Pardon former agent

After 9/11, CIA agent John Kiriakou was assigned to track down terrorist Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan.

Kiriakou was told that Zubaydah had been waterboarded only once and was freely providing information. He later learned that Abu was waterboarded 83 times and was subjected to other extreme techniques.

Kiriakou retired in 2004; in 2007 he decided to tell the truth on ABC. The FBI’s Peter Strzok set up a sting and found John to be squeaky clean. Enter Barack Obama in 2009. He reopened the case at John Brennan’s request; he wanted Kiriakou to be charged with espionage. Robert Mueller launched the attack — phone tapping, 24-hour rotating surveillance, etc.

The government has limitless funds to attack the innocent who is left to defend himself. John spent 23 months in a correctional institution. He lost his pension, his gun and his right to vote. Thank you Obama, Brennan and Mueller.

Obama pardoned more than 200 convicted felons but not Kiriakou. Mr. president, please pardon Kiriakou; he deserves to have his life back.

The U.S. government has spent millions of our tax money to undermine the duly-elected center-right government in Macedonia. Our ambassador teamed up with George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. Soros funded the translation of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” One Macedonian government official recently interviewed by Judicial Watch called it the “Soros infantry.”

It looks like my president needs to clean house in regard to ambassadors. Soros’ Open Society Foundation, classified as a charitable organization, has branches in 37 countries.

I don’t know how Soros missed Brazil; it recently elected a conservative president by a vote of 55 to 45. He inherited a mess in regard to the arts. Details are too bad to print.

One flake, Jeff Flake, is gone. You acquired another in the person of Mitt Romney. Sorry about that.

Dorothy Schwankl

Eau Claire

Unions key for middle class

Another election is on the horizon and once again both parties and independents will say they will work hard for the disappearing middle class. All will say it has been dying for the last 30 to 40 years.

Let’s go back 40 years to 1980. At that time, much more of the workforce was unionized. The biggest employers were Boeing, G.E. and one of the car companies — all union. Now the biggest employers are Wal-Mart and McDonald’s — both nonunion. Unionized workers are now around 10 percent.

Also in 1980, Ronald “The Great Communicator” Reagan became president. Under Reagan — a fiscally conservative Republican — the national debt soared and the spending limit was raised often. His agenda was to either bust or weaken every union. He started with the air traffic controllers and went right down the line. This started the assault on the middle class, which wounded it seriously. Then the two Bush presidents continued that besides adding every war in the Middle East, which we are still in and are on the credit card.

When did the rising cost of health care and insurance and huge separation of wealth all start? Put two and two together. Yet, some people who can’t even make it check to check keep voting Republican. The rich are laughing at your all the way to the bank.

Get the unions back so we will have a middle class. You have strength in numbers. As your intelligent leader, Donald John Trump, would say, “sad, sad, very, sad, sad.”

Ronald Krisik