Republican leaders should denounce Trump

In my opinion, there is an urgency facing this nation with Donald Trump being the nominee for the Republican Party. I am dismayed that certain Republican leaders have not step up to the plate with courage to not only address Trump but his followers as well. It is my notion leaders like John McCain and Paul Ryan are putting their hold on to power before country; this is a shame considering they both love America. The hero and great American, John McCain was offered as a prisoner of war in Vietnam the option of going home and leaving his fellow prisoners behind; he declined. Where is that John McCain now? Paul Ryan showed some grit when he stated he was not ready to endorse Donald Trump; why did he put power first over country by eventually endorsing Mr. Trump? It is no secret that many followers of Trump are as dangerous as he is; it is my opinion many have been indoctrinated by hate-radio and plainly just mislead. The moment and time is here for all Republican leaders to go beyond power and do the right thing for America by denouncing Donald Trump along with enlightening his followers.

— Alfred R. Waddell Hyannis, Mass.