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Updated: January 12, 2013 6:03AM



Congress needs to shape up and do what Obama asks

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.

Members of the Republican-controlled Congress either will have to shape up or ship out. No doubt in my mind, they 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 soundly 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.”

John M. Bonich

Crown Point

Attack on American embassy is worse than Watergate

I remember years ago, before I really paid attention to politics, there was a presidential scandal called Watergate. Back then, there wasn’t the constant cable news like we have now.

I do remember the network news gave this a lot of coverage, enough that it drove a sitting president out of office. I remember how terrible it was at the time.

Now, we have another scandal that’s possibly worse than Watergate — the murder of an American ambassador in Libya, and no one but Fox is covering it.

The attack happened on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. Our ambassador, a State Department worker, and two Navy SEALS were murdered in what we now know was a terrorist attack.

When the story broke, the American people were told the four Americans were murdered because of a video that mocked the prophet Muhammad.

Then, the story started to unravel.

The White House sent Ambassador Susan Rice to reiterate the video story on all the Sunday news shows. Right after that, we found out our intelligence department knew within 24 hours, well before Rice went on TV, that it was a terrorist attack.

Still, the White House kept telling the American people different stories, and the news media concentrated on Mitt Romney’s statement about the apology from our embassy in Egypt.

We have now found out that our ambassador in Libya had requested more security because of the deteriorating situation there. Instead of sending more security, the administration recalled two security groups from Libya.

I remember Watergate being such a big news deal at that time, but it amazes me that no one wants to talk about the murders in Libya, especially when four Americans are dead.

Rick Powell

Griffith



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