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Updated: December 20, 2012 6:05AM



Obama’s second term won’t be marred by GOP Congress

The poor, the needy, the greedy and the rich have spoken loudly and clearly, electing Barack Obama for another term as president of the United States.

And for good reason. He hasn’t finished the work he set out to do because of a do-nothing Republican-controlled Congress.

But worry not; the Republican-controlled Congress will either have to shape up or ship out. No doubt in my mind, it will shape up.

If this Congress wants things done, it will have to work with the Democratic Senate, and that’s good for Americans looking for progress.

Donald Trump had ideas about using his money to run for president. Good thing he didn’t try; he would have been defeated, just as Mitt Romney was.

Big money was behind Romney, to no avail. Americans all over have sent a message to people of wealth: “The United States is not for sale.”

To all of you who supported Obama, thank you from the son of a coal miner and a former steel worker.

John M. Bonich

Crown Point

Conservatives’ negative comments easy to take

I don’t often save the opinion page, but I did keep the one from June 1, 2012.

Gary Ziolkowski, in a letter that day, touted his view that, “(Barack) Obama’s words and actions are finally being understood by the people who make an effort to be informed.” He predicted “defeat for the worst president since Jimmy Carter.”

As we now know, Ziolkowski’s crystal ball needs to be taken to the shop for repairs, and perhaps he needs to make an effort to be informed.

He claimed there was apathy among Obama’s followers, and there was the usual nod toward the accusation of socialism — the conservatives’ word for compassion. There was the predictable comment that the president had animosity toward our Constitution — and conservatives are generally constitutional scholars only if something doesn’t go their way.

Since June, the Republican Party has self-imploded on issues too numerous to mention in a 300-word-or-less letter.

Some of the “highlights” included a shocking disregard for women by some key Republicans, and the odd stance that people were being denied “religious freedom” — even though the yard signs all around the region had a check mark forming a cross.

Apparently, “religious freedom” was only a talking point if an American happened to be Christian. The last I checked, no one was being denied the opportunity to embrace any faith.

One of the unpleasant side effects of having your candidate win is having to endure four years of negativity from the other side.

But, when I weigh the value of a Romney-less White House to reading occasional nonsense from the right, the 2012 election is still a jackpot.

Mark Ashmann

Griffith



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