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Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Hi Kayt. I agree with this letter, but I disagree with others in that it seems to me that you are a good person and I have no wish to bash you. In terms of our values, we disagree on a few things that in the grand scheme of things are pretty small, but we agree about important ones: equal rights for everyone, religious freedom, widely available health care, and the safety and healthy growth of our grandchildren. In my experience the labeling of bathrooms is not a big deal and I'm willing to let people decide for themselves which ones to use. My health care options and decisions have been far more constrained and negatively impacted by insurance companies than by the government. I had a friend who decided he didn't need insurance, who developed cancer. He died after a year and $1 million of treatment that the county residents had to pay for through their taxes. My Muslim friends have waited for over a year for the current visa vetting process, so I don't feel threatened by the current vetting system. But I understand that your experiences may be different than mine and you feel different about these issues. That's okay with me and I hope it is with you. What does bother me is that our president uses untruths to mislead the public and get his way. He talks about record high crime when statistics show that crime in most places are at 50-yr lows. He talks of terrorists pouring easily across our borders when all immigrants already go through an extensive vetting process. He talks about a terrible economy and rampant unemployment when economic indicators show the opposite. He talks about respecting women when he cheats on his wives and brags of grabbing women by their privates with impunity. He continues to brag about his "landslide" electoral victory when it was far below the median of all presidential elections. When this man continues to try to get us to believe his falsehoods and tries to discredit the press when they challenge those falsehoods, I find it a very scary situation. Truth and reality are what we must base our judgments and actions on, not fabrications. And I find it equally as scary when others don't appear to care about all this fabrication. It's a dangerous game to let your leader make up reality as he goes... even if he promises jobs and tax cuts. You'll notice that there were very few protesters during the Bush administrations. The protests today are not at all about Republicans winning the white house. They're about a particular man getting elected and behaving in a blatantly dishonest and subversive way.

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Posted by Rich 1 on 02/20/2017 at 6:41 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

@KAYT - the short answer to your questions is... yes. You are racist, homophobic and xenophobic. Also, you don't care that you are those things and, in fact, take pride in those labels. You and Miller appear to be cut from the same cloth, albeit a dirty, smelly, bloodstained one.

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Posted by C Deane Campbell on 02/20/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

I needed this to get the filthy Miller taste out of my mouth. (Cue the beer/filthy joke crowd. It's all good. ) The fact he ever set foot on campus made me ill. Now this letter has gone a long way towards breaking down that association for me.

Comprehensive, well-written, respectful. But didn't pull any punches.

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Posted by Piggles70 on 02/20/2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Please educate me...Average White Woman...am I now Xenophobic because I want to be able to have the right to religious freedom, and believe that Illegal immigration should be what it is called-illegal. Am I a racist because I believe that races should be equal and not treated differently because of the color of their skin and that those entering our country from countries that sponsor terrorism should be fully vetted. Am I homophobic because I do not want my grand daughter to have to share a bathroom with someone transgender because they might get their feelings hurt if they have to use the appropriate bathroom for their physical makeup and that I don't want my first grade granddaughter to be taught in school about homosexuality. Am I uncaring and unfeeling because I want to choose my own doctor and have control of my own healthcare without gov't involvement? You use name calling and pigeon-holing to silence voices that are not in agreement with you and demonize those with opinions differing from yours. I live in a state where black and white citizens work, socialize, and worship side by side-I have friends and family who are immigrants, I have multiracial nieces and nephews so please don't call me racist. I believe that homosexuals are individuals who deserve equal rights but their rights don't trump mine. I believe that everyone deserves health care but you don't throw the baby out with the bath water and have mandated, gov't endorsed health care. So you want to know what is wrong with this article and the current liberal movement. I don't agree with your opinion but I don't think that makes you a bad person. I spent the last eight years with a president I did not agree with and with co-workers and friends who voted for the administration and didn't name call, unfriend, riot, or tell others they couldn't speak and voice their opinion. THAT is what is so troubling about this letter, the Berkely riots, the Women's March, the news media, and the current liberal movement. @Magaret B Hoffman you are right, in my impassioned speed writing, I did cite 2nd amendment when I intended to say 1st amendment which, I assure you, does not make me an uneducated, illiterate redneck neo-nazi-just human.

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Posted by kayt on 02/20/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Fantastic letter - I do however wish these Duke alumni would be a bit more generous with their cash...

$5000 raised from 2943 signatories? Come on, put your money where your mouth is -- surely $10 each is possible?

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Posted by anotherartfuldodger on 02/20/2017 at 4:15 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

I can truly say that this letter has changed my day; most days since 11/8 have been filled with sadness as I watch our country slowly slip away one little EO or Congressional vote at a time. I am a hard working 60 year old white woman; I have come to realize that so many people in this country do not realize what they have to lose under this Presidency. The lack of empathy that has been shown towards people that choose to pursue happiness in some way that is different than their own is frightening. I so appreciate that these Duke Alum are making an effort to enlighten others through this letter. While I doubt that Mr. Miller will be swayed at all, I hope that it indeed helps others to feel empowered to speak out.

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Posted by DBK on 02/20/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

As a gay guy (Mostly gay... Mostly.) I find Trump, and the people he surrounds himself with, to be bullies and asses. I would not want any of them around my god-kids, I would not want them to stay in my house.

I am happy to see Duke Alumni standing up to a guy that would not be out of place in a bad James Bond ripoff movie of SyFy.

