To the editor: Thanks to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for doing the right thing and calling out President Trump for his abhorrent behavior, including his "fake news" awards and other attacks on the free press. ("As Trump announces 'Fake News Awards,' GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as antidemocratic," Jan. 17)
Trump is a danger to democracy; again and again he has proved that truth by his actions. Nothing he does would be tolerated in any other professional setting, but he is excused as just Trump being Trump.
So, Senators, what is your next move? You know the right thing to do. The people are getting restless, losing confidence in our system and the very checks and balances that should be in place to make us feel safe.
Voters are going to show up at the next election, and they will remember who cared for them in their greatest time of need. That time is now. Talk is cheap; actions speak louder than words.
Laura Luxenburg, Gilbert, Ariz.
To the editor: It is my belief that the freedom of the press should be protected at all costs. Without a free press, our country's very existence is threatened. Still, there is a large minority of Americans who believe that the "Fake News Awards" should have been given out as early as the 1970s.
The 2017 film "The Post" is an homage to the Washington Post, which was responsible for taking down a sitting American president. And yet, this same paper, along with others, protected John F. Kennedy, whose sexual exploits were well-known and bordered on misconduct.
I am not a fan of the way Trump acts, but I fear that the press will eventually run him out of office. I will then wonder if the people will vote once again against their better instincts because of a perceived view that a malevolent press was responsible for running yet another president out of office.
Mark Walker, Chino Hills