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Trump’s State of the Union and his first year in office (5 letters)

President Donald Trump prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

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President Donald Trump prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

Re: “Trump calls for unity, but pushes GOP agenda in State of the Union speech,” Jan. 30 news story.

Our fake president has hit another level of dishonesty, or worse. In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, he followed his smug back-patting report on the economy with his usual tirade about the “violent immigrants” and scourge of drugs and gangs threatening the country. But, as he logically could have been expected to do, he made no mention of the real threat to the United States: that is, Russia’s electronic aggression, its total digital war on our institutions. To make it even more clear that Donald Trump sees no evil in Putinism abroad, and indeed admires Vladimir Putin’s repression at home, the president’s White House apparatus has seen fit to disregard a near-unanimous congressional requirement for more Russian sanctions.

Why does our fake president always give Putin and Putinism a pass? And how long is he to be allowed to put the United States in such danger?  As citizens, we impatiently await and rightfully expect answers to these questions

Bernard Leason, Denver


President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was brilliant and very pro-American.  African-American unemployment is at an all-time low, Hispanic unemployment is close to a record low, and within about one year, the Islamic State is almost defeated in Iraq and Syria. These are just a few of the many great accomplishments Trump has had during his first year, with all the resistance of the Democrats and liberal press. We realize he has his faults, as we all do, but the president upheld God in his speech, and without God, America would be nothing. Christians came to America hundreds of years ago for religious freedom, and freedom is what America is all about.

Dan Reuter, Broomfield


President Donald Trump campaigned on the promise to “make America great again.” Aside from the question of whether or not America is in fact still a great country, we must all ask if Trump’s policies and actions during his first year have helped to make America great.

Consider — he and his Cabinet appointees have undermined the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Centers for Disease Control and now renewable energy. China has already taken strong measures to address its pollution problems and to embrace renewable energy, while simultaneously acknowledging the reality of climate change. Meanwhile, we in the U.S. dither on whether or not climate change is real, whether polar ice is shrinking. In fact, our president has said the the polar ice is “setting records.’’

In his State of the Union speech, Trump embraced the dying coal industry, and he favors policies that support fossil fuels. Other countries are aggressively facing the reality of climate change, while we will be watching from the sidelines as they surpass us. So much for making the U.S. great again.

Barry Meyer, Denver


As I watched the State of the Union Address last night, I was appalled at the behavior of all those Democrats. They all sat there like statues, and I could feel the hatred they all had in their hearts for the president. As the camera scanned over the crowd, it focused briefly on Sen. Michael Bennet, but long enough to see the expression written across his face that told the story. He, too, was like a wax figure with such disdain on his apathetic face. Will they ever accept the fact that their candidate lost? I seriously doubt it. Therefore, I say: Shame on you Democrats for your childish behavior.

Ellen Pesavento, Aurora


These are President Donald Trump’s words during his State of the Union address:

“As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.”

Mr. President, the state of vocational and technical schools in America is strong. More and more students are recognizing the value in learning skills that translate into sustainable career paths. Right here in Denver, the first adult vocational school in America, Emily Griffith Technical College, was founded in 1916. Our doors have been open for more than 2 million students for 101 years.

May I suggest that instead of opening more vocational schools, the government increase what is today rather meager funding for “hire” education. There is something to be said for putting your money where your mouth is. Workforce education today is a proven driver of middle-class strength. Emily Griffith Technical College boasts an 84 percent job placement rate, and those aren’t just words.

 Alby Segall, Denver

The writer is president of the Emily Griffith Foundation.

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