Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Ronald Reagan

Nov.
17th

BENGHAZI: Blame-gamers have selective memories

Do my Republican friends blame Ronald Reagan for the deaths of 200-plus Marines in Lebanon?

Do they blame George W. Bush for the 3,000-plus deaths on Sept. 11, 2001?

They do blame the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi on President Obama.

These deaths can be blamed on failure of the intelligence community and a dedicated and trusting ambassador who ventured into a hostile location without adequate security.

May
27th

CLINTON: Attacks are part of politics, so get over it

Re: “GOP: Start acting like responsible adults” (letter, 5-27).

The writer laments that Republicans are not acting like adults with respect to their treatment of Hillary Clinton. Although he gave no actual examples, he did reference at one point a May 16 column by left-wing extremist Eugene Robinson; Robinson had lashed out at Karl Rove for suggesting that Clinton’s health might be a concern, in particular, a concussion she suffered that her husband Bill Clinton said took her six months to recover from.

This injury was soft-peddled to the American people, and I would suggest that a concussion taking

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March
5th

MILITARY: Obama’s cuts weaken US defense

It’s not surprising that President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal guts the military. The Democrats have a reputation of being weak on national defense. Have the threats around the world decreased?

Obama is proposing to cut the Army from 522,000 to around 440,000 and reduce benefits for service members and their families. It’s unconscionable that he would make this proposal while we are still at war. Soldiers are coming home with missing limbs and PTSD. Does Obama really appreciate the sacrifices of the military and their families?

Military benefits compensate members for low pay, help maintain an all volunteer force and

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March
29th

OBAMA: Criticism of vacation out of bounds

At a time when his country is in such grave financial condition, should the president be flying around the country and playing so much golf?

I didn’t vote for him in 2008 or 2012, and I disagree with many of his programs, but for crying out loud the man is entitled to do what he wants with the little leisure time he has. Ronald Reagan liked to cut brush and George W. Bush put a lot of miles on his bicycle to burn off stress.

People want to see their presidents and like to know about their hobbies, and I

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March
4th

GOP: Tea party is destroying Republican Party

The art of politics has historically been defined as the art of compromise. The tea party apparently has a religious aversion to the word. Those such as Richard Lugar (a fine politician) who actually practiced compromise lost in a primary; the tea party doesn’t want them.

Now come issues such as the sequester. It doesn’t matter that it harms the country. The tea party doesn’t believe it. They believe taxes of any kind are a sin. To read Paul Ryan’s budget proposal with its draconian cuts to Medicare is shocking.

I guess they believe old people are disposable, no matter

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Sep.
28th

ELECTION: Republican record is revealing

With the coming election, we are facing a decisive moment in our history. I’m concerned because I am convinced that most of the voters who will determine the fate of all of us are politically illiterate. Many also lack historical perspective.

They don’t realize that the Republicans have had control of our government three times since the Civil War – and all three times have been disastrous.

The first was during the 19th century and gave us sweatshops, low wages, child labor and the blatant selling of the office of U.S. senator to the highest bidder.

The second was during

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Sep.
14th

OBAMA: Presidents deserve some free time, too

I didn’t vote for Barack Obama in 2008, and I do not plan to vote for him in November because I do not think that he has a realistic plan to turn our economy around, and his approach to foreign policy is weak and misguided.

Having said that, I flamed angry when I heard Sean Hannity taking him to task for taking vacation time and spending time playing golf and basketball.

Ronald Reagan and George Bush spent a lot of well-deserved time cutting brush and doing other work on their ranches to relax and replenish, and Bush logged in many

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Sep.
12th

ECONOMY: Reagan economics didn’t work so well

Re: “Reagan economics can work” (letter, 9-12)

Ronald Reagan’s economics really didn’t work because it required borrowing too much money. During his eight years, the U.S. borrowed nearly $2 trillion, tripling the national debt which had taken more than 200 years to reach $1 trillion.

Since then we have elected people who have continued to borrow money at a much higher rate than the increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), getting us into the problem that we now have.