April 11's Letters to the Editor
January 3, 2007, democrats took over the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. It is a day WE THE PEOPLE gave the United States its first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. The democrats not only selected Ms. Pelosi as their Speaker but they selected Barney Frank to head the House Financial Services Committee (Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac) and Christopher Dodd to head the Senate Banking Committee (Lehman Brothers/Wall Street).
It took them some time, but after a few years of their give-away programs, regulations and ‘oversight’ the American economy had a meltdown. What part of the economy had the meltdown? Who in Congress and the Senate had oversight? Remember when you hear the coined phrase “I inherited this mess,” that from January 3, 2007, the mess would have been a self-made mess. Also remember Congress controls the money, they propose budgets, the senate votes on the budget, sends it to the President who either approves or vetoes it.
In 2007 the democrats held the majority in Congress and the Senate but instead of sending a budget to the President they continued to pass continuing resolutions until they got to a timeline where they could pass a massive spending bill (that they called a budget) that they sent to the Senate (which included Barak Obama and Sherrod Brown), then it was sent to the Whitehouse. However, President Bush wasn’t in the Whitehouse, Barak Obama had been sworn in by that time. Barak Obama signed that massive spending bill. So when you read or hear “I inherited this mess” from ANY democrat, it is an outright lie.
Before January 2007, the GDP (how fast the economy was growing) for the 4th quarter 2006 was 3.5%; (for 2011 4th quarter 2.8%). The Unemployment rate for January 3, 2007 was 4.6% (March 2012–8.2%), the number of unemployed persons was 7 million (March 2012 12.7 million). The unemployment rate for adult men (4.1%) (March 2012–7.6%), adult women (4.0%) (March 2012–7.4%), teenagers (15%) (March 2012–25%), whites (4.1%) (March 2012–7.3%), blacks (8.0%) (March 2012–14%), and Hispanics (5.7%) (March 2012-10.3%). The long term unemployed (jobless 27-weeks or over) was 1.3 million (now 5.3 million).
We are told we have been driven into a deep ditch, the ditch was deeper than Sgt. ‘they’ thought. Apparently ‘they’ did not revere our great country the way God intended for them to, nor did they fear God the way they should have since ‘they’ have taken Him out of our schools, out of our government, and are now trying to take Him out of our churches.
It is time we take ‘they’ out of our government and replace them with God fearing men, if we can find any the likes of who wrote our founding documents. It would be a good start; if it isn’t already too late.
Cindy Fricke, Mt. Gilead
To the Editor,
I was appalled by Commissioner Tom Whiston’s reaction and comments to Sheriff Steve Brenneman during the monthly Elected Officials meeting. According to the county budget article, printed in last week’s Morrow County Sentinel, the meeting was called to give the elected officials an opportunity to express their thoughts on the final general fund budget. Sheriff Brenneman expressed his concerns that there will be a cut of 11% in enforcement, and the jail by 30%, while other agencies received insignificant reductions. I question Commissioner Whiston’s comment that, “If you have concerns you need more money, we’ll simply ask you to explain what department we need to take it from to move it, because it’s all spent”.
The sheriff’s concerns seem to be legitimate, and the commissioner really needs to work with all the elected officials to determine the effects the cuts will have to the Morrow County citizens. Sheriff Brenneman is expressing his concerns the cuts will have on the service his department performs. The commissioner should provide a proper explanation as to why the sheriff department’s budget was drastically cut. The sheriff should not solely be responsible to determine what cuts should be made to other departments.
I believe it is the responsibility of the County Commissioners to allocate funds to each of the county departments. The commissioners asked for comments, and should research any concerns the elected officials have in order to minimize the risks to the county citizens. Safety should be considered for the county citizens outside the village, as well in the city. The drug problems have increased within the county, and proper police protection is required to protect those that could be affected by crime. This is a concern I have, and would like to hear the commissioner’s justification as to why the Sheriff’s department is being cut so drastically.
Janice Hutton, Cardington
Editor’s Note: After that article was printed, Sheriff Brenneman remarked, “I wanted to clarify my remarks from the elected officials meeting regarding budgets. I guess I inferred that no one else received a significant cut in their budget. [A certain official] has written me a letter expressing his “surprise” at my comments and found them “disturbing and unfair”. He is right, they were unfair to some agencies. The Treasurer’s Office received a 17% cut. [That office] is going to have a hard time this year. My remarks were for those that received next to no cuts or got additional money. The Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility get about 20% of the General Fund Budget. Our cuts this year total $287,109 which makes up 71% of the total $403,032 that was cut this year.”
I am writing in response to Nelson Hack’s recent letter asking “where is the outrage?” I am outraged! Outraged with the entire current political scene. Outraged by the finger pointing and the name calling. Outraged by the cries of “the sky is falling” in order to advance a political view. Outraged by the lack of unity within the political parties and between them. Outraged that those elected to represent us are more interested in getting rich and re-elected than coming up with solutions to this country’s problems. Outraged by the lack of respect for the office of our presidency.
Mr. Hack states that progressives have teamed up with big unions, Muslim extremists and the United Nations Agenda 21. How does one team up with a United Nations Agenda? This kind of statement is a perfect example of what outrages me.
If Mr. Hack and his fellow TEA party members would like us to join them, here are my suggestions:
1. Come up with a clear political agenda. The Tea party appears to be for change. Change for what? From what I’ve seen, it looks like more of the same name calling and finger pointing. Give us your top 5 political issues (the economy, war in Afghanistan, education, national security etc.) and tell us in a precise, cohesive and non-inflammatory way how the TEA party would fix those issues.
2. Explain, again in a precise, cohesive and non-inflammatory way, what you see as the greatest threats to our freedom. I want to see facts. And I want to see solutions. It is so easy to yell that the sky is falling, and much harder to figure out how to keep it in place.
