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Israel’s challenge; Our do-nothing Congress; Anticipating racino; Where’s outrage toward tea party?

Published: Sun, July 20, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Israel must work to win the battle for hearts, minds of Palestinians

It seems to me that in the con- flict between the Palestinians and Israelis, Hamas is able to play Israeli leaders like a fine violin because of the ill-advised, wildly disproportional response to Hamas’ provocation by Israeli leadership.

While Hamas’ rocket launches certainly instill fear in the people of Israel, the vast majority of those rockets have been harmlessly destroyed by a very efficient Israeli defense system. With the exception of the tragic death of one man, Israeli civilians have not suffered casualties because of Hamas’ rocket attacks. On the other hand, the response by Israel has resulted in more than 200 Palestinian deaths, including women and children.

As a result, Hamas, with no small assist from Israel, ensures that Palestinian hatred of Jews only intensifies.

Because of the news media’s ever- increasing dependence on video scenes, the heartbreaking carnage in Gaza is a part of every newscast while isolated reports of Hamas rocket attacks in Israel only show people hurrying to bomb shelters. Around the world, newscast viewers seeing injured and dead Palestinian children can hardly be unmoved by the tragedy. Instead of the image of an Israel surrounded by countries that deny its right to exist and bent on destroying it, Israel presents an image of a heartless people who consider the killing and maiming of innocent civilians, including children, as an acceptable cost of demonstrating their military might.

Because of the Diaspora, Israelis, more than any people, should be able to empathize with Palestinian desire for a land of their own. Instead of fanning the flames of hatred by building more Jewish settlements in Gaza, Israel should be working honestly to provide a Palestinian homeland.

That Israel is threatened by anti-Semitic governments is indisputable, as is the fact that with U.S. support, the Israeli military is far superior to any of the hostile nations in the Mideast. But military might is of temporary, limited value if winning the hearts and minds of one’s adversaries is not given the highest priority. The sooner that Israeli politicians learn this lesson, the sooner the possibility of true peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Robert F. Mollic, Liberty

Let us count the many ways that Congress has failed Americans

It’s astounding to watch House Majority Leader John Boehner on the news preach about other people not doing their job. Talk about a reality check covering the do-nothing Congress.Apparently, his strategy not to bring any bills to the floor for a vote has worked for him and his colleagues. It’s quite obvious their only job is to obstruct anything this president would like to get done to move this country forward.

Congress doesn’t listen to the people and doesn’t care to. They said they don’t intend to do anything till after the midterm elections.

My question: What have they done? Nothing.

They tried to repeal the ACA over 50 times (where’s their compassion for millions of uninsured Americans?) Now Boehner’s using a different tactic — sue.

Maybe Congress needs to check the surveys of what the “majority” of people in this country elected them “to do”.

Jobs Bill:Congress says no.

Background checks on guns: Congress says no.

Extending unemployment benefits since last year: Congress says no. I don’t know how Congress sleeps at night on this one; at least Congress under George Bush passed this bill five times.

Raise minimum wage: Congress says no.

Immigration: Congress says no.

The list goes on and on.

The only “yes” vote from the Republicans in Congress was to shut down the government, costing taxpayers $25 billion.

The people who “gripe” about having a smaller government should not take Social Security and Medicare because you can thank the Democrats for establishing those benefits. The Republicans’ future plans: Abolish both.

So as long as the GOP (‘‘Grand Obstruction Party”) controls the House, buckle up; they will continue to take us on this ride down this road of gridlock and obstruction.

Carol Mikita, Hubbard

Looking forward to racino opening

As a close neighbor, I would like to thank Penn National Gaming for bringing a great entertainment center to our neighborhood.

On our daily walk, my wife and I would slip through the woods to peek at how things were going on the new racino. It was fun watching things progress.

I would also like to thank our representatives for their vision and hard work, especially Austintown Trustee Jim Davis for keeping the ball rolling.

