In response to Mr. Kempker’s astonishing letter (“Finally, people like me,” April 21), I will not speculate that he — like the other contributors he characterizes — is retired with nothing better to do than complain.


However, he asserts that he and others voted for Mr. Trump because he was a businessman, and by implication, like the admired business leaders who “made their companies successful by working hard, playing fair and taking care of the people who worked for them.”


Many watchful citizens might doubt that Trump works very hard, given the huge gift of capital from his father, and the recent number of golfing trips to Mar-a-Lago. Has his hard work made our country more successful? Debatable.


It is also debatable that his many “deals” are characterized by a spirit of playing fair; rather, he boasts that he has come out on top in some way, and further, has arbitrarily fired some for no other reason than that they are not loyal. Hardly playing fair.


Given the long list of dedicated folks who have either been fired, jailed, or have resigned from his administration after one of his Twitter attacks, it’s hard to see how exactly he takes care of those who work for him (excepting his family members). That seems like part of the “political gamesmanship” Mr. Kempker deplores.


Last, speaking only for myself, I have much more to do than simply complain, but do feel that in a democracy, public discussion — as through The Sentinel — is an essential right and privilege that we ought to responsibly exercise.


Caroline Van Antwerp


Holland