of these gentlemen’s letters on July 4 made me smile, and sometimes, these smiles are hard to come by.

Please keep your letters coming, Mike and Jim!

Gayle Sollars

St. Joseph

We need to go to

a coalition government

What happens to people when they are elected to governance, especially at the federal levels? Recently the paper ran a fluff piece on Sam Graves — probably to “humanize” him to his constituency. With his voting record in lockstep with the current occupant of the White House most of the time, how reassuring to know he has a deep love of flying since he was a youngster. So have I — that is the deep love of flying. Also, I am still in favor of Republican principles (lacking sadly in President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a lot of other prominent Republicans).

After much sober prayer and reflection, I am beginning to think that this country would be better served by a coalition government and the abolition of traditional bicameral partisan politics.

In my 76 years, I have seen the Social Security system used in ways for short term, easy fixes by representatives who never took to heart the facts that this was a trust fund for the common workers’ retirement; that they were borrowing from those same workers; and that those loans were to be paid back with interest.

By our lack of interest and involvement in all aspects of governing, we have elected and reelected the same partisans to Washington. Majority rules — and the majority of voters here stay home. Nowhere near a majority of voters vote. In fact, we don’t even reach 60 percent of all voters at the best of times.

So why am I even thinking of a whole new form of government? To see if I get a reaction.

This country needs help and our current administration isn’t the answer. I’d like to know if there are others who feel concern also.

Helen Brock-Thurston

St. Joseph