As a very senior Kansas citizen — now 80 — I have had very little publicly to say about the behavior of Donald J. Trump, our current president. I am interested in politics, but I've chosen generally to keep my silence about him because I don't wish to bring controversy on my friends and family members around the state.
Even so, Mr. Trump's provocatively outrageous mouth has gone so far for me that I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't say something publicly against his wanton, evil tongue.
In response to the tragic events now unfolding in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mr. Trump urged National Guard troops to shoot protesters, saying that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
That sort of thing may satisfy fools, but any responsible moral agent realizes that it is exactly what violent extremists on all sides of racial conflict want: a reason to provoke violence, chaos and death, and from the most powerful voice in the land, no less.
This isn't responsibility, it isn't patriotism, it isn't presidential leadership, it isn't Christianity, fellow Kansans. It is the dark arts, the voice of evil itself. Nobody who comprehends the truth in this respect has a right to keep his mouth shut.
David A. Lee (1980 Kansas press secretary, Jimmy Carter for President), Ottawa