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Re: The editorial column “Welcome to America’s new monarchy,” Thursday, April 6, 2017

Editorial means the opinion of the editor. In the first two paragraphs of the editorial, you said, “President Trump’s son-in-law, Mr. Kushner’s little week-end excursion to Iraq, finally elicited from me an internal eye roll the likes of which I couldn’t ignore. Does the military even make booster seats for those who ride on its planes? Did the hours-long flight keep Kushner up past his bedtime? I mean, representing the entire United States of America at his age… does his pacifier have a U.S. flag on it?” Opinion?? Or Sarcasm?

Miss Weaver, thousands upon thousands 19 plus year olds serve our country. The congress of the United States is the Senate and the House of Representatives. At 25 you can be a member. Mr. Kushner at 36 is one of the old guys.

You spoke of his schooling. “He collected his degree with cum-laude status from Harvard College with a bachelors in government. Later Mr. Kushner earned a J.D. and an M.B.A. from New York U. He admitted to Harvard and the New York U. after his father had made $2 million - $3 million donations to each school, but I’m sure that’s a coincidence, right?” A little more editorial opinion? Sounds like a little more sarcasm, maybe.

You say, “It looks like America has a new king and royal family. The monarch is handing power to his offspring like nobody’s business… except it’s every citizens business, thank you, very much.”

No, Miss Weaver, we have a dully, lawfully elected president! He has asked help from many, many people including his son-in-law and daughter.

“Is it just me or does all this smack quite loudly of nepotism?” Your question. Then you explain “it’s the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends especially by giving them jobs. All this brings me back to my eye roll. Legal? It maybe. Right? Well, I guess that depends.”

I can think of four former presidents who had immediate family members in their governmental staff.

President John Adams – March 1797-1801. His son, John Quincy, was his secretary.

President Franklin Roosevelt – March 1933-1945. One of his sons served as his secretary.

President John F. Kennedy – January 1961-1963. His brother, Robert, served as a cabinet member, attorney general, and his closest advisor. He appointed his brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, to head up the peace corps.

President Clinton – January 1993-2001. Had his wife, Hilary, working on a health plan for the country.

Adams was of the Federalist party, the others were all Democrats.

There maybe others… I don’t recall. My last history class was in 1949. If you think of others write a letter to the editor. It would be interesting to know.

Joyce Haddock-Kolbus, Mattoon


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