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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: No Mercy in Trump Budget for D.C.’s Needy

Reading Kevin McNeir’s article [“Trump’s ‘Skinny Budget’—Bad News for D.C.”] on the front page of last week’s paper made me very angry. Donald Trump has got to be the most uninformed, inhumane president that this country has had in decades. Worse than his no-care attitude toward the already disenfranchised residents of this city is the fact that he has no one in his close advisers to tell him to change his ways. Washington, D.C., is home to the only population in this country with no voting rights outside of our local jurisdiction. Nobody in Congress seems to give a hoot that this “swamp,” as Trump calls us, is one of the top tourist attractions in the world and is the seat of out national government, and the eyes of the world are on us constantly. None of that means anything to Trump and his people. Cutting our budget is another low blow to our city. We have a substantial sector of our residents who depend on the very programs that are about to be defunded or have their budgets slashed. This includes impoverished families with children, senior citizens on fixed incomes and a growing population of homeless persons. It all seems to be a master plan to bring us to our knees and begging for the federal financial support on which we depend to keep us afloat!

Cherie Layton
Washington, D.C.

Blacks Should Own Guns, Too

I have always been a firm believer in the fact that the only way America would enact real gun control measures was to have an increase in legal gun purchases by blacks in America, but that was before the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. All of the thought of real gun control goes right out of the window now. After reading your article, “Gun Sales in America Surging Among Blacks,” in the March 23, 2017, edition, I no longer want gun control. I do believe all guns sales should be legal, and you should be able to pass a background check in order to purchase a gun, but I think if you can own a gun you should own a gun. African-Americans, like others in America, have the right under the Second Amendment to own a firearm, so we shouldn’t see owning a firearm as something dangerous, we should see it as our right.

Michael King
Suitland, Md.

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