Onslaught of ignorance

The business model for successful corporate leadership is to appoint to critical positions individuals who are informed and experienced in their designated roles. It’s amazing, therefore, that Trump didn’t go bankrupt more often and that he ever made any money (if, indeed, he did).

The word "moron" simply is too generous to describe this president. From the beginning of his campaign he demonstrated profound worship of ignorance and disinterest in becoming informed; since inauguration he’s added total incompetence. Not only is the president himself ignorant and uninformed, he also repeatedly nominates, as major department heads, stooges who are equally ignorant and uninformed. And what’s worse, the GOP and many Democrats have gone along with this insanity — leaving our nation governed by unprecedented ignorance.

Personal integrity should demand that those in government not lie knowingly and repeatedly, yet to work in the current White House, lying is required; integrity is discarded on entry.

Whether the nation or planet survive this onslaught of ignorance remains a question. But it’s abundantly clear that Americans of good will should not accord these morons or their supporters credibility by pretending there is any sanity or normalcy in their attitudes and actions. Resistance is essential!

Paula Perez Costas

Ashland

Mass murder insurance

Bill O’Reilly says that mass murder by people using guns is “the price of freedom.” Not even the murder of over 50 people and the wounding of 500 in Las Vegas seems to move the country toward more appropriate gun regulation. So it looks like guns and the carnage that results are permanent features of our national character.

Since death and carnage is the price of our freedom I suggest we treat all those who pay the price as if they were soldiers in our military. As such, all victims of gun violence should have all medical and psychological treatment for life if necessary. Those who are killed should have an insurance payment of at least $250,000 paid to next of kin. In addition, all damage done to a family from the death or wounding of one of its members should be compensated as if they had won an extreme negligence lawsuit against the shooter(s).

All medical treatment for life, if necessary, should be handled like the VA single-payer program and compensation should be determined for all claimants with no conditions or strings attached. This would be cheap insurance for all participants who have been drafted into the fight against their will and a comfort to gun advocates who will be relieved of any sense of guilt or responsibility in the matter.

I think this is only fair, since the decision has been made by an implacable constituency putting all of us without exception in harm's way unnecessarily.

Wendell Fitzgerald

Ashland