Ocean City Today

Awaiting outcome of FBI investigation into election

Readers' Forum
Apr 20, 2017



printed 04/21/2017



I would like to offer an opposing view to the opinions expressed by Steve Lind in his March 24 Letter to the Editor.

The first issue relates to Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Given the independent findings of multiple intelligence agencies, there should be no doubt that Russia was engaged in a campaign to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Given Putin’s hatred of Hillary Clinton, it is unclear whether the Russian goal was to help elect Donald Trump or just to damage Clinton and Trump was just the beneficiary of his hatred of Clinton.

Mr. Lind is correct that simple contact between Trump’s people and Russian businessmen or the Ambassador proves nothing. However, the FBI is not investigating the Trump campaign solely because some of Trump’s people talked to Russians.

There are serious questions as to whether the actions of two key officials violate Federal laws.  When these investigations are completed, we hopefully will know whether there was a quid pro quo between any of Trump’s people and Russian actors. If a connection is proven either by testimony or documents, we must then move to that famous question “What did the President know and when did he know it”? Until then, we best wait for the FBI investigation to be completed before making any judgments.

With regard to the opinion expressed on school vouchers, somehow this is always expressed in terms of denying poor kids the chance to go to better schools. Private schools operate in the same way that UPS entered the postal market. UPS only picks up and delivers packages and do not get near the day to day mail delivery.

Having to visit every mailbox in the country six days a week whether there is mail to pick up or not is not a profitable business. That is why UPS does not offer to challenge the USPS to do this work.  Private schools have the option to pick and choose who they accept as students. Further, they are not subject to the same requirements that are imposed on public schools.

If someone wants to set up a program where the private school is required to accept all student applicants and meet the same requirements as public schools, I think that school vouchers may be worth at least discussing.Until then, I think this is an apples to oranges comparison.

Jim Thomas

Silver Spring, Maryland

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