Letters To The Editor
February 18, 2009 - MidWeek
As an independent who voted for Barack Obama with both misgiving and hope, I must say that I am in rare agreement with Michelle Malkin - “All The President’s Tax Cheats” - about the nature of his cabinet picks. Surely there must be top people in finance and healthcare who do not owe the IRS back taxes or who don’t have other legal problems hanging over their heads.
It was this kind of poor vetting that led John McCain to choose Sarah Palin as his VP choice, one of the reasons I could not vote for him.
One can only hope that Obama is wiser about his economic stimulus than about his cabinet picks. After reading Arianna Huffington’s column “The Right Stimulus” on the adjoining page, I am not at all certain that he is.
Watada was right
This is in response to the Feb. 4 letter from Gene Tress about James Watanabe and George W. Bush.
Bush, by his own definition, was a terrorist. Our illegal invasion of Iraq, the abuse of our military as a WMD, the mass murders and other atrocities, the illegal, unjust arrest, detention (imprisonment) and torture of innocent people have created possibly thousands of new U.S.-hating Muslims.
We are at much greater risk of harm now because of our anti-Middle East and anti-Muslim attitudes and actions. The 9/11 attack was a justifiable retaliation for our previous terrorism in the Mideast.
Lt. Ehren Watada was correct in his position that the invasion was illegal and they all could be tried for war crimes. He offered to join the action in Afghanistan, which is just as dangerous as Iraq. He is no coward.
Bush should not suicide out. He, Chaney, Rumsfeld et al. should be sent to Guantanamo and be given the same torture that they applied to innocent people who were never tried or found guilty of any crimes.
Jade Moon hit the economic nail on the head in her column “Not Spending Makes Economy Worse.”
Yes, we need to save and conserve for a rainy day - it’s here - but if everyone stops going out to eat, for example, or stop shopping at local businesses, money stops circulating and those businesses have a better chance of closing or laying off workers.
In a truly healthy economy, saving is as important as spending.
Eight too many
Thank you to Bill O’Reilly for speaking up about the insane woman Nadya Suleman. The only thing more abusive than this unemployed mother of six giving birth to octuplets is the fertility doctor who made it possible. We can only pray for these babies, who will never receive the attention and care each child deserves.
Love and respect
What a wonderful cover story on six very different couples, “How To Make Love Grow.” The one thing I detected in each of these loving couples, and what keeps them happily married, is mutual respect. I hope one day my boyfriend and I can look back like that and talk about our years together.
Weird and stupid
Apart from the laughs it always brings, what I love about Chuck Shepherd’s Weird News column is that every week I’m reminded that there are a lot of people in the world a lot stupider than I.
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