LETTERS: Democrats’ condemnation misplaced

To the editor:

It amazes me to listen to Democrats condemn Republicans for shutting down the government. President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi have described Republicans as terrorists holding this country hostage. What the Republicans were trying to do is make the Democrats responsible for the debt they’re running up. What part of not having a budget do they not understand? Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi prefer an open checkbook and no sequester. Wasn’t it Harry Reid and President Obama who stated that they would not negotiate? Well, they didn’t negotiate, and we are stuck with that open checkbook and no one responsible for all of the giveaways.

The president ordered national parks closed and furloughed hundreds of thousands of government workers, but it turns out it was a paid vacation. The remaining workers ticketed anyone that crossed the line onto the people’s property But the president allowed undocumented illegals to parade through Washington and climb all over the Lincoln Memorial, while shutting the World War II Memorial to those who should be able to walk in any national park at any time.

The president claims he’s for the middle class, but that’s just another part of a campaign speech. As long as the teleprompters are rolling, he’s right on track, but let them go blank, and he’s stuttering and searching for an answer. If you want to know how the world views America, get your news from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Russia and China. We’ve become the laughingstock of these countries.



Hindsight is 20/20

To the editor:

If Ron Moers would’ve waited a little longer before writing his letter to the editor, he might have changed his mind about doing so (“Furloughed workers get paid vacation,” Sunday Review-Journal). He would have read Review-Journal columnist Glenn Cook’s Sunday commentary (“The GOP’s worst shutdown blunders”) and realized the foolishness of his letter. Mr. Cook’s views can hardly get any further to the right, yet even he realized that calling the shutdown something staged as a spectacle by President Barack Obama is ridiculous. He considers the shutdown the GOP’s worst blunder and writes that Republicans in the House of Representatives were to blame.

I’m not as hopeful as Ron Moers pretends to be about regaining this nation’s glory and dignitary. I do think the United States would be much better off if the Ron Moers of this country would open their eyes.



Stop the bickering

To the editor:

Please, stop all this bickering about who’s at fault over the shutdown and the government’s problems. All elected officials are at fault, President Barack Obama and Congress. It doesn’t matter if one is a Republican or a Democrat. No one has acted like a responsible adult, like someone we voted to send to Washington and make this country the great place it is or should be.

The hatred starts here in the daily letters to the editor, which contain so much hate. Opinions are like belly buttons: everyone has one. But can’t we express our opinions without so much hate? It’s OK to disagree, as an opinion doesn’t make one of us right or wrong. It just means we have differing opinions.

Think what a boring world this would be if we all had the same opinions. It’s time to start trying to write without so much hate and belief that your opinion is the only one that’s right.



True madness

To the editor:

Kay Elverum writes of the thousands upon thousands of babies and adults who die each year in the United States because they lack health insurance (“Shutdown and health care,” Sunday letters). She claims that the issue of premature death among these thousands of infants and adults due to the lack of health insurance was caused primarily by the government shutdown and nothing else. Not our runaway national deficit, nor our out-of-control need to borrow and thus raise our debt, nor the growing evidence that Obamacare was so fragmented as a passed law that it was unwise to try to implement it in its current, massively confused state.

Ms. Elverum’s research goes on to provide statistics from the Center for Disease Control and the National Center for Health Statistics that indicate 30,000 infants die in the U.S. each year, and many of those deaths could be avoided if Obamacare were available.

Ms. Elverum’s research and production of statistics accounting for the number of infant deaths annually in the U.S. doesn’t mention or seem to include infant deaths caused by abortion, a true madness that is not preventable by the adoption of Obamacare.



Anti-bullying campaigns

To the editor:

I’m not in favor of bullying. However, recent anti-bullying campaigns have had the unintended consequence of placing an inordinate value on words. When I grew up, we were told, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” What happened to that?

Now, kids are taught that if someone says something slightly offensive to you, you’re being bullied. This hypersensitivity is why kids are killing themselves over being teased. Perhaps if they were instead told words are no big deal, they would develop thicker skin. What’s going to happen to these kids when they enter the real word?

Again, I’m not defending children teasing other children, but you have limited control over the actions of others. As a parent, you have a great amount of control over how your children view things.



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