Opinion: Tossing paper towels into a crowd and cracking budget jokes doesn’t help Puerto Rico

President Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3.
(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

To the editor: I have never written a letter to the editor before, and I’m pretty old, but I just couldn’t believe my eyes and ears watching President Trump in Puerto Rico on Tuesday. (“Trump praises hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico amid criticism of a slow response,” Oct. 3)

How dare he blame those American citizens for costing the government too much money? Wasn’t it the hurricane that did that? And throwing out paper towels to the crowd — how demeaning! He actually congratulated Puerto Ricans for having only 16 deaths!

When will his base wake up and see what a phony we have representing this wonderful country?


Joan Flack, Palm Springs


To the editor: Let me share with Trump some advice that I received from my wife: Don’t tell jokes or try to be funny. People are more likely to be offended than to be amused by your attempts at humor.

Telling the people on the devastated island of Puerto Rico that they’ve “thrown our budget a little out of whack” or that they should be happy that there have only been 16 deaths (a figure that was not updated for days and will surely rise), or comparing their suffering to what was inflicted on the Hurricane Katrina victims, is unlikely to draw laughter, amusement or support.

Melania, I suggest that when you have a quiet moment, you tell your husband to put a sock in it.

Jonathan Greenspan, Westlake Village


To the editor: Your reporting seems to promote a one-sided agenda.

In Sunday’s paper, there was a front-page article that bashed Trump right up until the last paragraphs. Finally, at the end of the lengthy piece, it was stated that Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello noted that the president and his administration have done everything they can and what he has asked them to do.


You absolutely refuse to ever give the president coverage when he does something good. Why does your paper allow this type of reporting?

Rosalie Hines, San Clemente

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