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JFK: Unfortunate consequences of assassination

We recently commemorated the assassination of John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. This event was a national tragedy that set in motion two ensuing tragedies: the rise in power of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Johnson was put on the 1960 Democratic ticket to help JFK win Southern votes. John Kennedy and his brother, Robert, did not like Johnson, but recognized him as a necessary evil. Johnson couldn’t wait to get involved in the Vietnam quagmire. In fact, he tried to run the tactical operations of the war from the Oval Office. I suppose he thought his work in public

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JFK: Words don’t fit with progressive agenda

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” – perhaps the best-remembered words that John F. Kennedy ever spoke.

How do these words relate to the current progressive idea that, no matter how irresponsible someone is, it is the responsibility of the country (government) to take care of that person? That’s a prime example of asking what your country can do for you.

The phrase “spinning in his grave” comes to mind.


JFK: Conspiracy theories satisfy need to make sense

Re: “Uncertainties remain about JFK shooter Oswald” (TNT, 11-20).

Conspiracy theories may thrive, including those surrounding President Kennedy’s assassination, but they rarely materialize beyond the conspiracy stage. They often capture the imagination, but they almost always lack evidence. Juries convict people on evidence, not on theories.

It creates high drama when a nobody like Lee Harvey Oswald brings down a world figure like the U.S. president, and many people can’t accept that. However, history is full of examples of psychopathic loners like Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan and James Earl Ray. You don’t have to be a Caesar, a Napoleon or

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JFK: Visit to Tacoma was magical, inspiring

Re: “The day Kennedy came to Tacoma” (TNT, 9-22).

I saw President Kennedy in person on my 13th birthday! His visit on Sept. 26, 1963, was important enough for me to miss a day of eighth grade at Jason Lee Junior High.

Cheney Stadium was a blanket of humanity. Blue skies with brilliant sunshine shone down on our handsome young president, making his starched shirt glow while he stood at the lectern. JFK treasured youth; he spoke to young people helping us create futures which hadn’t been imagined previously.

Thank you so much, News Tribune, for recreating that magical,

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