Dear President Trump. Substantial and constructive words coming from you in the news today. For an enemy of mine, you sounded almost reasonable on gun control. It gives me hope. Of course, I have had my hopes dashed before. When I was a young boy, I asked my father why he wouldn’t let me smoke cigarettes like he did. His response was pure doublespeak… “Son, I expect you to do as I say… not as I do.” He used his authority to do what he wanted and to keep me in line. Later, we engaged in similar conversations over alcohol and drugs. In his addictions, he would say almost anything to justify himself and keep me obedient and quiescent. But we knew. We knew his tricks, his lies, his inability to live up to the expectations he had for us. We learned early and well that his actions seldom matched his words. So, please forgive me if I hear constructive and positive words come from your lips, but choose to withhold final judgement until I see your actions. While I applaud your willingness to compromise, I will hope and pray and wait to see your actions before we close the deal. May God Bless and Keep you, your family, and the people you serve. 030118.