Clinton has her own set of rules

What a month for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Bolton tells Russians 2016 meddling had little effect | Facebook eyes major cyber firm | Saudi site gets hacked | Softbank in spotlight over Saudi money | YouTube fights EU 'meme ban' proposal Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE. First it was the donations to the Clinton Foundation, now it’s the former secretary of State using prodigiously a private email address while conducting government business, in violation of federal law (“Clinton may have broken transparency rules with email use at State,” March 2). 

Beyond these 55,000 email messages that she and her staff obviously cherry-picked through, what was the context and content in the thousands of messages that she hasn’t disclosed? Were Clinton Foundation solicitations from potential donors included? Ostensibly, these undisclosed emails were of a classified nature, and designed for official use only. What foreign governments were involved? Based upon our past experience with the Clintons, Hillary Clinton apparently has her own rules of conduct beyond those normative and legal parameters applicable to the rest of us.  

Last week’s foundation revelation must be determined to be something no less than a conflict of interest. Should she be elected president of the United States, would her foreign policy positions and initiatives be influenced in such a manner favorable to the interests of these past and current Clinton Foundation donor governments? Common sense dictates these exogenous benefactors would want something for their previous monetary generosity.

As charming as both Bill and Hillary Clinton are, the question remains: Do you trust them, based upon their past actions and personality profiles? Do you trust Hillary Clinton with the mobile nuclear code case known as the football? 

The time has come for America to come to terms with the idea we’ve had enough of the Clintons, and for that matter, the Bush dynasty. America deserves new, fresh presidential thinking and leadership — certainly not this worn-out brand of Clinton/Bush style of politics from yesteryear.

From Earl Beal, Terre Haute, Ind.


Take clear stance on issues in '16

With the 2016 presidential election 607 days away, many issues will be greatly important to voters. 

The first issue, as in previous elections, is of course economic conditions, especially on Main Street, where people’s incomes are much lower compared with Wall Street. Other issues include immigration, where lawmakers can’t agree upon on what policies should be put forth, and foreign policy. Also important are civil liberties, particularly privacy, education and auditing the Fed. 

Many issues are important  in 2016 and candidates will be many to debate them — the one that can best convey his or her stance on those issues will be better off than those who can’t.

From Bill Miller, Las Vegas


Payday loans a debt trap

The Hill’s recent article “Payday lenders brace for crackdown” (March 5) included statements from a major payday lender that were true only in the very narrowest and most technical sense. The head of Advance America claimed that most payday borrowers don’t default. What he — and The Hill — didn’t say is that this is because the original loan is “repaid” in the same week, often the same day, with a new loan taken out to cover the cost of the hole blasted in the borrower’s bank account by interest rates that average over 300 percent. 

Most payday borrowers don’t default — they are caught in a trap of debt. Advance America itself has admitted that repeat loans are its business model. Plenty of other evidence confirms that. 

From Gynnie Robnett, Washington, D.C.