Former FBI Director James Comey was a private citizen when he made nonclassified information (his memo about the infamous private meeting with President Trump) available to the public ("Comey challenges Trump," Friday). For this obvious truth, the Trump legal team demands an investigation.
A private citizen who disagrees with the Trump entourage, or is critical of presidential behavior, is now subject to inquisition no matter that what he did was perfectly legal. By standards of Trump law, information the president doesn't agree with should be illegal. That is tyranny.
The pathetic mishmash of twisted legalisms invented by the Trump legal team in response to the Comey testimony is for the benefit of those who will follow any story, believe any lie, and disregard any standard, when they are called upon to do so by their leader.
The presidential response is twaddle for the yokels.
|Marc Reuben, Langhorne
Who does a sane person believe - Trump, the carnival barker and reality-show host, or the former FBI director, who has nothing to lose for his honesty (except his job). I do not trust anything that comes out of this administration, and I would not doubt that many Republicans are feeling the same, but can't or won't go against the party. As Trump would Tweet: Sad!!
|Mark Buechele, Marlton
" 'Director Comey's opening statement confirms he told President Trump three times that he was not under investigation,' the [Republican National Committee] memo began. The RNC also recommended that the president's defenders point out that 'Director Comey lost confidence of both sides of the aisle, and the president was justified in firing him.' "
- Washington Post
OK, media, it's time to back off and let the president do what he was elected to do. The media's sensationalism failed to produce any results. The media's propaganda is false.
|Mike Woloshin, Medford, firstname.lastname@example.org
James Comey's "blockbuster" testimony was as conclusive as a stale hanging chad. It certainly didn't give MSNBC host Chris Matthews a "tingle up his leg."
Who will rid us of this meddlesome leaker?
Earth to Democratic National Committee - what are we to do now?
|Michael Velsmid, Ocean City, N.J.
The article, "Pimping out drug addicts" (June 4), while reporting fraudulent relationships between a few recovery houses and substance-use disorder (SUD) treatment centers, failed to differentiate reputable versus disreputable providers. It wrongly targeted SUD treatment as a problem rather than addressing the underlying causes of substance-use disorder - poverty, homelessness, and lack of education.
Here are three hallmarks of high-quality providers:
1. Patients have the freedom to choose their provider. Even those court mandated to treatment can select who provides their treatment.
2. Patients participate in the development of their treatment plans, rather than a therapist using a cookie-cutter plan.
3. When a patient wants to change providers, the current provider should facilitate the transfer without negative repercussions.
Also, all licensed facilities are inspected at least annually, with results posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs website.
The problem lies not in the treatment, but in our society and among those few disreputable providers.
|Dennis J. Hand and Diane J. Abatemarco, Maternal Addiction Treatment Education & Research Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, and Robert C. Sterling, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University
On May 25, I arrived in Philadelphia for my first vacation in the City of Brotherly Love. Within an hour, I fell (on a very uneven sidewalk) and dislocated my shoulder.
I am not writing to complain about the condition of the sidewalk, but to thank the people I encountered after my accident.
First, thank you to the two men who were walking by when I fell and held their umbrellas over me so I wouldn't get wet while lying on the sidewalk waiting for the EMTs.
Second, thank you to the EMTs, who sweetly lied and told me I wasn't heavy when they lifted me - very, very gently - and put me in the ambulance. They also told me where to get a great Philly cheesesteak, and they were right.
Third, thank you to the doctors, nurses, X-ray technicians, and other staff who treated me at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. They were unfailingly courteous, kind, and professional.
With my shoulder back in place and my arm in a restraint, I had a wonderful week visiting museums and historic sites. Although I did not expect to spend the first day of my vacation in an emergency room, it could have been much worse. The wonderful way I was treated by the people who came to my rescue will forever make me feel warmly about the people of Philadelphia.