You know how, after rain or a lot of damp weather, you suddenly find peculiar mushrooms in your yard or basement? You think, “Where did these come from?”

That’s not unlike what Donald Trump has cultivated here in America. Yes, the spores (budding bigots) were always there. But the rain or dampness (Trump) has created the perfect environment for their propagation.

Just as the lawn may need to be treated or a dehumidifier installed in the basement, America may need to do some major gardening or foundation work.

My apologies to mushroom lovers who find my analogy vulgar.

Barbara Conroy

Portland