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High standards for commander in chief

Maurice Emmer is absolutely right (“A call for civil debate,” letters, Jan. 19, The Aspen Times). We should all be a bit more civilized in our political unhappiness and frustration. If I saw him (never met him, don’t know what he looks like) on a bus with a history book, I would be social enough to recognize that Grant has absolutely nothing to do with Trump. I could engage in polite talk because I love history. I also like people. You would not realize it from my letters to the editor, but I have plenty of friends who voted for Trump and some that actually still respect him.

With that out of the way, I usually send letters to have a really great time. Some letters are serious, and some are rhetorical. Hopefully some will get people to vote. On a serious note, though — where were cooler-headed Republicans when that “socialist black man” was the president? Where is the voice of moderate Republicanism that has been hijacked by the likes of Bannon and Trump? Where has the idea of fiscal responsibility evaporated to? I can try to be civilized in political discourse, but I am not the leader of the free world and democracy. President Trump is, and he is a complete wrecking ball.

Miles Knudson

Aspen Village and Santa Fe, New Mexico


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