Letters to the editor, November 25
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Updated: December 26, 2012 6:04AM
Obama cannot give in,
must learn to say ‘no’
Dear President Obama: Congratulations on achieving a second term. Obstructed by less-than-supportive House Democrats and a recalcitrant House tea party-Republican majority, your first term was a difficult slog. Although you still don’t have a House majority, you have a popular mandate and have been strengthened in the Senate. Now, it’s necessary to exercise some political muscle and not waffle under obstinate GOP pressure.
In the past, you often have relented under that pressure, but now it is time to say a resounding “no” when bullied by threats of “going over the (fiscal) cliff.”
No cuts in Medicare, veterans benefits or Social Security. No privatization of these services. In the past, you have said, “yes” and capitulated to these bullies, but now is the time for “no.” The people have spoken; they have given you the mandate to say “no.” Please heed these voices.
Bring soldiers home to stop serious crime in our cities
Chicago residents can’t be so blind that they can’t see they are fighting wars in two countries. It’s bad enough we have soldiers being crippled or killed in Afghanistan. But it is outrageous that we have children being killed on the streets of Chicago by gangs and drug dealers.
In a recent incident in Chicago, three young thugs beat and robbed a World War II veteran in plain daylight. Police officials can’t seem to stop the drive-by shootings and killings.
Chicago residents are asking the wrong people — our politicians — for help. They should be asking God.
If our leaders had any sense, they would bring our soldiers home to patrol the streets, instead of them being killed in foreign countries.
It seems our government and our incompetent politicians care more about saving foreign countries and their people than their own country and its people.
Americans better wake up and become their own government.
Petraeus not a man of honor,
and sets a poor example
I find it dishonorable that President Obama would laud David Petraeus as “one of the outstanding general officers of his generation,” when he has so woefully dishonored his wife, family, agency and nation.
Petraeus has not “made our country safer;” rather, he has despicably contributed to its decline by committing this terrible offense God would call an “abomination.”
I hope Obama limits his commendations to those who deserve to be honored, not those who have earned our disdain, dishonored so many and set such a poor example for our children and families.
These terrible offenses are what continue to destroy the very fabric of our nation and the principles upon which it was founded.
Thomas J. Worthington