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Columnists detached from truth



Published: Mon, February 4, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Columnists detached from truth

Last Monday began with gloomy clouds overhead and rain that would take away any charm there may have been from recent snows. The dark mood was reinforced by opening that morning’s Vindicator to side-by-side commentaries written by Cal Thomas and George Will in response to President Obama’s recent inaugural address.

Both essays were filled with self-righteous platitudes that seemed credible when first proclaimed years ago but now mostly just raise eyebrows. Neither showed evidence that doctrinaire conservatives are ready to set aside their prejudices and see the world as it really is. Will’s assertion that, “happy days … are coming for conservatives” is just whistling past the graveyard.

Thomas seems equally detached from the truth. He cites a commentary by “the reliably liberal columnist Dana Milbank of The Washington Post,” published on Jan. 21, as evidence that the president’s speech “failed to rise to the moment.” Careful reading of that piece shows it to be a barrage of little digs at the President that no genuine moderate or liberal would have written.

Come on, Republicans! You tried hard for four years to destroy President Obama politically, and it didn’t work. All you accomplished was torpedoing numerous bills that could have benefitted our nation. More of the same will only do more damage. And don’t think that the American people won’t know that and vote accordingly in 2014 and 2016.

Robert D. Gillette, Poland

Actions, not words, reflect respect

In last Monday’s column, “One for the ‘herstory’ books,” the writer expresses the opinion that “we, the female people of the United States, would like to thank Obama because his use of female pronouns substantially outnumbered male pronouns [etc.].” She goes on to say “Women voted in droves for the candidate who treated women with respect.” Apparently her idea and my idea of respect don’t even come close. I am a woman, I am a Democrat and I didn’t vote for Obama.

The dictionary defines respect as a high or special regard. I do not feel that Obama’s vote to allow infants who survive failed abortion attempts to be placed on hospital shelves and left there to die is respect for life, be the infant male or female. This shows no respect for any life. Respect is not a word I would use to describe anyone who is taking away the constitutional rights of girls and boys by not adhering to our Constitution, which has given us all the freedoms we have enjoyed until his election. It is not respect for anyone — the young, the elderly, women or men — to undermine our doctors’ diagnoses. Obama will have a group of people with no medical background and no personal contact with the patient decide if a medically necessary procedure will be paid for by insurance, how long the wait would be, or if they would just give you a pain pill.

Our children, girls and boys, will be paying for his outlandish borrowing of money from China for generations to come. That’s respect? Our country has never been weaker in national defense. This makes us weaker both militarily and economically, and again Obama shows no respect for American women or men.

I hope to God that there are still people in America who are able to think for themselves without the media and all their bigotry to lead them. I pray they know it is under God that our nation was founded. He gave us Ten Commandments and His Bible. God’s words show how to respect everyone. Pronouns don’t.

Mary Lou Fuchs, Poland


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1cambridge(3109 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

mary lou I don't know what the fuch you're talking about and either do you.

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2DwightK(1304 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Mary Lou has some strange ideas about how the Affordable Healthcare Act works. Who is this mysterious "group of people" she is talking about?

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3peacelover(791 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

You mean like the "group of people" who work for your insurance company who have been doing that for years? I believe they are also known as bean counters.

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4redeye1(4714 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Hey Robert, If the GOP didn't torpedo these bills we would be so far in debt we would never see daylight again.
Secondly How come your demoncrats haven't passed a budget in 4 years? I'll tell you why , they just want to waste taxpayers money on stupid projects like the stimulis projects. Just look at I 680 to see such waste.So you should be thanking them, because your taxes would be so high , your take home pay wouldn't take you home.

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5kk80586(227 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Just so ya know Mary, not everyone is an obamabot on this board :) They just don't like opposing views or even voicing of opposing views. All they can do is hate. Good reply.

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6kk80586(227 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

hmmm, I just read it again, more carefully than the first time, and if you are saying that in that article above she "proclaimed to be a christian" then YOU are the liar. If you are saying that her opinion is not her opinion I would like to see your proof. Otherwise you are just an obamabot that discourages opposing views by shouting down or name calling instead of forming your opinion in an intelligent manner.

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