Letters to the Editor

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Tag: politics

July
7th

ELECTION: Does honesty make any difference?

If I asked people whether they would vote for a dishonest politician, I’m sure they would say absolutely not. Yet millions of Democrats are willing to vote for Hillary Clinton when she played a role in President Obama’s Benghazi cover-up, which was essentially a lie.

We already know Barack Obama hasn’t been truthful with the American people. Remember the shovel-ready jobs, the promise that you could keep your health care plan and al-Qaida is on the run? All untrue.

In the case of Benghazi, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told the president within hours that the attack was in fact

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May
21st

POLITICS: Liberals lost the ‘War on Poverty’

The protests and riots in Baltimore are just one example of failed liberal governance/policies.

Democrats have been throwing money and social service programs at poverty for years, and the poverty rated has not decreased. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1965 study pinpointed the problem: a breakdown of the black family. Liberals denounced him as a racist.

Recently, a letter writer (TNT, 5-6) asked progressives to apologize for their failed policies. His letter was called “openly racist” by another writer (letter, 5-9). It’s hard to accept the truth.

Without the minority vote, Democrats can’t win most elections so they continue on

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March
16th

DEMOCRATS: Governance hurts American prosperity

Ever since the 2014 election, the Democrats and the liberal press have been saying that Republicans had better show the can govern. Really? So if Congress doesn’t pass President Obama’s left-wing agenda, “Republicans unable to govern” will be the headline?

How well have the president and the Democrats governed? Obamacare was rammed through Congress over the objections of the American people and was built on a pack of lies (Johnathan Gruber was the smoking gun). Our foreign policy is a mess, and we would almost be energy independent by now if Obama and radical environmentalists hadn’t had a war on

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Jan.
14th

POLITICS: Nothing new in politicos’ dysfunction

Re: “Psychological polarization grips Washington” (Michael Gerson column, 1-13).

Gerson contends that the polarization in Washington, D.C., seems more psychological than ideological. This mindset causes both parties to not view themselves as losers, even when they lose.

Wow! Maybe they stole a page from Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys playbook.

Gerson also muses that, faced with ambiguity, politicians tend to believe what they want to believe. Nothing new here, as one sage observed that most of our so-called reasoning consists of finding arguments to go on believing as we already do.

Oct.
31st

ELECTION: ‘Tis the season to stretch the truth

It seems there is bipartisanship somewhere in politics: Both parties — and their supportive organizations — seem to equally stretch the truth (lie) when it comes to their opponents’ positions, interviews and voting records. It has become so much more difficult to believe anything that any candidate has to say about anything.

Thank you, News Tribune, for your excellent investigative reporting contained in the Political Smell Test articles. I find myself reading them completely,and will use the information as one of many criteria while filling out my ballot. The articles alone are worth my yearly subscription.

Aug.
25th

POLITICS: GOP control bad for workers

An independent study revealed a correlation between reducing unemployment and increased use of food stamps.

When people take low-wage jobs or are underemployed – largely resulting from loss of employment starting about 10 years ago, and with more and more people taking low-wage jobs and lower-income families living on income from one family member – reliance on food stamps goes up. In both cases the underemployed are taking food stamps to provide needed family subsistence.

Underemployment is especially important because of legislation (SB 6307) sponsored by Republicans during the last session to preempt every local attempt to improve working conditions.

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Aug.
18th

ELECTION: Voters need to be more engaged

In the November elections, roughly 41 percent of older Americans and 21 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds will vote. Americans are too comfortable leaving governance to “professionals.” It’s time to engage their congressional offices at home and in D.C. to better understand what their government does.

I joined the Navy in 2001 and suffered from civic apathy. Today, I’ve found that ignorance is not bliss. Federal politicians impact the lives of 2,266,883 people, including me – determining every aspect of our lives.

Sequestration is not just a word; it’s the reality of less training, reduced maintenance and older facilities. To

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