3. Show us how you are different. The greatest changes in our country have come from grassroot political movements. (Think women’s voting and civil rights.) They spoke as one voice to educate the public and asked them to join in to make a change. If you want to effect change in America, show us how you would do it.
4. Don’t insult those of us you want to join you. Our political views may not be the same, but we all love our country, our constitution and our freedom.
Meanwhile, I will be exercising my right to stay home, drink Starbucks and watch reality TV.
Lisa Townsend, Cardington
I am writing regarding the letters written in response to my letter on the Rush Limbaugh controversy concerning the debate on women‘s reproductive healthcare and contraceptives. First I would like to applaud Mr. Mills for having the courage to state that he did not take into consideration the health benefits of contraceptives. While we disagree on the religious/government issue, it took courage to state this and I thank him for that.
As for the letter by Ms. Fricke, it was filled with inaccuracies and a personal attack in regards to my Christianity. I will address that issue first. I am offended that she edited my comment and skewed it to appear that after using the conjunction “but” I negated my Christianity. Perhaps I should have used the conjunction AND however, NOTHING I stated after “but” negated the fact that I am a Christian. To imply otherwise, when she and I have never even met, is not only discourteous but a common bullying tactic often used when one doesn’t have facts to back a claim in an effort to silence another.
I will not list all of the inaccuracies in Ms. Fricke’s letter. She makes several assumptions, one being that I have not done my “research“. What I will say is that it is apparent that UNLIKE me, she did not watch the hearings chaired by Congressman Issa and aired on CSpan, UNLIKE me she did not listen to the testimony provided by Ms. Fluke. Here are the links to those hearings for your readers to investigate for themselves: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing: http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/lines-crossed– separation-of-church-and-state-has-the-obama-administration-trampled-on-freedom-of-religion-and-freedom-of-conscience
Ms. Fluke’s testimony as presented to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee:
As for “the Democrats” not giving Chairman Issa the required 72 hours notice, I find this disingenuous considering the Republicans added 2 panel members themselves the morning of the hearing. As an aside, I am familiar with the committee rules as my good friend’s father; ® Congressman Dan Burton of Indiana was chairman of that committee for many years. I attended numerous hearings in DC from 1999 to 2003 during his tenure as chairman. I witnessed the change of speaker’s last minute as that is left to the discretion of the Chairman. The 72 hour rule used by Chairman Issa seems to only be played when it is the opposing party. I understand that the Chairman’s hearing was on the constitutionality of the mandate, however, to NOT consider the affects on women’s health and access to healthcare is irresponsible.
She states, “It amazes me that an unmarried young woman… would go to the United State Congress to discuss her need for contraception, tell them she is unwilling to work to pay for it…” What amazes me is how presumably educated people can’t comprehend that Ms. Fluke was not speaking on behalf of herself but a group of woman, some of which ARE married, to explain the need for contraceptives to be covered especially for medical reasons. Also Ms. Fluke never said she was unwilling to work (Rush claimed she said that)
I can not comprehend that anyone would be fine with the same insurance covering the need for Viagra (again for men married or not) but have an issue with a young woman needing contraceptives for treatment of ovarian cysts or endometriosis. I do not understand how providing Viagra to unmarried men is not against their religious beliefs but providing medication for the treatment of ovarian cysts or endometriosis etc. IS. An additional disagreement I have to the religious belief’s points are that IF religious institutions want to dictate their beliefs on health insurance, then they must separate themselves by not accepting Federal funds in the form of student loans etc. They need to be consistent in their stand. They also need to apply their beliefs equally between men and women. As for “the morning after pill” this is used mainly for rape victims. To put them through the trauma of possible pregnancy following a rape is callous. As a victim of rape, I was grateful for the morning after pill’s availability. As a nurse, I believe that imposing ones own religious beliefs into healthcare and insurance coverage are dangerous medically.
In regards to her claims of Rush Limbaugh’s accuracy, again Ms. Fricke assumes I did not research his show. For the past few years I have listened to as much of his show as I can tolerate. Each time I research his “documentation” I have found it to be misleading or completely fabricated. Again, research for yourself. The Pulitzer prize winning newspaper The Tampa Bay Times has a division that researches claims made by Government officials, Organizations, political pundits etc. It is called Politifact and can be found online at: http://www.politifact.com A published report by them on ALL of the political pundits from both the left and the right found Rush Limbaugh to be the least accurate at 37% accuracy. Over the past few years I have heard Mr. Limbaugh mock the disabled, special needs children, the Japanese earthquake victims and a multitude of ethnic populations. I have heard him defend Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony, who is responsible for over 30,000 kidnappings and murders of children, and I heard him request of Ms. Fluke videos of her engaging in sexual acts for his enjoyment after he called her vulgar names. While I do not condone anyone using vulgarities towards anyone, Ms. Fluke is a private citizen who was subjected to Mr. Limbaugh spewing slanderous putridity over a 4 day period. To refer to his comments as “inartful” is a prodigious understatement. Also comparing his comments to one time statements by others, one of which a comedienne, is absurd. Rush’s show is offensive, disgusting, hate filled rhetoric and is far removed from any level of respectability. It is, in my opinion, certainly not a show that any decent person should take pride in supporting.
Donna Carver, Mt. Gilead
Editor’s Note: I was negligent in our Letter to the Editor policy of not running “letters that deal with private disputes or contain criticism of private individuals” when I allowed Ms. Fricke’s statement “regarding Ms. Carver’s Letter to the Editor, it always has troubled me when I read, “I am a Christian myself but…“ You either are or you are not, there should be no “buts” about it” was a personal criticism and should have been edited. Ms. Carver has my apology for the oversight.