As an old horse trainer and owner, I’m looking forward to live racing and the simulcast theater in our neighborhood.

My wife is looking forward to the one- armed bandits and fine dining. Looking forward to opening day. Again thank you.

Glenn R. Garrett, Austintown

3 cheers for 2 churches in Poland

I have been a part of a small but mighty band of Poland citizens who every year plan and conduct what we call “Celebrate Poland”. It is a wonderful and successful community event. This year we were very fortunate to have volunteers from New Life Church and the Poland Village Baptist Church. These good people deserve a great public “Thank you!” for their support.

Barbara Banks, Poland

Where’s the outrage toward racist, vile actions of tea party?

If I have heard the tea party Congress correctly the last few years, then they shouldn’t get a single woman, black, Hispanic, elderly, veteran, disabled, union, middle-class, teacher or college student to vote for them in November. It takes a lot of nerve to go out and ask for someone’s support whom you have been putting the screws to for the last four years. They do have a lot of nerve and a lot of corporate money thanks to the tea-party Supreme Court.

All you have to do is listen to House Majority Leader John Boehner and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and what they are trying to do to this country. If you are not among the rich or super rich, then they don’t care about your problems, and if you think they do then you have not been paying attention.

Have you ever noticed the kind of people that the tea party attracts? Let’s start with their leader, Rush Limbaugh; then we have Cliven Bundy, Ted Nugent, Phil Robertson, Ann Coulter, Glenn Back, and don’t forget the hate mongers at the tea party’s Fox News: Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Mike Huckabee and Chris Wallace. The list goes on and on.

There are a lot of people out there who haven’t got their heads screwed on right, and if they’re listening to all of the racist comments and the lies that are being spewed by these tea-party loyalists, then who knows what they are capable of. Just take a look at the two nuts who killed two police officers and a Walmart shopper. They were at the Bundy Ranch making anti-government statements. Where was Sean Hannity? He said he would stand with Bundy and people like these, but the most sickening thing was the placing of the tea party’s symbolic flag, “Dont tread on me” on the two dead police officers’ bodies along with the Nazi flag. Why would anyone want to attract and bring into the fold people like this? Sorry, I meant to say creeps.

Thank the Lord they are dead and not allowed to spew more anti-American and pro-Nazi garbage. Where’s the tea party outrage? You’ll never see it. They’ll just blame everything on President Obama.

Bud McKelvey, Hermitage, Pa.


1redeye1(5112 comments)posted 1 year ago

Hey Carol, How many bills has your bud Harry Reid stop from being read in the Senate? Way too many, but since he a member of Obammy's team along with peloser that must be okay with you. This congress I don't care which party it is, has done nothing! But at least I will blame both parties unlike you. You see its time for the American people to wake up and vote them all out! But that won't happen because the people of this country have become the puppets for their own party.

Hey Bud let's see what the demoncratic party has attracted to them gays, illegals , illiterates such as yourself. Jesse Jackson, the racist leader. Al sharpton the biggest race baiter and the list goes on and on.

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2steivo(540 comments)posted 1 year ago

Mr. Mollic,
You letter is a doozy. Do you really believe that it is Israel's fault that Hams is firing rockets into Israel? The rockets will stop soon right after Israel is done mopping up the Gaza.

Ms. Mikita,
What planet are you living on anyway? Dumbocrat Harry Reid has been the biggest obstructionist in the history of the country. His leadership style is "It is my way or the highway".

Mr. McKelvey,
I don't know anybody in the tea party, but I have not seen anything racist come from the tea party. Just because a left wing news media claims racism against any group that disagrees with their left wing agenda, it doesn't make them racist, even if they say it a 1000 times. This is the imaginary type of racism that exists only to further enrich race baiters who have become wealthy doing so. Can you cite even 1 racist comment spewed by Tea Party loyalists or do you just blindly accept it because MSNBC says so. Think for yourself a little bit. Cop-killers are terrible, whether thy are the ones in Walmart or the ones in Philadelphia.

