Opinion | Moving Ahead With the Biden Transition

To the Editor:

Re “Transition to Biden’s Administration Begins” (front page, Nov. 24):

The official transition has begun, with the General Services administrator, Emily W. Murphy, finally coming to her senses. Joe Biden is now erecting the structure of his administration, tapping the talent and experience of exceptionally qualified people who will help him carry out the promises made during the campaign.

To have a successful presidency, Mr. Biden must try to win over the straight-thinking patriotic Republican senators and House members and form an alliance with them for the good of the country.

The American people hunger for infrastructure repair, climate change management, creation of millions of jobs in the nascent renewable energy industry, immigration reform, help with huge college loans, return of U.S. manufacturing, etc. Mr. Biden owes it to the American people to be successful.

Cesar F. Lumba
Las Vegas

To the Editor:

Re “Georgia Certifies Biden Win, as Ploy Fails in Michigan” (front page, Nov. 21):

It’s nice to see that President Trump has finally run into people whom he can’t buy or frighten, and they turn out to be normal Americans. After a lifetime surrounded by shady lawyers, sycophantic underlings and a kowtowing Republican Party, he met the last wall protecting democracy: decent people. It must be strange.

Jane Warden
Malibu, Calif.

To the Editor:

It’s too bad that the words spoken by Donald Trump at his own inauguration, when he said he was “grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition,” must have been written by a speechwriter. Nothing better illustrates the Trump presidency than his dangerous and vindictive actions that leave President-elect Joe Biden a maze of turbulence affecting not only the United States, but the world order as well.

As Michelle Obama said in her speech at the Democratic National Convention, “Being president doesn’t change who you are; it reveals who you are.”

Helene Berinsky
Wakefield, R.I.

To the Editor:

Re “Republicans Inch Toward Accepting Biden’s Win” (news article, Nov. 23):

The commentary about Republican leaders’ failure to urge President Trump to concede his loss seems to give one Republican leader a pass: Mike Pence. He could do the nation, and his party, a service by publicly conceding that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris defeated them.

Norm Tabler
Carmel, Ind.

To the Editor:

Re “Kerry Is Selected for Cabinet-Level Position as Biden’s ‘Climate Envoy’” (news article, Nov. 24):

I am pleased to see that John Kerry will be Joe Biden’s international climate envoy. As a Vietnam veteran, I came to agree with Mr. Kerry’s objections to the war, and I have admired his Senate career and service as secretary of state. Mr. Biden is choosing competent professionals to address his agenda, as opposed to Mr. Trump’s group of incompetent and corrupt loyalists.

Bruce W. Rider
Grapevine, Texas

To the Editor:

As awful as the misbegotten nontransition has been, it would not surprise me if the real transition proves to be worse, revealing that over all the cupboard is bare. That is, I expect that not only will there be little of the detailed briefing books or proposed joint meetings like those prepared for the incoming Trump administration (and which were roundly ignored) in 2016, but also that there will be scant evidence that actual useful work has been done. That is all the more reason to appoint seasoned and knowledgeable people to key roles in cabinet positions and across all agencies.

Ellen Rand
Teaneck, N.J.

To the Editor:

Re “In Defeat for Trump, Judge Dismisses Suit Seeking to Nullify Pennsylvania Results” (news article, Nov. 22):

We should all take comfort that the Trump lawsuits are being dismissed by the courts on the grounds that they are frivolous and unsupported by either law or facts, because they undermine the very foundations of our democracy. However, what is missing from the court rulings are sanctions.

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and similar state rules provide that by presenting a complaint to a court, an attorney certifies that it is not being presented for any improper purpose, such as to cause unnecessary delay; that the claims are warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument; and that the factual contentions have evidentiary support.

Apparently counsel for the president or his campaign have failed in this respect about 30 times in direct violation of the court rules, thus justifying the imposition of sanctions. Make these lawyers pay some heavy fines for abuse of the judicial system and put a stop to this egregious attack upon democracy and the electoral process.

H. Lee Sarokin
San Diego
The writer is a retired U.S. Court of Appeals judge.

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