Not happy with the POTUS

Dear Editor:

I never thought I would see the day when I used quotes from Howard Stern, but when I saw the contents of his quotes I, for the most part, agreed with much he said.

As best I can tell, I believe he made those comments on his SiriusXM radio show on May 12, 2020.

Much to my surprise, I got some of this from a Fox News article authored by Louis Casiano. The following are some of Stern’s comments.

“The oddity in all of this is the people Trump despises most, love him the most.” “The people voting for trump for the most part, he wouldn’t even let them in an {expletive} hotel. He’d be disgusted by them. Go to Mar-a-Lago, see if there’s any people who look like you. I’m talking to you in the audience.”

“He and President Trump are both showmen who love a good time, and they both hate Trump supporters.”

“I don’t hate Donald, I hate you (speaking to the audience) for voting for him, for not having intelligence.”

The crowd has assembled at Trump’s rally. The air is filled with excitement. There are the placards praising Trump and hating the Democrats and the free press. Then at last the ultimate huckster strides toward the microphone to deliver his snake oil. The crowd goes wild and for some time the huckster bathes in the adulation.

He tells of all of his accomplishments and wonderful things he has done for the country. He goes into his adolescent, immature mode and starts calling his perceived enemies names such as “Sleepy Joe.” He knows that if he mentions Hillary the crowd will most likely go into a chant, “Lock her up! Lock her up!”

He rambles on and on until he disappears into the night. In his mind, he has accomplished much.

The crowd that I described above is the same crowd that Howard Stern had in mind when he said, “The oddity in all of this is the people Trump despises most, love him the most.” You see, Mr. Trump suffers from a detachment of reality and morality.

For those in the crowd, he is using you, he would never stoop to an act of degradation by embracing those in the working class; those people that love him.

Until January 20, 2021 (Inauguration Day) we must somehow tolerate the intolerable. Let’s hope that on that date Joe Biden will be sworn in as our next president. If that is the case, I doubt that Mr. Trump will be in attendance.

John Vanderbur, Greensburg

Indiana’s “socially-distanced” Run For The Fallen

Dear Editor:

This year, Indiana’s 6th annual Run For The Fallen did not let COVID-19 get the best of it. In the past, this tribute has always been a 140 mile run from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis, via Portland, over a three-day period in early May with 20 runners. The event still took place this year, just sub-divided into five separate “socially-distanced” runs of mostly veterans, which took place in Crown Point, Ferdinand, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Portland. I felt honored to be among eight runners in Portland on May 9. Runners ranged in age from 56 to a 17 year-old junior from South Adams High School, who has already enlisted in the Indiana National Guard, and departs for basic training at Fort Benning, GA on June 3!

We took turns running with the American flag, Indiana flag, and the Honor and Remember Indiana Military Fallen Heroes flag, some 15½ miles throughout Portland’s parks, streets, and trails. Every mile or so, we stopped, read the names of, and saluted, four or five Indiana soldiers, sailors, airmen, or marines, all of whom died as a result of the Global War on Terror.

The highlight of the day took place at noon at Portland’s Freedom Park. There, we presented the Honor & Remember personalized flag to the parents of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Andrew Whitacre, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008. His name is inscribed on a monument in Freedom Park showing the names of all Jay County residents who have fallen in our country’s wars.

Indiana’s Run For The Fallen would not have been possible without its organizers, Don Finnegan of Muncie, who serves as State Director of Indiana Run for the Fallen / Honor and Remember, and Portland City Court Judge Donald Gillespie. May 9 was cold and windy, but it was the least we could do to honor those willing to lay down their lives for us, and who lived by the words of John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

On this Memorial Day, let’s always remember the fallen who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Nate LaMar, Henry County

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