Letter: Trump is at war with my students


To the editor:
I teach at UMass Dartmouth. I am in the business of preparing students for their future (some of whom may be your sons and daughters), an enterprise that only makes sense when they can have some sense of the future, some stable sense of it. President Trump's Tuesday announcement to roll back the Clean Power Plan throws that future out the window. I am appalled at the environmental wrecklessness of this president, as anyone with a shred of care for the future would be. I hope that the American people will stop him, and in so doing restore to the American people and the world a sense of hope for a somewhat stable future.
Thank you.
Jerry Blitefield
58 Beach St


12 comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment
joe sousa

Do you buy goods from China or Mexico? Then you support polluters, sham on you.

The US. workers have been cheated and lied to. Trump is setting things right, send the enviro wackos packing. Junk Science used to justify new taxes and bigger Government

The American people spoke and the liberals lost. The gutting of middle class America is over.

Wednesday, April 5 | Report this

Wow, Joe. Just WOW. Tell me that everything you purchase is made in America--and I will tell you that you're full of it. You obviously have absolutely NO clue what you speak of, as Trump is the worst thing to happen to our country ever. He has accomplished nothing, and probably won't. His days in the White House are numbered, and he'll be lucky if he doesn't land in federal prison. Those "enviro wackos", have ensured that our air and water is clean--when's the last time the Mount Hope Bay was so clean? The "wackos" did that. By the way, America lost, not the liberals. We ALL lost the day Trump took office.

Thursday, April 6 | Report this

Mental note: Don't send children to UMASS Dartmouth.

Thursday, April 6 | Report this
joe sousa

One day you will live in the real world, till then enjoy your fantasy.

Thursday, April 6 | Report this

To quote George Carlin...“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

Friday, April 7 | Report this
joe sousa

George Carlin - 7 Words You Can't Say On TV

Friday, April 7 | Report this

Joe Sousa, your comments border on the insane. The thing that may end up killing mankind is pollution. Our world is getting dirtier and dirtier. We're turning the world into a cesspool. Cancer is up in the last century, as are many other illnesses that are caused by pollution, such as asthma. If you don't think this is a serious issue, then you are out of touch with reality.

I've got news for you: Trump is a con man, and you are one of the people who were conned. He lied and lied and lied during the campaign, pretending that he has solutions and political skills that he doesn't have. He is already breaking multiple campaign promises, such as the promise to replace Obamacare with something better and cheaper (the plans he has supported so far would simply throw people off their health insurance). For forty years before that, he cheated one business associate after another out of money, making him an extremely dishonest person. If you are reading the news (not Fox -- that isn't news), then it should be clear to you that Trump doesn't know what he is doing. Obviously, you like his style, but style isn't enough to lead the world's most powerful nation.

Joe, please read my next sentence very carefully: Acting decisiveness doesn't mean that you know what you are doing. Trump is putting on an act of being decisive, but he actually knows next to nothing about government. Unless he has some great ability to learn on the fly, the likelihood is that he is going to make a mess of things.

Sunday, April 23 | Report this
Joe Sousa

Bill Clinton gave us open markets with China, and Mexico, two of the dirtiest countries in the world. The cheap suits are the Democrats. Bringing companies back here is a smart move for the world. The EPA was used to support junk science that caused large amounts of human suffering. I'll go with Trump and watch the USA become great again with industry that is far cleaner than China's and Mexico.

Clean coal is coming to a plant near you.

Sunday, April 23 | Report this

No, Joe, you are mistaken. First, the Republicans support globalization just as much as the Democrats do, if not more so. The Republicans are the party of big business, and globalization helps big businesses more than it does small businesses. Don't you know that NAFTA was negotiated by the first President Bush? It was signed by Bill Clinton because Bush was voted out of office before it could be signed. Trump is not going to bring any companies back to the U.S.; he doesn't have the power to do that (that was one of his false promises). As for clean energy, coal is not clean and never will be. We must abandon coal. As for China, they built many coal plants when their economy started booming two or three decades ago, but now they accept that global warming is real, and they are taking steps to limit their carbon footprint.

As for the EPA, you can't say they use junk science unless you are a scientist, and you obviously aren't. 90% to 95% of the world's climate scientists believe that global warming is man-made. (Let me add here that being a science-denier is a mark of stupidity -- science reflects reality, and so a science-denier like you is just denying reality.) Without the EPA, there will be no federal agency to insure that American businesses DO use clean energy, and there will be no federal agency which overseas the cleanliness of our air and water.

The first thing that Trump did when he got into office was to issue an executive order allowing coal companies to dump mining wastes into our nation's streams. Does that make sense to you? It certainly doesn't make sense to me! He also reversed Obama's initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. Trump doesn't care about the environment.

Let me repeat that Trump is a con man, and you have been snookered by him. He is not the person he pretends to be. I lived in NYC for 30 years before I moved to RI, and I read about Trump constantly. He is a selfish person who cares only about his own wealth, and the way he cheated his business associates (to the tune of a million dollars or more) proves that. His greatest skill is self-promotion. Trump is out only for himself, and you need to see that.

I'm sorry to be blunt, but you are a fool. You believe in Trump because you like his style, but ALL con men have appealing styles that inspire confidence. Your confidence in Trump is misplaced. He doesn't have the skills to fix our problems.

Sunday, April 23 | Report this
joe sousa

Don't waste your breath I know what happened and thank God Hilary is out. The country couldn't stand her stink!

Sunday, April 23 | Report this

CM--don't bother. Joe can't spell, and rarely forms complete sentences. Do you really think his posts are worth much? The only reason he's on here is because his friends have been smart enough to stop listening, and he needs an outlet. Anyone with half a brain, at this point knows that Trump is the worst thing to happen to our country in decades. Let Joe go on trusting Trump...someone has to.

Monday, April 24 | Report this

agalag6898, I'm sure you're right. I can't resist trying to reach Trump supporters. They aren't logical people. They want to believe what they want to believe regardless of the facts.

Tuesday, April 25 | Report this

2016 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Prudence Island · Riverside · Rumford · Seekonk · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Mike Rego

Mike Rego has worked at East Bay Newspapers since 2001, helping the company launch The Westport Shorelines. He soon after became a Sports Editor, spending the next 10-plus years in that role before taking over as editor of The East Providence Post in February of 2012. To contact Mike to submit information, suggest story ideas or photo opportunities, etc., email mrego@eastbaynewspapers.com.