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3lajoci(599 comments)posted 1 year ago

The Vindy posts 3 thought-provoking letters, and the usual suspects come out of their lairs to post ad hominem attacks, vitriol, spite, and innuendo about crayons and basements, and planets, as well as shallow defenses of their racist, bigoted, pea-brained fellow baggers.

Par for the course.

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4eagleye(59 comments)posted 1 year ago

Mikita must have just stumbled out of the Marconi Club bar again and saw some sunshine. Wow. Moron at work here. McKelvey: What can I say.....truly demented. Just can't pull his head out of Obama's rectum to save his little life. If not that, then both he and Mikita have been laying down together, opening their mouths and taking in the daily DNC talking points enema. They're both pathetic fools in search of their lost two living brain cells.

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5jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year ago

People like Makita, & McKelvey have no idea what's going on in this country. Absolutely NONE.

The people that McKelvey mentioned are all extremely successful. Rush ahs been on the radio for a 100 years. Is a multi multi millionaire. Oreilly has written many books, & every one has sold over a million copies. Oreilly has also raised over $25 million dollars to outfit every disabvled veteran with a Trac Chair. Can he name anyone who has accomplidhed that? Oreilly is the unquestioned #1 in cable news for 14 years running.

McKelvey is one of 7 people that watch MSNBC.

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6jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year ago

QUOTE OF THE CENTURY. Some possess the vocabulary to sum things up in a way we can understand. This is a quote from the former premier of the Czwch Repiblic. Obviously, we we have a lot of work to do to repair the damage they have done. "The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problen is much deeper and far more serious than Mr Obama, who is a more sympton of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confereracy of the fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their pesident.." VACLAV KLAUS


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7jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year ago

What McKelvey should be worried about is stupid comments by the likes of Pelosi & Reid.

Probably the most stupid statement, in the history of the US Congress, was made by Pelosi : "we must pass the bill to see what's in it."

And by Reid, "the Southern border of the US is secure."

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8redeye1(5112 comments)posted 1 year ago

lajoci What thought provoking letters are you talking about? I see three leftists written letters that prove nothing. But that the writers aren't to well informed. You know typical liberturds like you.

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9billdog1(3254 comments)posted 1 year ago

eagaleye, I take it everything is a democrats or Obammy's fault. Talk about laying down together, opening your mouth and taking in the daily GOP talking points enema. You're a pathetic fool in search of your last two living brain cells. If you believe for one second that this countries demise is all one party or the others fault, you need to get new meds from your mental health professional. Both parties have robbed the people of this country for so long that they set back in Washington laughing all the way to their bank in the South Pacific high fiving each other.

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10steivo(540 comments)posted 1 year ago

With letters like those, I am afraid their last two living brain cells have passed away.

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11eagleye(59 comments)posted 1 year ago

Well, Billdog, how about this:
Who ignored multiple warnings about Bin Laden? Clinton.
Who caused the banking crash? Democrats, starting with the Community Reinvestment Act in the Carter Administration. Go to Youtube and watch the Congressional testimony of Bush administration officials on record warning about Fannie Mae as early as 2002. They wanted it audited, and Barney Frank and Chris Dodd refused. They did this every year. Frank even told people to keep putting money into Fannie Mae while knowing that it was about to go under.
How about Obamacare? That's going well. Maybe the additional 11 TRILLION in debt that the Obamunist has piled on. That's going well too, right?
Both parties have major screw ups, but the Dumbassocrats win this honor hands down. There is no comparison.
Oh yea, what bank in the South Pacific are you referring to, since I've lived in the S. Pacific/Far East and South America. Care to provide facts?

