PHIL SKINNER / PSKINNER@AJC.COM

READERS WRITE: JUNE 2

Right, wrong don’t seem to matter for Hollywood types

Over the years, I have enjoyed watching Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bea and the other characters in the TV shows set in the mythical town of Mayberry, N.C. The shows are wholesome and always seem to have good endings. Now, Ron Howard (Opie) makes movies and appears to do a right-good job. The problem is, he recently said he will make no movies in Georgia if our “heartbeat” law stands. Too bad Mr. Howard has chosen to side with outfits like Planned Parenthood on this issue. I guess right and wrong don’t really matter when it comes to getting along with his friends in Hollywood.

ED ROACH, BRASELTON

U.S., not Chinese, will pay the cost of Trump tariffs

When will the administration stop saying that billions of Chinese dollars are flowing into the U.S. Treasury as a result of import tariffs? It is not Chinese money, but U.S. dollars of the importers, and most of the tax will be passed on to U.S. consumers. Now the administration is saying these Chinese dollars will flow back to the farmers hurt by China’s import tariffs. I am sure farmers need some support as a result of the easily winnable trade war, but what about the U.S. companies that pay the import tax? They can either absorb the tariff, or pass it along to the consumer, which could result in lower sales. Either way, their profitability will be negatively affected. Where is their aid?

KEN CHRISTY, WOODSTOCK

Liberal media, Democrats lack Trump’s business acumen

The Democrats need all the help they can get, but bringing accusations of a cover-up to a meeting with President Trump only made their position more laughable. Trump is willing to discuss infrastructure upgrades with House leaders, but all they brought to the meeting was more of the same: Impeach the president if he doesn’t provide personal financial information for them to use as headline-grabbers. Pelosi and Schumer are not qualified to audit financials and tax returns prepared by professionals. They don’t understand the complexities of owning and managing multimillion-dollar ventures. Trump’s business acumen is far beyond their comprehension, and their constant braying about cover-ups, financial mismanagement and Russian collusion is a true indicator of their dismal grasp of reality. Informed voters are aware of this clumsy approach to gain revenge for losing the last presidential election, and of the liberal media’s support of their socialist program.

JACK FRANKLIN, CONYERS

Riley’s column on AJC reporting of child murders was spot-on

Kevin Riley’s column, “Terrible stories we need to know” (Opinion, May 26), is one of the most on-point editorials in the social service arena in many years. Indeed, these stories are painful to read and heartbreaking to cover, but the juvenile court judges of Georgia see hundreds of these cases day in and day out. They must be covered and reported. Rest assured, Ms. Alexis Stevens, you are saving many children from the same fate.

ERIC J. JOHN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COUNCIL OF JUVENILE COURT JUDGES OF GEORGIA

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