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Letters to the editor

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By The Staff

Let’s graciously

support the candidate

In last week’s “letters to the editor,” Helen Bader wrote in a very deprecating manner regarding the Democratic Party and Barrak Obama. She certainly has the right to air these perceived grievances and hopefully her input and the input of other women with similar ideas will make changes happen within the party.

She did present a completely wrong and bitter comment on Obama’s treatment of his mother for Mother’s Day. She indicated that he totally ignored her. Stanley Ann Dunham (Barrak’s mom) died in 1995 of ovarian cancer at age 53. This would make interviews and current photographs hard to come by.

I would suggest two books written by Obama: “Dreams From My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.” These books show him not as a millionaire in his early years but a hard-working young man with many self doubts.

Now that Obama has secured the Democratic candidacy and Hillary has very graciously expressed her full support of him, I would hope that others would do likewise. The other alternative is too horrible to contemplate.

Ann Peters

Oak Run

One or two terms

and that’s it

In the June 6 Citizen I enjoyed some letters and couldn’t believe the uninformed opinions in other letters. Kudos to Mr. Pixley and Mr. Farthing for their comments on the outrageous “Farm Bill” which Congress recently passed. Mr. Farthing went on to say “our uncontrolled and unaccountable federal congressmen are out of touch with us and with reality.”

Uninformed opinions include 1) Hillary Clinton wants to tax the obscene profits of the oil companies and 2) pure greed on the part of oil producing companies (Mr. Beckner’s column).

Congress doesn’t have a clue when it comes to oil. That was evident recently when they called in oil company executives for a “dog and pony show.” They don’t know that the Middle East has peaked in oil production and can’t produce any more.

They don’t know that developing countries such as China are bidding up the price on the world market. They don’t know that we have an oil field in Montana and North Dakota which stretches into Canada and has enough sweet crude to take care of our needs for 41 years.

They don’t know that they added to the problem by passing laws to protect the environment which make it impossible to build new refineries and illegal to tap promising oil off our coast.

There are a number of technologies to supplement and replace oil. Going domestic oil immediately (including clean conversion of coal to oil) will provide time for these technologies to fully develop.

Now to the crux of this letter. Both political parties have lost their values. They ignore what the majority of U.S. citizens advocate. This includes doing away with corn ethanol which has driven up food prices, securing our borders, and eliminating wasteful spending.

I especially liked the Marders’ letter which references a Web site where you can see how your federal and state representatives voted on issues (www.votesmart.org).

We have been inundated by and focused on this long-running presidential campaign to the point where we have lost sight of the real problem in this country – Congress. Congressional members will promise anything when they are running for office and then do nothing after they are elected.

If a two-term limit is the right thing for the president, then it should also be right for members of Congress. We know that a constitutional amendment for term limits for Congress will never happen.

So, the next best thing is to not vote for any member of Congress who has completed one or two terms in office. This approach is really critical over the next two years before the tax cuts expire.

The tax cuts have stimulated the economy by allowing small businesses to grow and allowed workers to keep more of their pay. If the tax cuts expire, “boomers” who have retired will really feel the pinch in addition to those who are still working.

Larry Davidson

OTOW

History of Palestinian

state not correct in letter

In your June 6 issue of the South Marion Citizen you published a letter in which the writer claimed that Palestine was a Muslim nation from 70 C.E. until 1948 C.E. This is not true. Since the Romans conquered Judea in 63 B.C.E., this area, which later was called Palestine, has never been an independent state.

It was always administered by other countries and never had its own government. It never was a state until, in 1948, the U.N. divided the area into two states: one Jewish and one Arab.

This way the Jewish state Israel was created. Unfortunately, the Palestinian Arabs, who never had any experience in self-government, did not form a democratic state.

Lothar Lack

OTOW

What does it take

to motivate voters?

The definition of motivation is: “giving reason to act, a reason or incentive to do something.” Perhaps one of the most compelling reason for motivation is the promise or expectation of a reward as a result of our actions.

Tangible rewards are very easily identified; a pay raise, an award of some nature et al, probably will suffice to motivate us to take some form of action.

Conversely, an intangible goal requires far more effort and dedication to cause one to initiate some corrective ploy.

Letters to editors, participation in quorums, informal discussions among friends, and reading help to identify problems that have a profound effect on the welfare of our nation. Unfortunately this is the easy part; motivating the public to take some action to correct such ills is by far the most difficult challenge.

Futility, apathy, other interests make reforms very difficult to achieve.

Wringing of the hands, verbal expressions of disgust and seeking a place to put the blame for an unsatisfactory situation does not replace a more positive approach.

Communications have never been easier thanks to modern technology.

Addresses of every member of Congress can be found in a matter of seconds on our computers. Their Web sites allow you to e-ail their offices and/or U.S. mail addresses so that we can make our thoughts and demands known.

It is true, far too few of our opinions are heeded by our employees, (congressmen), and replies are usually meaningless SOPs (something given to mollify an angry person).

That fact is no excuse for ignoring what should be viewed as our duty to defend our nation and its freedoms that we cherish.

The absence of any actions by us will assure us that nothing good will happen when it comes to correcting misdeeds and questionable maneuvers.

Collectively we can make our voices heard.

We will never survive as a nation until our government understands what we expect of them. We have every right to demand they govern sensibly and in a nonpartisan manner and for the common good, not to exhibit their greed by accepting exhortations accompanied by some material thing of value from special interests and lobbyists.

We must rise up and insist government abide by our rules. We can make a difference!

Don Pixley

Ocala

On our way to being

a Third World country

Recently U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson took a four-day trip to the Middle East looking for investors to buy America. He met with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, with hat in hand, and pleaded with them to buy American businesses.

The Iraq war and indiscriminate spending by our government has put America at risk and in jeopardy of financial ruin in the very near future. When you think about it, in just the past six years we have gone from the world’s economic leader to a country that has to beg and borrow money from countries that are not necessarily our friends, so that we can continue on with this stupid war.

We are actually paying these countries to help bankrupt America by buying oil at more than $130 per barrel (in 2002 it was $25 per barrel), which means $4 per gallon gasoline for our cars. Why are we spending our money to make the enemies of America rich when we have already spent over a trillion dollars of borrowed money to pay for the mistakes our government made by invading Iraq?

Iraq does have a way to pay us back and they should start by supplying us with discounted oil until their war debt is paid back to America. With Bush and Cheney both being oil people you would have thought that would have been uppermost in their minds.

I don’t remember America being told at the beginning of this war that our future as a prosperous nation was being given to Iraq so we could take their place and become the newest Third World country.

Jerry Segovis

OTOW