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Letters to the Editor — Placing blame for the violence at the Capitol, Republicans’ accountability, calling out the lies, vaccine distribution

Readers say that many are to blame for the storming of the Capitol, call out Republicans for their divisiveness, claim the mobs were egged on by politicians’ lies and would like a better vaccine distribution system.

Blame list is long

As the nation searches for who is to blame for the shameful storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, the list should include the many who brought events to this point.

People who ignored the red flags about President Donald Trump’s character and judgment, turning a deaf ear when Trump made derogatory remarks about women, mocked disabled people, egged on white supremacists and disparaged anyone who differed with him in crude terms unbecoming a national leader. This enabled him to ratchet up his inflammatory rhetoric.

People who jumped on the election fraud bandwagon to advance their political careers, despite judgments by 60 courts, state leaders of both parties and the Department of Justice that no fraud has been proved. People on Fox News who parroted the president’s false claims in pursuit of TV ratings. People advising the president — such as Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone and retired Gen. Michael Flynn — who cheered on the unruly crowd. People around the country who perpetuated falsehoods and ugly name-calling in their emails and social media postings.

There is plenty of blame to go around. Much soul-searching will be needed to repair our country. It should start with the resignation of the man in the Oval Office who urged on the stampede.

Rena Pederson, Austin

Before forgiveness, confession

Before there can be any forgiveness, there must be confession by those who have perpetrated and enabled lies about election fraud and conspiracy theories. The parable about the prodigal son in the Gospel of Luke makes it clear that before he was forgiven by his father, the prodigal son confessed his misdeeds.

The Republican Party has enabled and supported President Donald Trump in order to maintain power. It has engaged in voter suppression, voter intimidation and more to maintain white supremacy and white privilege in the face of the changing demographics of our country. Several Republicans enabled the insurrection and invasion of the Capitol. Those responsible must be held to account for their roles. They are the ones provoking division and discord. We cannot move on from this moment without them telling the truth.

Gerald W. Casenave, Arlington

Thank those who cleaned up

I am writing this letter to give interested readers the address to write thank-you notes to the workers who had to clean up the Capitol building after the mob violence on Jan. 6. I think they are important people who need to be recognized.

The address is the following: Capitol Building Superintendent’s Office; HB 29, U.S. Capitol; Washington, D.C. 20515.

I am writing such a note to them.

Suzanne Schoenthaler, Addison

Defacing your own house ...

The protesters do not realize they were destroying their own property. The building is paid for and belongs to all of us. Their actions are akin to defacing your own home because you are angry with your spouse. These are not thoughtful citizens.

Carol Moloney, Far North Dallas

The people’s house

According to news reports, many Republicans are not sure whether to condemn the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Think about it this way. What if a mob gathers in your front yard, armed, holding pipe bombs, then starts to smash your front windows and the front door? Is there any doubt that you would condemn this if it happened at your house instead of the people’s house — the U.S. Capitol?

Michael Decker, Dallas

Cast of characters responsible

We nearly lost our democracy this week. The worst part of the attempted coup to overthrow the election and declare President Donald Trump the winner even though he lost is that it is based upon a calculated lie. The president, his aides, members of Congress and Fox News all knew he lost. But losers can’t rake in donations once the race is officially lost.

By playing the victim, Trump was able to collect about $4 million from his supporters. His real lawyers, who took his cases to dozens of courts with tales of fraud, when asked by every judge, “Is this a fraud case?” always answered, “No, judge.” To say otherwise would have cost them their law licenses and penalties.

Outside the courtroom Trump could claim “fraud” and “theft” with impunity. All the supporting cast had to do was keep repeating the lie. Texas’ Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Louie Gohmert and Attorney General Ken Paxton were all in, resulting in Wednesday’s takeover of the Capitol, five deaths, vandalism, missing laptops and images that shocked the world.

The entire cast of characters is to blame. They all need to fess up and admit to their lies and resign. As for the mob, I hope each is caught and prosecuted for their repulsive, un-American behavior. And soon.

Jan Neher, Richardson

Vaccine is the piñata

Regrettably, I am not surprised that the current COVID-19 vaccination situation strongly resembles a birthday party with one small piñata and thousands of kids trying to get to the candy. Typical of our governor, it’s an “everyone for self” situation with no clear guidelines for pharmacies, doctors or even hospitals, much less potential shot receivers.

Too bad we cannot follow a well-communicated, organized, regionally based plan such as New York’s large regional hospital hub plan seems to be. Trust me, the kids are going to start fighting over the candy very soon!

Carol Spruiell, Northwest Dallas

At war with COVID-19

We are at war. The enemy is COVID-19 and it is killing people every day. We should have vaccinated 20 million people by now instead of just 2 million. The president of the United States should activate the military immediately to fight this enemy. The governor of Texas should also activate the National Guard to fight this pandemic. Again we are at war, and the enemy is killing people daily.

Joel Batalsky, Dallas/Lakewood

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