Dear Editor,

When I was a kid working in an apple orchard on a neighboring farm, I came to believe the old proverb: “An apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. Especially if the tree and the apple are rotten.

The Biden family has its rotten apple “Hunter” who is no doubt a drug-addicted influence peddler. After a five-year investigation Hunter had his first day in court! You must ask yourself, did President Biden benefit from Hunters dealings and the millions he profited? I guess greed is as powerful as any addiction, you’re willing to sacrifice your reputation, your integrity and your self-respect for it.

Apparently, the Trump family is not without its bad apples. The House Oversight Committee has launched an investigation into a $2 billion investment by the Saudi government into a firm ‘Affinity’ formed by Jared Kushner. This probe will focus on whether Kushner’s personal financial interests improperly influenced U.S. foreign policy while he served in the White House under his father-in-law, President Trump. Jared’s support for Saudi interests was unwavering, even as Congress and the rest of the world scrutinized and condemned the Saudi’s human rights abuses in Yemen, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi assassins tied to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the Saudi’s crackdown on dissidents at home. With his disdain for journalists with integrity I was not surprised at Trump’s low-keyed response at the butchering of Khashoggi. Trumps low-keyed response was however, at the request of Crown prince bin Salman. Some Saudi bankers objected to the $2 billion investments in Kushner’s’ newly founded company “Affinity”. An article I read said Jared’s fee for managing the company and the Saudi’s money would amount to $25 million annually. Does Jared share that annual windfall with his father-in-law?

Seventy years ago, I was a 14-year-old kid picking apples for $0.35 an hour. I don’t remember any events then, like we have ongoing today. It’s a continuous stream of lies, graft and greed coming from Washington. Today that’s the new normal. How does that impact kids growing up today?

— Tom Janicki