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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 11

September 11, 2012

Republicans embarrassed by former administration?

To the editor:

I’ve been voting for 40 years. I’ve watched conventions both Republican and Democrat. Being a Democrat, I have voted for Republicans before; I’ve always voted for the person or persons whom I believed could help this country and state. But I saw something last week I’ve never seen.

Only one person from the last president’s administration was invited to the convention. That was the former Secretary of State. Not one other was there. Not Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, Rove, Powell — why? Because they want everyone to  forget about those eight years.

Why? My guess is their policies. Let’s face it, they bankrupted the country. It’s not blame, it’s not saying it’s your fault. It’s a fact. Let’s face it. Romney and Ryan want to do the same thing. Plus, they want to get rid of women’s right to choose, cut food stamps, cut education and turn Medicare into a voucher system for people under 55. That’s fine and dandy unless you happen to be 54.

People seem to think just because Romney was a CEO he could run this country better. But the U.S. is no company; the U.S. is people. These are not liberal views that I’ve said. I heard Romney say what he was going to cut in the Republican debates.

And even Romney has said the economy improved — not much, but considering where we were three and a half years ago it’s better. There have been 4.5 million jobs added in three and a half years. For Bush, in eight years, it was 3.5 million total. So the GOP can crow all they want, but when you don’t invite anyone from the last administration to your convention, you either think they did a bad job or you plan on doing the same thing and want to hide it until Nov. 6.

Rodney A. Guessford
Hagerstown

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We can move forward if parties work together


To the editor:

I watched some of both conventions on television, Republican and Democrat, and believe we can still solve the problems facing our nation — if, after the election, our politicians stop the political posturing and work together for our country.

Social Security is a great program and so is Medicare; they just need to be monitored and carefully implemented correctly. I’ve just mentioned two programs that are very important but need to be funded by taxation and these taxes used for the intended purpose.

There are other programs like Medicaid and health care — in all the ways they are implemented to those who need it, we can make the necessary changes, and also make changes in creating more jobs, foreign policy and whatever — our politicians must work together for the good of our great nation.

Jack Myers
Hagerstown

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