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Letters: The Kavanaugh hearings

Johnson City Press • Oct 3, 2018 at 6:00 AM

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Time’s up

The character Howard Beale in the movie “Network” yelled "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" It seems that many, if not most, of the women in this country are at this point right now, and rightly so.

As a proud, card-carrying member of NOW (National Organization for Women), I'm delighted to see the outpouring of justified anger from women who are standing up with a unified voice and shouting "Enough!" But the tone deaf Republicans are not hearing it. They have their own agenda, which does not include the interests of women or the other disenfranchised of this country.

The American Bar Association has called for an FBI investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. The Jesuits have withdrawn their endorsement of him. Three other accusers have been totally ignored. In spite of all this, the Republican-dominated Congress seems hellbent on pushing through the confirmation of this intemperate, demonstrably unqualified man, unworthy of even the judgeship he currently holds.

If they do so, they will have sealed their fate. The blue wave predicted for this November will be boosted by a pink tsunami. Then those ancient fossils, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and Lindsey Graham can go back to Kentucky, Iowa, Utah and South Carolina and quietly petrify. There they can watch a host of outstanding, enlightened women take over the reins of power, which they have abused so shamelessly, and demonstrate how responsible government is supposed to be done.

CRAIG HAIRE, Ph.D. M.D.
Johnson City

What’s the burden of proof for SCOTUS?

The most fundamental premise of our judicial system and rules of law is “innocent until proven guilty.” Whether in a criminal court or the court of public opinion, this sacred rule is automatically applied.

Many of us have husbands, sons, brothers, nephews and other male family and friends. None of us wants to ever see this premise disregarded by a few vocal minority. A woman may deliver a compelling public statement, but that does not assume the male is guilty. Likewise, a man may deliver a fierce denial of charges, and this does not equal innocence. It could also be the man making a compelling statement, and the woman delivering a denial. The burden of proof falls to the accuser, not the accused. Without sound evidence there is no chargeable crime.

What has taken place in the past week in the U.S. Senate is “deplorable”! A credible woman and her family were political disposables by the Democrat senators, particularly Dianne Feinstein. A credible man and his family were emotionally damaged for life. All of this from an uncorroborated charge from an incident that may, or may not have occurred 36 years ago when both parties were immature teenagers.

The FBI will not shed any more light on this situation. She said, he said, they said — end of discussion. The question for all society is how far are we going to fall, degenerate and/or collapse before the rules of law and justice return to their time-honored positions?

CHRISTY A. RABETOY
Piney Flats

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