Monday was a sad day for our country and a great day for Vladimir Putin and Russia.

Our president chose to believe Putin’s statement that the Russians did not interfere in the U.S. election of 2016 over the evidence-based conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community that they did. In addition, he failed to take Putin to task over his support of Syria’s dictator and his illegal annexation of Crimea. This astonishing performance followed on a week when he chastised our NATO allies in Europe and threatened more tariffs.

For those of us who support a democratic form of government, this is alarming news, and we should hope that our Republican Congress people would publicly object to what the president has done. That ideally is what should happen in a system that contains checks and balances. However, it appears that most Republicans in Congress are too afraid of Trump and his supporters’ ability to hurt their election chances to do the right thing by the country. Sadly, this includes our own representative Tom Reed, who has made no statement to counter the President’s poor foreign policy choices.

I’ll be supporting Tracy Mitrano in the midterms. She is a native of Western New York who has a cybersecurity background and will protect us from election hackers from abroad rather than cozying up to them.

Vicky Westacott,

Alfred