Readers Speak: Trump backers on wrong side of history

I have often wondered about the people who hurled racist attacks at the children trying to integrate schools, at the civil rights workers trying to integrate lunch counters, at African Americans trying to register to vote in the 1960s. Have they ever felt embarrassment or regret for their actions? I am now wondering the same about Donald Trump supporters. In particular, I wonder about elected officials who supported and still support Trump. We choose these people partly, I would hope, for their intelligence. Did none of you question the man’s qualifications for the office of president, to say nothing of his intelligence, honesty, morality? Are any of you now surprised at the Jan. 6 hearings? Do you remember the Watergate hearings, when honorable Republicans put the welfare of their country before loyalty to their party? Where is your honor, ladies and gentlemen?

June Blacksten, Glastonbury


In response to Rep. Christine Palm’s op-ed “We must end gun violence to win independence from fear” [, July 8]: There is no constitutional right to be free from fear. But there is a crystal-clear right to keep and bear arms, and it shall not be infringed. Ms. Palm is on the wrong side of history. She wrote, “Liberty to cling to an outdated, and erroneous interpretation of the Second Amendment.” There’s nothing erroneous about “the right of the people.” We the people have “the right to keep and bear arms.” As Thomas Jefferson eloquently stated, “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”

Perhaps Ms. Palm should rethink her archaic ideals.


Steve Goodwin, Hartford

The new COVID-19 mutation that has been spotted across several countries including India, the United Kingdom and Canada is a sign that we are not tackling this pandemic with the right measures. This virus’ new mutations, which may increase its contagion rates, have luckily been detected early. However, what’s worrisome is that it has been detected across the world in areas with low virus surveillance, meaning this variant could actually be more prevalent than we know. Cases are popping up in the U.S. We need to act, and we have the means to do so. Sen. Chris Murphy has been a champion for global health while serving on the congressional subcommittee to fund foreign aid.

I believe Sen. Murphy needs to continue his fight to end this pandemic and require increased funding for primary health care in global aid. This will not only help with surveillance for this mutation, but further mutations and even future pandemics. This pandemic will not come to an end with temporary strategies, only with action that can not only solve the problem but prevent it.

Mae Griffin, New Haven

I doubt that we are “on the brink of economic suicide over Russia” [, July 5, Rachel Marsden column].

Without question the United States, Europe and other countries aligned against this example of unprovoked aggression are feeling economic pain. This pain pales against the horrors being inflicted upon Ukrainians, only because they are willing to resist this attack to permit them to live in freedom.

To repeat an overworked observation: they are suffering the travails of this war also on behalf of us and all freedom-loving people in the world. What would Ms. Marsden wish? That any country having the benefit of unearned natural resources has the right to impose its will on whosoever it decides? Another solution might be to ween ourselves from this dependence and not promote a worldview antithetical to ours.

Valdis Vinkels, Coventry


After reading Emile Kao’s comments on cancel culture [Opinion, July 8, “To combat era of cancel culture, let’s foster culture of honesty”]. I must comment on the elementary school math they seem to have missed. They argue more than half of “Americans aren’t friends with anyone who doesn’t share their political views,” citing 26% of Democrats, 20% of Independents and 12% of Republicans. While totaling those numbers gets one to 58%, that is not how it works. The 58% must be divided by 3 to get the true percentage of such Americans. Doing so shows approximately 20% limit their friendships in this way. That said, this comes from a think tank.

One additional comment on their concern of “the danger cancel culture poses to our political discourse:” We have a Senate in which the current minority party regularly uses the filibuster to prevent discussion of matters of importance to most Americans.

Stephen Newberg, New Britain

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