Donald Trump’s strategy for winning re-election will be based in a large part on his ability to hide his failings behind the perceived shortcomings of others.  

This is an extension of his “two wrongs make a right” philosophy and we already have a taste of what’s coming in his references to “Obamagate” or “the biggest political crime in American history, by far!” as he puts it.

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Bruce Carpenter

It is a source of constant amazement to me that those so quick to defend freedom of speech seem often to object to that freedom when they object to the opinions expressed by others. Let us all remember that this is the Opinion section of the paper, not the News section. Writers and commenters should be free to express their opinions without fear of bullying or threatening retorts. Although we should expect both responsible speech and respectful expression of views and opinions.

Hmm, perhaps that thought deserves an Opinion column of its own.

Jim Sohan

Yes, let’s stick to the facts. Donald Trump stated he had to let Flynn go because he lied to Vice President Pence. Flynn also admitted he lied to the FBI. You can’t go back and change the story/facts now, but Jack is absolutely right, that’s what Donald Trump is trying to do. Additionally, Jack didn’t say anything derogatory about General Flynn’s service to our country. General Flynn served our country with distinction during his military career, but he knew, or should’ve known it was wrong to contact the Russian Ambassador when he did. Even if he didn’t, it wasn’t until he lied about the telephone call that it really became a problem. Again, Jack isn’t taking anything away from General Flynn’s service to our country, but the bottomline is General Flynn lied to the FBI and he lied to the Vice President per Donald Trump, and that is unacceptable for a active duty or retired General Officer regardless of how distinguished his service to the country was in the past.

Wes Miller

This article was the last straw. I terminated my subscription as soon as I finished it. You sir, are a political hack. General Flynn forgot more about honor and service to country than you'll ever know. Shame on you for libeling a three star general. And shame on this rag for employing you.

Chris Lykins Staff
Chris Lykins

He's not employed — he's a guest columnist, which is why his column runs under the "Guest Column" section.

There are a couple of different ways you can handle this. There's this, which I can understand being deeply satisfying. Who doesn't want to give the GOOD DAY speech from Willy Wonka for all to see? I did it one time in a restaurant when a waiter had the gall to lie to me and try to serve me Mr. Pibb instead of Dr Pepper assuming that I would not know the difference. The nerve!

The other would be to write your own guest column or letter to the editor defending Flynn's reputation. From a readership perspective, it's probably a better option. I mean, that's not everyone's cup of tea, but I once got a column defending OJ Simpson so I know all bets are off when it comes to this type of thing.

Either way, good luck.

Wes Miller

Thanks for talking down to a former customer. I learned a lot. I’m going to stick with my plan of spending my money elsewhere. Take care.

Wes Miller

Also, when you gave your Me Pibb speech did you inform the business you will never spend another penny there, email 250 friends, and post to Facebook at Twitter? I did. Felt right.

Chris Lykins Staff
Chris Lykins

I did tell them that! I didn't e-mail 250 friends because...well, I don't think I have 250 friends? Certainly not 250 that would care a great deal about soda choices. Besides, some of them might have been on the other side and I don't know how I would have handled someone having an opinion different than my own. The mind reels.

I hope you find closure and comfort in your actions.

Randall Boles

The writer is a typical liberal and thinks if you say or read something enough times, it becomes "facts" , whether they are facts or not.

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