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Letters to the Editor

September 18, 2009

Obama's performance isn't earning him respect



To the editor:

I'm really fed up with people saying, "The President deserves respect."

Everybody deserves whatever respect they "earn" ... and our current president's performance isn't earning him much. In turn, he and his administration show no respect for a majority of American citizens.

Among other things, he goes overseas and "apologizes" for us while Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and others here at home call us extremists, domestic terrorists, etc., merely because we express our concerns regarding their agendas and ask for straight answers.

I will not encourage my children to "blindly" do what their president asks, but rather, teach them first to question what it is the president is asking and why. Look at all those who voted for "change" without ever asking what kind of change he had in mind. Why didn't you ask those questions first and then evaluate the answers if you could get any?

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That's what I mean by "following blindly."

Barbara Murphy
Hagerstown




Signs, rhetoric against Obama aren't respectful



To the editor:

I recently encountered two people in front of a state agency who were passing out literature objecting to the health care reforms being proposed by President Obama. Their signs suggested that our president is a Nazi. I was appalled by the signs and their rhetoric.

Regardless of our political persuasions in this country and whether or not we agree or disagree with the current proposals, the fact is that President Obama is not a Nazi.

I spent 21 years in the military defending our freedoms, including freedom of speech, and each citizen has that right, even when their information is erroneous and cruel.

Regarding health care reform, I encourage all citizens to search for the truth, research the proposals, consult a variety of sources noted for their objectivity and then make an informed decision, not a decision based on fear and hysteria.

It seems ironic that President Clinton was not attacked in this malicious manner when he was attempting to pass health care reform. Are these kinds of attacks on President Obama racially motivated? It is a question that needs to be asked. If the answer for some is affirmative then we obviously have a very long way to go in America, the land of liberty and justice for all.

Last week, President Obama spoke to students to encourage them to make the most of their educational opportunities. As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, pastors or mentors, we do the same each and every day for students. Thankfully, some students were able to hear encouraging words from the president of the United States.

Retired Lt. Col. Carolyn G. Donegan
Hagerstown

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