Process offers our best opportunity

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To the editor:

Our democratic republic faces a serious test. As an unaffiliated voter and former chaplain, my concerns run deep.

The August 2019 whistleblower report of improper use of presidential power has been corroborated both under oath and in press conferences with the White House Chief of Staff and Director of Management and Budget. The White House has instructed its officials to refuse to testify or provide any records, thereby defying the checks and balances in our Constitution. Our president asserts that the Ukraine call summary he provided shows no wrongdoing, which therefore gives no assurance he will refrain from such use of power in the future unless there is reprimand.

The House of Representatives has a constitutional duty to indict, or impeach, this conduct in order to preserve, protect and defend our existence as a democratic republic. I salute the political and physical courage of the witnesses who have testified in spite of White House instruction and even negative White House tweets during their testimony.

I am thankful for the extraordinary, ingenious Constitution that is providing us a way to address these challenges peacefully with honor and vigor. May we listen well to one another as we continue forming our “more perfect union.”

Betty Brown Hale

Roxboro

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