Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Paul Ryan

Sep.
26th

NFL: Remember, it’s just a game

I have been watching all the news about the substitute NFL referees and all the turmoil caused, especially since the Monday night game where the Seattle Seahawks won. I think we should all remember that in the end, it’s just a game.

Referees in other countries get threatened, assaulted, and even killed for making bad calls. This is especially true in countries where soccer approaches the level of a religion. I think berating the refs on national TV is irresponsible and dangerous. Even Paul Ryan and the president chimed in. Vegas book makers added that the blown call resulted in

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Sep.
24th

ELECTION: GOP out of touch with average Americans

With the addition of Paul Ryan to their ticket and the predominance of tea party thinking, the GOP has moved so far right that it has lost touch with the average American.

The Republican positions on women’s reproductive health care; same-sex marriage; immigration reform; increased Pentagon spending; and decreased spending on education, transportation, infrastructure and health care are all contrary to emerging thought. These positions reflect a timeworn mentality.

Whatever happened to Republican moderate conservatism – the kind of conservatism that is needed to provide a healthy balance as our elected officials consider legislation? Now we have a Republican Party

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Sep.
21st

ELECTION: Liberal media giving Obama a pass

Consider this scenario: John McCain, a Republican, was elected president in 2008. After nearly four years he presided over a sluggish economy, added $6 trillion in new debt, the national debt is now $16.4 trillion and growing, spending is out of control, the number of food stamp recipients has doubled to more than 43 million people, our economy is heading for a fiscal cliff, job growth in anemic at best, unemployment is more than 8 percent and our foreign policy is in shambles.

Sound familiar?

If this were the case for McCain, the mainstream media would tear him to shreds

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Sep.
11th

ELECTION: GOP would dismantle nation’s safety net

Re: “Give Romney four years” (online letter).

On a Third World avenue, I’ve seen disabled beggars three rows deep pulling themselves on wooden pallets while, in hills above, the ruling class dwelt in walled villas guarded by guns.

There was no middle class, just rich and poor, and a thriving black market. Only elites could afford quality food, water, education and medicine.

This could be America in 25 years under the Ryan-Romney budget, which dismantles every safety net this nation took a century to build, cutting programs for vets, children in Head Start, the disabled, the elderly and low-income

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Sep.
5th

ELECTION: Choice between unfocused or unfettered

Wednesday’s editorial pages featured some really well-thought-out columns by Paul Krugman and David Brooks.

Brooks takes President Obama to task for some failures in the actions/goals of his administration.

On the other hand, Krugman makes some very good points about the apparent smoke-and-mirrors claims that the Romney/Ryan campaign is indulging in.

However, the really significant item on those two pages was the editorial from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. I agree, there is simply no explanation for the sudden rise in gas prices other than greed and power. Who directly controls the price on the pumps day to day?

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Sep.
4th

ELECTION: Give Romney and Ryan a break

Please give Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney a break; they’re handicapped by their backgrounds and forgetfulness.

Romney’s special lifestyle has limited his contact with those truly in need. He cannot be blamed for wanting to dismantle the health care, education and support systems of those living outside his gated compound.

Ryan conveniently forgets his teenage years, when he banked Social Security survivor checks to pay for college. Today, Ryan writes that government assistance checks breed “dependency and complacency.” After having benefited from the safety net, Ryan would yank it out from under you and me. Of course, he later married

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Aug.
31st

GOP: Candidates bank on uninformed voters

Not only do we have to listen to the outright lies during the Republican convention from speakers like Paul Ryan but then we also hear from Mitt Romney’s pollster Neil Newhouse that “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers” (Eugene Robinson column, 8-31).

How arrogant!

The problem is that so many voters today get their information from sound bites and thus can easily be mislead by speeches which both sides make and which might distort the facts. Fact-checkers serve a good purpose to help us get better informed.

A well-functioning democracy needs well-informed citizens. The

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Aug.
30th

ELECTION: Romney-Ryan would scrap safety net

As if the negative political ads aren’t enough, now a county judge in Lubbock, Texas, predicts possible civil war if President Obama is re-elected.
His name is Tom Head, an extreme conservative of the GOP machine.

These remarks hit me rather odd, because that is exactly what I was thinking if Mitt Romney becomes president and Paul Ryan vice-president. The protesters would win a civil war because there are a lot more angry 99ers than the greedy 1 percent group of multimillionaires and billionaires.

The poor and middle class will not stand silent. That is because a Romney-Ryan ticket

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