“Time to Drain the Swamp” by Karen A Komar

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President Trump:

President Reagan’s quote from 1982 is very apropos. Having worked on his campaign in 1980, and having served on active duty in the military from 1981-2003, to include before and after the Fall of the Wall in Berlin, Germany, I fully embrace all he did to make our country strong at home and abroad.

Please stay the course and follow his principles and policies. It’s Time to Drain the Swamp.

Respectfully,

Karen A. Komar, LTC, US Army (Ret)

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Untitled (From the Series “Who Speaks for Me?”) by Mark Isaac

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Dear Mr. President,

One of the most shocking injustices associated with mass incarceration is the fact that our prisons have become a dumping ground for people who have experienced severe trauma, resulting in mental health issues. Instead of receiving needed treatment, they are subjected to additional abuse and mistreatment.

Taylar Neuvelle served four and a half years after she was charged with breaking and entering the house of a former girlfriend and attempting to commit suicide. Taylar was diagnosed with PTSD, trauma, and severe anxiety disorder, and a pre-sentence report recommended that she be treated rather than sent to prison, but the judge overruled this recommendation. In prison, rather than receiving treatment, she was raped, locked in solitary confinement and placed on suicide watch.

Working with Taylar and my wife Gabriela, we adopted a strategy that allowed Taylar to represent her intimate stories and memories. First, we photographed her, and Taylar then took the photographs and distressed them to represent her abuse and mistreatment. By sharing her traumatic experiences with us,

Taylar is opening the door for others to find their voices and bring about much-needed reforms.

Yours truly,

Mark

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digital collages by Matt Kuhlman

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“Trump you rock man, you the man, keep doin you dont lissen to them hatters this hole country sucked balls fore you were president now its ossume all day evry day, you the ultamite president!!!!”

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“This a pitcure of you keepin them pussy ass libtards away from our guns, I dont car if u dont have no respect for the resta the constitution so long as u keep supportin the second like u do!!!!”

“In Your Hands” by Whitney Bandel

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Dear Mr President,

Your duty as leader of the United States is to protect your citizens from unnecessary harm. This photograph shows a sound sculpture which plays back recorded interviews with victims of gun violence.

One interviewer witnessed wrongful deaths from negligence and poorly designed training exercises while serving in our army and stationed within our own borders. The other witnessed countless acts of gun violence growing up in a dangerous neighborhood.

What are you going to do to ensure that individuals receive the proper background checks and training needed to keep our country and fellow citizen safe?

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