To the editor: With all due respect to my good neighbor Myron Ammeter, after reading his Dec. 30 letter, I think he might have pushed the wrong button.
I’ve asked a number of people what they have against President Barack Obama, and most get flustered and don’t really have an answer that is based in reality.
Without any scandal or impropriety in his administration for eight years, Obama led the United States from a large economic recession to recovery; unemployment went from 7.8 to 4.6 percent. The Dow Jones average went from 7,949 to 19,763, and real GDP went from $14.76 trillion in Jan 2009 to $16.71 trillion in September. Also, 20 million more Americans have medical insurance than before he took office He re-established relations with Cuba, which was long overdue, and he signed the historic Iranian nuclear peace treaty, among many other accomplishments. All of these he accomplished with the constant obstruction of congressional Republicans, who ignored their constitutional duty to consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, even though Republicans had praised him.
Speaking of which, Mr. Ammeter says he votes for the person, not the party, but he just voted for the worst possible and most unqualified candidate ever fielded by any major party, and wants me to give him a chance.
Donald Trump had his chance when he disparaged whole races of people, made fun of a reporter with a disability and encouraged violence against protesters at his rallies. He is a misogynistic, narcissistic sociopath who is a serial liar, a climate-change denier, has shown racist tendencies throughout his working life and at one point even believed that Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
As for his business acumen, Trump has filed for bankruptcy multiple times and stiffs his contractors, forcing them to sue for payment. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has worked in public service in some way or another all of her adult life, including as secretary of state during a very tough time in the world. Kenneth “Joe” Hodson 5608 High Meadow Circle