Where to begin? So many topics, so little strength.

• First: Doesn’t even one Trump supporter cringe at the fact that the main substance of President Trump’s address at the CIA (in front of that sacred wall) was the media’s “misrepresentation” of his crowd size? I believe its duration was nine of the 15 minutes that he spoke. And when he blamed the “crooked media” for his so-called “feud” with the intelligence agency, I threw up a little in my mouth. He should have done the same with that lie on his tongue.

• Second: The fact there were worldwide protest/activism marches for many women’s causes as a show of unity should give anyone pause instead of criticism. I’m sure glad women got the vote in 1920, because the 2017 mentality would not have permitted passage of the 19th Amendment.

• Third: Yes, Melania’s inaugural suit was stunning! I have a weakness for powder blue. It reminds me of an outfit and shoes that my mother had and how I loved clunking around in those shoes. Powder blue . . . one could lose one’s mind. But having the Oval Office redecorated during the inauguration was a first. I mean, that was really an important and necessary priority. How could he actually sit down for the first time in there without his gold?

• Fourth: The irony of hearing about giving our new president “a chance” and showing “respect” — which I shall certainly do when I see reason for it — and yet still hearing those same people engaging in the same repeated attacks regarding the outgoing president is remarkable. Forget about Obama. Remember? Trump won. Hypocrisy, move over. You got some big butts coming.

And if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all? Well, if it’s good enough for the first White House press conference, it’s sure good enough for me!

Linda Gilleland Stewart, Crawford

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Protests are happening all over the world in response to Donald Trump’s inauguration. Many people believe these protests are futile. I agree. But that doesn’t mean protesters don’t have the right to show their dissent. The First Amendment guarantees citizens the right to peaceably assemble. Key word: peaceably.

Every person protesting is experiencing the deep-seated feeling of being on the losing side. Those of us who are pleased with the electoral outcome, indifferent or simply not inclined to protest should remember what losing feels like. The cornerstone of this democracy is the right to your beliefs and the right to express them. Whether you agree or not, it serves all of us well to respect the beliefs of others. In turn, we will receive the same respect.

What does not warrant respect is senseless violence. Breaking windows and burning cars shows people have no regard for anyone but themselves. Violence may feel good. Being booked at the nearest jail does not. Remember: there is always someone on the other side.

Rylee Seavers, Waco