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Even McCain and McConnell admit Russians hacked election

To The Daily Sun,

I've tried to be quieter since the election. Maybe even inspirational and thoughtful. Donald Trump won and that is it. Period. Nothing I do or say is going to change that. But while the Daily Sun may not fact-check letters to the Editor, I will. And Tony Boutin's latest qualifies for a "Pants On Fire" rating.

If the rest of you readers want to be sheep and simply allow lies to be spouted and spread like Fox News or Breitbart, then do us a favor and go to the Weirs Times. That is their specialty. The Sun is the only newspaper in this area.

First off, President Obama did not purchase a house in Washington, D.C. He is leasing one that provides not simply home area, but also office space for himself and his wife, as well as sufficient space for the security detail a former president of the United States is obligated to maintain. And he is doing it so that his youngest daughter can finish high school at Sidwell Friends School – a place where my oldest child works in the summer.

Apparently the Obamas are that kind of horrible parent that desires their children to experience continuity, much like Donald and Melania Trump with their son Baron staying behind in New York with his mother until he finishes out his school year.

Secondly, his home in Rancho Mirage is actually quite close to where Gerald Ford and his wife Betty owned a home after his presidency was complete. I don't think it is anything like the homes that Ronald and Nancy Reagan had, since they owned a home in Bel Air (where all of those Hollywood celebrities live, Tony?) and hung out with the Rat Pack – Sinatra, Martin, Bishop, etc.... Wow. Hypocrisy much, Tony? Then of course the Reagans also had that huge place in Pacific Palisades as well as Rancho Mirage. The Obama's only own two — the family home in Chicago and this new one. They are really lording it over all of us, huh?

But it is all right, because Tony believes his nonsense. Fake news? Golly – no!! Russian hacking? Even John McCain and Mitch McConnell admit it. Rush Limbaugh? Pah – who cares about him? No one even listens to that horses backside anymore. Eight years of failed policies? I doubt it. But then again Tony does not read or comprehend real news, facts, statistics, or economic reality. He never has. Not in the several years I've been reading this paper.

As to his "Executive overreach"? Really, Tony? Can you Google? Barack Obama has issued fewer executive orders than George Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Ike, and Truman. And in each of his terms he issued fewer than George H.W. Bush did in his single term. Or are you discussing the Affordable Care Act which was passed (and written) by Congress? Your anger at being an old white man who is surpassed in ever measure by a successful black man is appalling. And you are exactly the kind of voter that Donald Trump loved – old, white, angry, and unable to discern the truth?

So keep your plugged nickels, Tony. Keep your lies. Keep your rhetoric to yourself. And don't let the door hit your ... opinions ... on the way out. I'd hate for your door to be accused of geriatric abuse.

And to everyone else – Happy 2017!

Alan Vervaeke

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It’s well documented that Obamas are leasing, not buying, home

To The Daily Sun,

It is well documented that the Obamas are leasing the home owned by Mr. Lockhart. You should correct your article and stick to the facts. There is no doubt that the home is valued in the mid-seven figures, but they are not purchasing the home and your article is very misleading.

The article, dated Dec. 31 and titled, "For Whiner of the Year as he leaves the presidency," has falsehoods.

Alison Faulkner

Kenmore, Washington


NOTE: This letter is in response to a Letter to the Editor written by Tony Boutin that was printed on Dec. 31.



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