Letters to the Editor

October 17, 2009

Some people think president is not working for them

To the editor:

I raise money for an international charity in an outdoor area of heavy foot traffic. The white people nearby are either very rich, or very poor. I have a huge sign complete with pictures of starving children, and before the election of President Obama, people stood at my sign, applauded the effort, and perhaps donated before walking on. After Obama was elected, the unemployed white men would shuffle forward, stop and stare at the sign, look a bit dejected, then disgusted, probably thinking, "My skin's not brown enough, I'm not poor enough. Another club that doesn't want me."

There's a perception among poor whites that Obama doesn't want to govern, but rather, win some sort of international beauty contest at their expense. You know, another party where white people aren't invited. In reality, Obama has neither ceded territory nor signed a treaty that diminishes America's influence one bit. Obama has not handed over any military bases to the nations that house them nor has Obama cut deals that make it easier to import foreign goods. In fact, Obama nearly started a trade war in support of American tire makers. Honestly, Obama's never been a culture warrior for the left, never been the type of leader who won't sleep until every race and tribe feels represented at every table. That's just not been his thing.


But politics is perception, and working-class white people are convinced Obama is working for everyone but them. That's why I thought it was hilarious when the Nobel Committee chairman said that the Peace Prize went to Obama because of "realpolitik." Realpolitik, huh? By giving Obama this prize, the committee probably increased Rush Limbaugh's audience by a good 10 percent.

John Cerino

It's time to finish the job and pass real health care reform

To the editor:

Our health care system works better for insurance companies than it does for the American people. Tens of millions of Americans have no health insurance, living one accident or illness away from total financial disaster. Hundreds of millions of Americans who have insurance live with the constant worry that they might lose it if they move, change jobs or lose their jobs - or that their insurance company might cancel their plan when they get sick.

President Obama's plan will simply make insurance work better, by holding the insurance industry accountable. Under the president's plan, it will be against the law for insurance companies to:

Deny coverage based on a pre-existing condition.

Drop or weaken coverage when you get sick.

Place a cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime.

For the tens of millions of Americans without insurance, President Obama's plan will offer quality, affordable choices. The president's plan calls for the creation of a new insurance exchange, where individuals and small businesses can compare plans and buy the one that works best for them. President Obama believes that one of the options available in the insurance exchange should be a public insurance option. He believes a public option is a way to create more competition and ensure every American has an affordable choice.

We are closer now than ever to enacting comprehensive reform. An unprecedented coalition of doctors and nurses - and a huge percentage of the American people - are behind President Obama's plan. It's time to finish the job and pass real reform.

Reginald M. Walden Sr.

The alley behind the library needs to be repaired

To the editor:

This past week, I went to our wonderful library. I love to read and am so glad they have a wonderful selection.

I only have one gripe - when you park beside the library, you can only get out of the lot by going to the rear and out the alley.

This alley is in terrible shape and isn't it about time that it's repaired? Traveling over it is like traveling in a covered wagon! This is so close to the new arts and entertainment area; in fact, the library is entertainment for lots of people as they have not only books, but movies, too.

This city should be ashamed that this alley has been left unrepaired year after year.

Here's hoping my letter will draw this problem to the attention of someone who can get the job done!

P.J. Duffey

Society is to blame, not necessarily the parents

To the editor:

This is in response to the letter by Rosa Lee Meyers published on Thursday, Oct. 8.

I will tell you what has happened. Society, including teachers, has taught our children that there are no ramifications for bad behavior. And this starts young and is enforced at schools. I know this because as a parent of a very outspoken child, I had to deal with this over and over. I am not blaming teachers or schools; it's society as a whole.

Why can't they lose a game in sports at an early age, not make a team, or fail because the grades are not good enough? When they are adults, no one is going to say, "Well, you tried. Good job. You can start work tomorrow." Or, "I know you didn't know it was wrong, we will let it slide this time."

Sometimes when my son was "out of control" he was taken somewhere to be entertained. Now, I am confused: Reward him for his misbehavior?

So perhaps instead of ranting against the parents, someone should look into how many rights we have left. Parents are not running everything. We are not running anything.

I do believe in God. I believe many things need fixed. I believe we need our rights and lives back.

Ruth Moore

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