LETTERS: Even Trump not above law; Assistance appreciated

Even Trump not above law

Recently an attorney from Brownsville received a sentence for failing to file a financial document and tampering with a witness. This failure has cost his defendant 13 months in prison, three years of unsupervised release and a $100,000 fine for unpaid taxes.

The idea that no one is above the law prevailed because the government substantiated the case with facts.

Our president, on the contrary, has established himself to a different standard of the law. He would like us to believe the government fact-finding inquiries are all a hoax and political harassment. Not true!

Unknowingly, he has created for himself a delusional throne of presidential power that goes against all presidential accountability. As his questionable actions escalate, so do his offensive tweets and statements of self-proclaimed greatness.

This type of irrational rhetoric may seem fine for his supporters but it is not for our nation.

Regardless of who raises the red flag of impropriety, may it be the fake media or the whistleblowers, they are not the ones in defiance of the law as our president shifts the blame to them.

Congress is entrusted with the responsibility of the checks-andbalances process. It is not up to the president to keep them from doing their job.

And just as unfortunate in all these wrongdoings is the Republicans’ total lack of courage to stand up for what is morally right. They have compromised their integrity by remaining silent and supportive of the president’s unethical or illegal actions.

They have placed their self interests above those of our country because they value the tax cuts, etc., more than the integrity of the individual.

As for the president, he is just as accountable to the law as the attorney who will serve 13 months in prison for failure to file his financial documents.

He is just as accountable to the law as the undocumented immigrant who is sent back because he entered the country without documentation.

He is just as accountable to show his tax documents to those of us who lawfully pay our taxes, rather than boasting of how smart he is for not paying his.

The opportunity to serve as our president is a privilege that comes with the price of accountability. It is setting the example of righteousness and personally knowing that no one is above the law.

Elia Franz

Hidalgo

Assistance appreciated

I would like to publicly thank President Donald Trump and his administration for providing Hidalgo County the generous sum of $58 million to go toward mending local damages left behind by recent weather-related events. I would also like to thank the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court along with their staff for their diligent effort that went into applying for the Community Development Block Grants consistent with addressing the threat to health and safety often brought about by weather-related events.

CDBG funds may also be used for community improvements including but not limited to water, sewer and street paving.

Spend the money wisely, please. And keep all the receipts for later review.

Eduardo R. Estrada

McAllen

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