Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Mitt Romney

Nov.
6th

ELECTION: Republicans have a new tactic

Since observing Mitt Romney’s campaign, I see a new tactic taken up by Republicans in campaigning as well as in comments submitted to newspaper blogs: Ignore the truth.

The best example is the continual moaning of the conservatives about President Obama’s statements (or lack thereof) about the violence at one of our embassies. Anyone with a beating heart and the ability to open their eyes observed the president, on video, stipulate that terrorists and/or terrorism was responsible, yet the conservatives continue to bleat that “Obama didn’t say anything about terrorism for 14 days,” or something equally as ignorant and childish.

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Nov.
1st

ELECTION: Sandy shows Obama at his best

Hurricane Sandy roared in with unimaginable fury before the 2012 election. President Obama suspended campaigning, stepping up with decisive, steady leadership. He is working tirelessly with state governors to repair the destruction. It is inspiring to see him and Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey collaborating to help the millions who are suffering.

Hurricane Sandy highlights some campaign issues. On the right, some want to shrink government down to the size of a pea. Yet when something occurs like Sandy, we see that an effective, strong federal government benefits us all. United we stand; divided we fall.

However, in

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Nov.
1st

ELECTION: Would Romney be Norquist’s puppet?

I’m surprised that the Democrat campaigners have not reminded the electorate of the widely televised comment during the Republican primaries by Grover Norquist. The ultraconservative no-tax guru proclaimed that the country only needed a president with four functioning fingers and an opposable thumb.

He obviously referred to a puppet president who will sign what he’s instructed to sign by the Republican operatives we’ve known well. A vote for a hollow Romney is a vote for McConnell, Boehner, McCain, Rove, Cheney, Norquist, maybe even Palin, ad nauseum.

Oct.
31st

POLITICS: We need to get back to true American liberal values

Re: “Obama wins, small stuff happens; Romney wins, it’s big stuff” (David Brooks column, 10-31).

Brooks champions political moderation. He notes that Mitt Romney has lately flip-flopped once again to pander to moderates (and this is why we should vote for him). Yet Romney’s latest etch-a-sketching notwithstanding, moderation is dead in the Republican Party.

Social conservatives and corporation conservatives have a strangle-old on Republicans, and neither tolerates the slightest disobedience. The SoCons want to drag us back to the 1950s (before civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, etc.), while the CorpCons yearn dearly for the 1880s, the Gilded Age

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Oct.
31st

TAXES: Petterfy should seek return to 1965 levels

Thomas Petterfy, a Hungarian immigrant and Wall Street billionaire, has inundated our television with political ads with a simple warning: Unless we vote Republican, we will turn the United States into the depressed communist Hungary of his childhood.

In 1965, Petterfy fled Hungary for America – a country that he fantasized about since he was a boy. In 1965, about the same time I came to America, the highest marginal tax rate in this country was around 70 percent, which means that successful entrepreneurs – those like Petterfy – had to reinvest much of their wealth in the country and

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: Don’t waste vote on the failed two-party system

The major party presidential candidates take basically the same side on most issues. They argue who will spend the most on the military, who will create the most jobs and who will give the most benefits to their favorite constituencies. Both want to increase spending and reduce taxes. Neither of them talks about where the money is going to come from.

Libertarian Party candidates Gary Johnson and Jim Gray offer a meaningful choice. They will bring the troops home to defend our country. They oppose bombing Iran, the failed drug war, the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act.

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: Give Green Party candidate a look

I wish I could vote, but I’m only 17. I care so much about this election because it can be the difference between good and evil. The next time I’ll be able to vote, one of the candidates probably won’t be running again.

Who you ask? Barack Obama? Mitt Romney? No, Jill Stein.

You probably don’t know who she is, because I didn’t even know who she was. She’s a Green Party candidate who probably appeals to a lot of the public, but no one is aware of it because she isn’t in one of the main parties.

I think

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Oct.
31st

SANDY: Storm proves need for federal help

Though a citizen of Tacoma, I was raised in Philadelphia, spending summers at the Jersey shore. It breaks my heart to see the devastation there.

Watching President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie respond to this disaster demonstrates just how irrelevant Mitt Romney is now.

Romney and Paul Ryan disdain the very concept of federal assistance, which my friends and relatives in Jersey desperately need. Romney would break our public labor unions, eviscerate the Federal Emergency Management Agency and “privatize” emergency aid, throwing us to the mercy of corporate scalpers.

Incidentally, FEMA only has 7,000 full-time employees and regularly

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