Regarding “A new meaning for ‘beer money’ ” (Aug. 10): Large breweries arm-twisting legislators into requiring microbreweries to use distributors don’t care about expanding distribution networks. All they care about is restricting competition. By using the law to restrict competition, the large breweries are implicitly admitting that they are incapable of competing on the basis of price or quality and have to resort to the law to gain market share.
This is no different than imposing a tax or license fee on small breweries to make it burdensome on the small breweries. Shame on the large breweries for using the law to secure an advantage over their competitors. Likewise, shame on the legislators who allow themselves to be used in this fashion. The fact that politicians can be duped into caving into the desires of large donors is one more argument in favor of mandatory education in basic economic principles for all high school and college students so that they can put a stop to these kinds of shenanigans.
Stephen V. Gilmore
Kim ‘no joke’
Regarding “America no longer sees Kim Jong Un as a joke” (Aug. 13): I can assure you that those of us who fought in the Korean War have never taken this third-generation megalomaniac as a joke. He was raised to believe that he can do whatever he chooses, and the rest of the world can do nothing about it.
As for depending on China to control him, do not forget that the Chinese intervened in the Korean War twice, in November 1950 and April 1951. Then president Harry Truman, who had the “guts” to drop two atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II, took no action against Mao Tse Tung for his actions, which killed thousands of American troops. The Chinese have shown no intention of forcing Kim to back down on his threats against us. They have consistently agreed to do so in words, but not in deeds. Now, we can only hope that our weapons are aimed at the right targets and are not too old to explode.
Albert A. Cinquepalma
The real ‘alt-left?’
Regarding “Trump says ‘alt-left’ also to blame for death in Charlottesville” (Aug. 15): In his third address on the horrific happenings in Charlottesville, Va., President Trump used the term “alt-left” to describe a group Trump believes to be equally responsible for the violence there. If this term is unfamiliar to some, it means “people opposed to Nazis,” otherwise known as “decent, freedom-loving people” or also domestically as “true Americans.”
In years past, Trump’s so-called “alt-left” made its most notable appearance on the beaches of Normandy in 1944, where it was also involved in violent clashes. Keep a lookout for them for, while their numbers appear to have diminished recently, they may yet have a resurgence.