I was not going to write this, yet after all the Hoeven and Cramer bashing I felt the need.

I, for one, appreciate their not guilty vote on Trump impeachment. Thank you, senators.

This is how I see this--this was not a constitutional proceeding. If you read the document about impeachment, it refers to that person as the president, which of course Mr. Trump is no longer. It gives no authority to impeach any person who is a private citizen.

Heck, even the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said so when he refused to oversee the proceeding as the Constitution also states. The very people who brought proceedings against Trump said we are a nation of laws, yet what did they do? Broke the laws and made up their own along the way.

Maybe Trump is guilty of that which he was accused of. I am not saying he isn't. If need be, then a trial by jury would be the legal and proper manner for handling this.

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Yet another reason for a not guilty vote would be the oath our elected officials take upon entering office. Hand on the Bible saying that they will uphold and defend the Constitution.

I also feel the need to reply to the gentleman from York, N.D., saying that if I am a veteran I need to be outraged at the not guilty vote. You, sir, are certainly entitled to that opinion. I, sir, am a veteran, served honorably, in the US Army infantry in Vietnam. So the next time you express your opinion, leave the rest out of it. Please. We are capable of expressing ourselves.

In conclusion, I would just like to say, when Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandant, as told in Matthew 22 37-39 he replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, the second is equally important, Love your neighbor as yourself." Think if we all tried a little harder to comply with this. We can make this a much better place to be.

Rich Peterson lives in Fargo.

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