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A letter and summer reading

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Dear Friends,
Good morning. Today, I have 11 suggestions for summer reading which I’ll share in a minute. But first, here’s a letter that I received from Paul Clymer, our former state Representative from the 145th District. Paul is a loyal Republican and an avid President Trump supporter.

“I want to take a swipe at your June 18 column where you shared [anti] President Trump information from a Florence Paul of Fountainville,” Paul’s letter began. “She has Trump syndrome. She goes to bed at night hating Trump and she wakes up hating Trump. One cannot have a reasonable conversation with a person harboring such ill-will.”

Clymer said that Paul made another observation about the people surrounding President Trump and he quoted: “Fourteen of these are now in prison.” There was Paul Manifort who for four months was associated with the campaign. Then there were attorney Michael Cohen and Roger Stone. So, who are the other 11-plus? Clymer said.
“It is not surprising that General Colin Powell, a friend of former President Obama, would make unfounded statements about President Trump. Specifically, what evidence is there that President Trump has drifted away from the Constitution and is a danger to our country?
“I wonder if Ms. Paul has any comments about Robert Mueller’s 2 ½ year witch hunt in trying to impeach President Trump on Russian collusion over a dirty dossier paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee?

“The Democrats on the Mueller Committee knew within four months that there was no collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice. That did not prevent the Mueller investigation from ending its witch hunt.
“Remember Chairman Adam Schiff, making hundreds of appearances on CNN saying he had evidence of Trump and Russian collusion? President Trump was exonerated. It was all one big lie to remove a duly elected president from office,” Clymer’s letter concluded.

I wonder whether Paul Clymer has thought about the possibility that President Trump might echo what former President Lyndon B. Johnson did in 1968? LBJ realized that the war in Vietnam had ruined his reelection chances … so he bowed out of the Presidential 1968 contest. Will President Trump decide not to run? If I were Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, I sure would hope so.

And now to something more pleasant.

Since May, I’ve been reading 11 books and I recommend them to you.

“Inheritance,” by Dani Shapiro. She’s a middle age lady who was raised in a very strict Jewish household but looks very differently from her siblings. Shapiro is blond and blue eyed. She discovers that her birth mother is Jewish but her father is not (he came from a sperm bank). How she meets her biological father is fascinating.

“Beethoven” 432 pp. (Clubb) is about the fanatical liberal politics of the composer.

“Splendid and Vile” 503 pp. (Larson) is about Winston Churchill in 1939 and 1940. Churchill’s leadership in a crisis is quite a contrast to President Trump’s.

“Empires of the Sky” 495 pp. (Rose) is about the development and use of dirigibles versus airplanes prior to World War I.

“The Paladin” 308 pp. (Ignatius) fiction, is about a journalist who’s unjustly convicted of treason.

“Just Mercy” 316 pp. (Stevenson) is about the death penalty and the cases (mostly African American) involving the innocent.

“The Room Where it Happened” 495 pp. (Bolton) concerns his experience in Trump’s White House.

“Firing point” (Tom Clancy, fiction) about President Ryan’s son’s search for the killer of a former friend.

“A Most Beautiful Thing” 226 pp. (Arshay Cooper) The true story of an all black Chicago high school’s rowing team…and how it influenced the young men.

“Too Much … Never Enough” (Mary Trump) describes a family that destroyed Donald Trump’s ability to develop human emotion.

“From Here to Equality” 275 pp. (Wm. Darity and Kirsten Mullen). About Reparations “owed” to African Americans who are descendants of slaves.

The subject of reparations is controversial. I’ll share my thoughts about it in a few weeks. The book does not address our country’s unfulfilled obligation to Native Americans.

Stay tuned.

Sincerely, Charles Meredith


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