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12billdog1(3254 comments)posted 1 year ago

eagleye, If you want to recall history lets look at Reagan and Iran Contra, Dubya and FEMA after Katrina, not putting two wars expenses on the federal budget, and those WMD, Nixon and Watergate. I could go on but I think that should cover it. I'm neither Retudican or Dumbocrat, but really love those that think one party has created the mess our country is in.

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13polhack(129 comments)posted 1 year ago

Amen bildog. Political parties are just a means of sorting voters into groups likely to believe one type of bs more readily than another. The problem is the ego, greed, thirst for power, shameless character, and inability to do anything of real use, all of which are common to the vast majority of politicians, that is taking the country to hell in a hand basket.

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14eagleye(59 comments)posted 1 year ago

Billdog1. Having served in the White House Military Office immediately after Iran Contra, here's news for you. Iran/Contra was directly related to the question of WHO conducts foreign policy. It happens to be the President. Weapons were sold to Iranian factions by way of the Israeli's, that we hoped would rise up against the Ayatolla. The money was to be used to support the Contras. Who made that policy? Reagan. Who can change it? Reagan.. or any other President. The current President is doing that now. The flip side was the fact that the D's cut off spending for the Contras who were in the middle of fighting Communists. Some faction killed a few nuns who were supporting the Communists.
Katrina: Fed/FEMA support ONLY moves into a disaster UPON THE REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE. The LA governor did NOT request federal support for weeks. New Orleans did disaster drills in the weeks leading up to Katrina and then failed to use the plans. They let hundreds of buses get flooded that could have moved people. Dubya moved supplies and support into position BEFORE the Governor got off her butt and asked.
Nixon: Please, give me a break. Ancient history, dude. Nixon resigned over a couple of boneheads breaking into the D party offices. His problem was not being forthcoming about it. The corrupt actions that this current administration is doing makes Nixon's wrongdoing look like a boy scout minor screwup.
WMD? I worked in that area during a 23 military career, and wrote a classified paper about using nerve gas in certain applications against Soviet Armored Forces in Europe. Saddam used Sarin on his people. He had the capability and materials to do it again at any time.
EVERY major government looked at the same intelligence, including all the Dumbocrat Congressional leaders and they all voted FOR taking immediate action.
In the weeks before the invasion, Iraq moved dozens of trucks under guard by his personal Republican Guard units into SYRIA.
Did you read the news accounts just last month about the current ISIS Terrorist Army seizing Iraqi storage bunkers with old WMD material in them????? The question was if the stuff was still any good, and would they use it NOW!!! Where do you think the stuff came from????? You can't search an entire desert. You can easily bury tons of stuff in the desert.
Why did they find trucks fitted with chemical equipment partially destroyed.
Saddam sought and previously bought Yellow Cake uranium from Niger, Africa in the past.
Why did captured Iraqi nuclear scientist tell us that they buried key nuclear equipment in their back yards so it wouldn't be found.
Saddam was providing terrorist training facilities in N. Iraq for Ansar Al Sharia.
Saddam allowed one of the most wanted terrorists to live and move freely in Baghdad for years.
I could go on with FACTS, but that never seems to get in the way of opinions.

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15jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year ago

Everything that is happening today is not necessarily the fault of Obama who too office on Jan 3, 2009. No, the trouble started Jan 3, 2007. That's when, both the House & Senate were mannedd by Democrate.

Pelosi became Speaker of the House, Reid the Senate, Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee, & Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.

Obama has added considerably to what Frank & Dodd started & now America is on the downfall.

Now what would you expect of a quartet like this?

These 4 took over in the last two years of the Bush administration, & while the liberals blamed Geo Bush for the start of all of our troubles, these liberals wer wrong.

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16jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year ago

My spelling, in the above post, is atrocious. That's what happens when a phone call interrupts my post.

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17jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year ago

This has to be the absolutely dumbest person to be in congress, or he has no clue. This is beyond belief, even for Washington. A kindergarten kid has more intellect, yet he was elected.


This guy is a Democrat. Do you believe it?

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