Letters to the Editor

May 24, 2010

Obama must quit blaming Bush for problems

To the editor:

I am not a fan of the policies of President Obama nor am I a fan of the direction in which he is taking the country. There are several facts to back up my opinions on his performance - largest federal budget ever, largest deficit ever, most worldwide apology tours ever, fastest dive in popularity ever, etc.

But I guess what has bothered me the most is the number of times Obama has blamed George W. Bush for his problems. Everything seems to be Bush's fault. When I look down over the list of promises that Obama has broken over the first year and a half, I wonder how his fans will blame Bush for these broken promises?

Obama broke his promise on putting bills on the White House website five days before signing them. He broke his promise on having health care negotiations broadcast on C-Span. He broke his promise on ending earmarks and his promise to keep unemployment below 8 percent. He broke his promise to engage in direct talks with America's biggest enemies, such as Iran. He broke his promise to close Guantanamo and to end no-compete contracts with the government.


I am sure that these broken promises are somehow George Bush's fault. Is it Bush's fault that we have no immigration reform? Is it Bush's fault that it took Obama 18 months to pass a health care bill that most Americans are still against? Did Bush somehow advise Eric Holder that we should try terrorists in New York City, or to try the Christmas Day underpants bomber as a civilian?

When Scott Brown won Edward Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts, Obama said this was the result of the same voter anger that swept him into office. So is he saying that it's Bush's fault that voter rebellion put a Republican in the seat that Kennedy held for 50 years? That seems really odd to me.

I am wondering when the period of hope and change that Obama fans voted for will begin and the blame Bush for everything period will end?

Bill Stryker Jr.
Waynesboro, Pa.

Artists, performers made ArtWalk a success

To the editor:

The Washington County Arts Council Inc. extends kudos to downtown Hagerstown's ArtWalk 2010. The collective effort of the business and art communities surely welcomed everyone to retail and service establishments, entertainment venues and restaurants.

Moreover, the council sincerely thanks all of the artists and performers for generously donating their time and talents to make this event such a success. It cannot go without saying that these added attractions were the highlights of the day.

Mary Anne Burke
executive director
Washington County Arts Council Inc.

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