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Schultz: Our nation turns to you, Alabama

Like so many women in recent days, I’ve discovered a renewed interest in who and what I was at age 14.

My freshman portrait in my high school yearbook is smaller than most “forever” postage stamps. What a skinny, wide-eyed scaredy-cat I was back then. You could fit everything I knew about the world in one of the cups of my starter bra.

That was 1973.

Six years later, it was Leigh Corfman’s turn to be 14.

She says that’s when Roy Moore sexually assaulted her.

Moore was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney in Alabama at the time. Corfman says Moore pursued her—“stalked” strikes me as a better word for it—just days after meeting her with her mother.

From The Washington Post, which broke this story:

“He picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsen, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

“’I wanted it over with—I wanted out,’ she remembers thinking. ‘Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.’”

Whatever this is.

Anyone even tempted to suggest she was a consenting child needs to absorb the meaning of those words. At 14, she didn’t even know how to make sense of what this man, who was more than twice her age, was trying to do to her.

You and I know.

Look away all you want. You and I, we know.

That same Washington Post story chronicled the accounts of three other women. They told the Post that Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18. One of them, Wendy Miller, says she was a 14-year-old Santa’s helper when she first caught his eye. She was 16 when he tried to date her.

Moore is now 70 and Alabama’s Republican nominee in the Dec. 12 special election for U.S. Senate.

He is hoppin’ mad at these women.

From his initial written statement: “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign.”

Don’t you love it when they try to swap out “me” with “this campaign”? Yeah, neither do I.

Besides, his campaign said in a later statement, if he’d really gone after these minors, this would have come out years ago. “Fake news,” he added.

A reminder: If it’s news, it isn’t fake. If it’s fake, it isn’t news.

This week, another woman—Beverly Young Nelson—came forward to say that she, too, was a 16-year-old victim of Roy Moore’s.

In an emotional televised statement, Nelson described how Moore offered her a ride home from her waitressing job but then pulled his car to the back of the restaurant.

“I was alarmed, and I immediately asked him what he was doing,” she said. “Instead of answering my questions, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me and putting his hands on my breast. I tried to open my car door to leave, but he reached over and he locked it.”

She added this: “I thought he was going to rape me. I was twisting and I was struggling and I was begging him to stop.”

Moore finally gave up—with a warning. He was an important man in Etowah County, and she was “just a child.”

“He told me, he said, ‘You’re just a child,’ and he said, ‘I am the district attorney of Etowah County, and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.’”

Nelson revealed her decades-old secret after Moore mocked his other accusers. She added that she voted for Donald Trump, to make clear that she was not politically motivated in going public now. I’m bone-weary of those fellow liberals attacking her for that. I don’t know why she supported an admitted sexual predator for president, but I don’t need to know. I hate what happened to her when she was only 16 years old.

The national Republican machine is finally pulling out of Moore’s race. Many GOP leaders now call for him to step aside. Quite a sight, that one, watching those Republican members of Congress discover their spines. Without anesthesia, even.

So far, Moore refuses to budge.

And so we turn to you, voters of Alabama. Your country needs you.

Imagine the message for every girl in America if Roy Moore is elected to the U.S. Senate.

You know the right thing to do here.

You and I, we know.


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Guest Views: White House casting cloud over AT&T deal

President Trump’s disdain for CNN is no secret. He has repeatedly called it “fake news,” and he tweeted a video of himself attacking a CNN stand-in. Now, reports suggest the Justice Department may be pushing CNN’s owner Time Warner to sell the network as a condition of a corporate merger. The acquisition may pose legitimate antitrust concerns—but Mr. Trump’s behavior raises the specter of political retaliation, which in turn increases the need for transparency in the antitrust decision-making process.

AT&T’s proposed purchase of Time Warner would place the telecommunications company in control of a portion of the entertainment it delivers, following in the footsteps of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC. Despite criticism that the deal would hand too much power to a single corporation, AT&T’s prospects seemed decent in recent months. The Federal Communications Commission allowed the proposal to move forward without lengthy review. Makan Delrahim, the head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, stated before taking office that the merger likely fell within the law.

But Mr. Delrahim appears to have changed his mind. The Financial Times and the New York Times each report multiple versions of a tense meeting between representatives of AT&T and the Justice Department. By some accounts, government lawyers informed AT&T that it would need to divest CNN’s parent company, Turner Broadcasting, or AT&T’s satellite broadcaster DirecTV.

It’s not clear to what extent the government was concerned about CNN specifically or Turner Broadcasting as a whole: “It’s all about CNN,” one anonymous source told the Financial Times. Other sources say that AT&T offered to sell CNN but was told by the Justice Department that this wouldn’t be enough to quell antitrust concerns. Meanwhile, AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson denies that the company ever suggested spinning off the network or that “the price of getting the deal done was selling CNN.”

Yet it’s hard to forget Mr. Trump’s harsh words for CNN or the opposition to the merger he voiced on the campaign trail, declaring: “Deals like this destroy democracy.” In July, the New York Times reported that “White House advisers have discussed (the merger as) a potential point of leverage” over CNN.

To be sure, no reports have shown any evidence of White House interference with the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Mr. Trump said on Sunday that he “didn’t make (the) decision” to request CNN’s sale, pointing to Mr. Delrahim instead. It may be that Mr. Delrahim altered his view on the merger after heeding the good-faith assessment of apolitical Justice Department attorneys. But it is an unavoidable fact that the president’s behavior has cast a cloud of doubt over the work of these honorable civil servants.

The Senate subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights should exercise its oversight responsibility and convene a hearing on the matter. If the White House exerted improper influence over the Justice Department in the interest of punishing a political enemy, the public has a right to know. If suspicions are unfounded, then a hearing will work to dispel them.

The White House has put itself in a position where the nation may reasonably presume bad faith. If it wants trust, it must now earn it.

—The Washington Post


Letters
Your Views: Trump is making America great (no thanks to the left)

President Trump is the first president in my 65 years of life to have enough courage to fight against the forces of evil in our government. The establishment (swamp), the Council on Foreign Relations and the liberal media are on a daily search-and-destroy mission against him. I know God uses unlikely people to do his will, and I feel he has the hand of God on him everyday. At the end of the day, he is the last man standing.

Trump had a brilliant speech on his Southeast Asia trip. It was moving and made you feel great to be an American. The treasonous left hated it because they have disdain for everything America stands for. They continually bear false witness against anyone who disagrees with them and could care less who gets destroyed in the process.

There latest target is Roy Moore whose character has always been impeccable until just before election time. You don't wait 40 years to speak up about sexual misconduct. The timing and the 40-year wait are the real smoking guns.

The liberal left has this obvious criminal mentality to get what they want by any means necessary. The Clintons/Obamas and the media are good examples. They are truly dark people, and the truth means nothing to them.

While the liberals are busy building a resume for hell, the silent majority goes about its business unseen and unheard. We pray for our leaders and our republic. That's why Trump won and will make America great.

KIM OLSON

Janesville