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Posted by Dana 1 on 02/20/2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

"Average American's are not nearly as stupid as you think we are" says the woman who doesn't know the difference between plural and possessive...

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Posted by kickkc on 02/20/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

larry nursing student
this is what is going , we need judges who are fair and impartial
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Posted by Justina Lewis on 02/20/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Thank you well said. ( a student from Juilliard, a proud graduate of Community College, in Nursing schools but in the Music industry and Music director to a Tongan church in the Bay Area, presently) Thanks for this!

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Posted by Larry Pascua on 02/20/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

@KAYT - here's a response from another American woman who works 8-5, pays taxes, helps family and gives back to my community. We appear to have some common ground, except your main goal appears to be the well being of yourself and your offspring. I also care about myself and my family, but I have reserved some space (it's really not hard, because caring/empathy is unlimited) for others who are less fortunate than myself. I don't care what color their skin is, or which country they're from or who they want to marry. From what you wrote, it seems that your main goal in electing Trump was to show "experts" and the "elite" that they don't know what's best for you... and you're tired of them taking away your rights. But what rights have been taken away from you? The right to discriminate? The right NOT to help others? I mean, seriously, you appear to be a white woman like me -- what rights were taken away from you by the experts and the elites? From where I stand the only thing that changed over the last eight years is the general ability to be a bigot and get away with it/not get called out. If you think that's taking away your rights - GOOD. Whoop it up over the next four years (lots of other bigots are, check out hate crime stats since 11/8/16). Enjoy it while it lasts, because you are outnumbered in this country by at least 2:1. Oh, and by the way, you must have been out sick the day your SCHOOL OF COMMON SENSE taught you about the Bill of Rights because the 2nd Amendment is gun rights, not free speech.

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Posted by Average White Woman on 02/20/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Kayt......let me quote you. "...the reason that Donald Trump was elected is that America is tired of you-we are tired of you advocating the taking away of our rights and freedoms -the very foundations that our country was founded on-under the guise of tolerance and diversity. We are tired of politicians, the press, the wealthy-the "intellectually elite" thinking they know what is best for us and skewing news, polls, and studies to make sure that they are proven to be correct. Average American's are not nearly as stupid as you think we are. It appears that all of you may wish to enroll in a new institute of higher learning-the school of COMMON SENSE. It seems that it is seriously lacking in our current educational and political system."

You just described EVERYTHING #45 is guilty of and is attempting to do. What reality are you living in that makes you think he is fighting against such things? Do you not watch the news, read the paper, use your God given common sense? He is one of the greedy wealthy and uses more human beings for his selfish gain than most. Are you that blind and naive? Your ignorance of reality in his intentions are absolutely astounding!!!! Seriously!!! As for Americans not being as stupid as we think they are.....why yes and you are proof of that.

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Posted by S. Shay Corona on 02/20/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

"...Average American's are not nearly as stupid as you think we are..."

Based on the recent election as a national sample, and the continuing makeup of the NCGA as a local one...

Yes. Yes they are.

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Posted by Mark Neill on 02/20/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Kayt, I think you intended to cite the 1st, not the 2nd Amendment, as it pertains to free speech. Unfortunately, many good hearted people were bamboozled by the Con Man now in charge. It is too bad that elitism has become a derogatory term, where academic achievement and intellectual rigor are now suspect. The US needs to be governed by honorable, honest people with depth and breadth of talent and experience, and the humility to be guided by the constitution, historic precedence, thoughtful inquiry and consensus. Sadly, Trump has neither the emotional or intellectual capacity required. Trump and his cronies stole this election and are in cahoots with Putin and other enemies of our nation. By the time his supporters wake up we will be lucky if we have any freedoms left to defend, any clean water or public lands or wildlife.

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Posted by Margaret B. Hoffmann on 02/20/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Just goes to show you that sociopaths are everywhere.

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Posted by Danny Berry on 02/20/2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “That Ryan Adams has a poetry book says a lot about us ... and too much about him

letters and soda: morons express themselves much as you have, my dear..ron belin

Posted by Ron J Belin on 02/20/2017 at 2:28 AM

Re: “That Ryan Adams has a poetry book says a lot about us ... and too much about him

investigate exactly the extent and volume of ryan adams show music one can listen to, free of cost, and you probably GET why this untalented critic tried to DISBUZZ this excellent sound..ron belin

Posted by Ron J Belin on 02/20/2017 at 2:25 AM

Re: “That Ryan Adams has a poetry book says a lot about us ... and too much about him

greatsuns or what have her sentiments on poetry/lyrics provided them wiylth= neither of these two GET so cannot appreciate that their " modern devices" are simply allcthey could fond:: know why that might be- both of these usrless critics have never found the ability to write.ron belin/ author of 94% of the entire array of adams' albums lyrics( not compositions)-i haven't tried the poetry specifically though i know from universally broadcast response to ryan adams show music that it is absolutely what the doctors ordered.

AND.yes, ryan does cheat for the stories w/ near genius instrumentation and applied iambic presentation; no the storylines didn't win the fans over ..not singularly..but in the sense these 3 dorks try to portray against that intellect, except for their 'follow the bouncing ball' mentalities they would not listen or read ryan adams , period. THEIR LOSS= STUPID CRITIQUE RON BELIN ( javaron) wlgj36

Posted by Ron J Belin on 02/20/2017 at 2:21 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Checkout the #NotOurDuke campaign. Some alumni are also putting their money where their mouth is.

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Posted by Myra Shah on 02/20/2017 at 1:31 AM

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