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The new name

“Truist” sounds like a toothpaste or a grocery store house brand (“BB&T, SunTrust to form Truist,” June 13).

I don’t really want to dredge up brand names or city slogans from the past, but the new name of the merged BB&T and SunTrust banks did remind me that sloganeering seems fraught with hazard. Why is that? Who picks these names? Are they not tested in any way?

Of course, the proof will be in the services provided. We’ll see if the new bank is true and to be trusted.

Alicia Ford


Head in the sand

The Journal’s June 9 editorial, “Virginia shooting underscores need for research,” urges the further study of gun violence. I had previously admired the collective stance of the Journal for its, how can we say, enlightened attitude toward present day problems. However, this study is the same head-in-the-sand, fearful response as “thoughts and prayers.”

What are you studying? There are too many guns, too accessible, and too deadly. So the Journal will cower with the rest of the politicians and sell-outs to the NRA and the gun lobbyists.

Japan’s recent tragedy, two deaths by a knife-wielding psychopath, was disturbing, yet how many more would have died if the assailant had a gun? If the Virginia Beach murderer had a knife, how many would have survived?

Our communities, our neighborhoods, yes, our country is inundated with weapons of mass destruction. After our leaders sell their souls for NRA money, our neighborhoods lose the souls of our young people way too soon to be a part of a “study.”

Does the statistical fact that gun violence affects minority communities disproportionately have anything to do with our lack of action of ridding ourselves of this plague? Just asking.

John Eder



President Trump said on June 12 that he would not commit to calling the FBI if Russia, China or another foreign country reached out to him or his campaign with damaging information on a political opponent, proving once again that he is incorrigible. It sounded eerily similar to his speech during the 2016 campaign when he asked, “Russia, if you are listening, I hope that you’ll be able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” referring to Hillary Clinton’s emails. He is encouraging foreign interference in our elections again.

Trump would not even make a good crook because he cannot keep his mouth shut about his crimes. And this is a crime. In fact, it is treasonous.

Imagine if any other president had ever said such a thing. This is the worst president in our history and yet the Republican Party continues to cover for him. The GOP legislators are afraid of him and only care about keeping their jobs. At least when President Richard Nixon was caught in his web of lies the Republicans eventually called him out on his crimes and Nixon had enough respect for his office to resign. Trump and the Republicans who continue to support him have lost all sense of duty to country and simple decency.

It is time to impeach!

Jo Ann Mount


Hatch Act violations

On June 13, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel recommended that President Trump fire his counselor, Kellyanne Conway, for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act, a long-standing law intended to keep some government employees from engaging in political activity so that they can be neutral representatives of government.

There’s no question that she’s broken the law repeatedly. The real question is whether Trump is for law and order or not. The real question is whether members of his administration are above the law or not.

A letter from the agency read, “Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law.”

Is this going to be another “procedural law” that is actually OK to break as long as you’re in the president’s good graces? Or will he take the law seriously and do what’s required?

I think I already know the answer, and I think Trump’s supporters do, too.

Harold Lawton


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