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Updated: October 23, 2012 10:30PM

Time for new leader

I am tired of the excuses and the finger pointing and the blame games in this presidential election.

This current president has been in office darned near four years and has put our economy in a shambles. It was nowhere this bad when he took office. He is the one responsible for this mess and can look to no one else. Mr. Romney, running against him has not, as yet, come up with a plan that will pull us out of this quagmire. We want to hear more from him on what he plans to do. So let’s hear from you, Mr. Romney.

The whole Congress has a lot to do with the fix we are in. Why some cave in to the worst interests of the others blows the mind. So many say “fire them all.” It is something to think about, even though we know that cannot be done, except as term limits end.

Another glaring provocation is the race card. It is played so often, and so many otherwise smart people fall for it. It is an emotional stab in the back, and so many don’t seem to realize it. It is the policies, not the skin color.

When President Carter was unelected, and President Reagan became the new Commander in Chief, it was because Carter had failed miserably as president. Well, Obama has failed as well, and we need a man in office who knows and understands business. Public unions don’t put the bread and butter on enough tables. Big and small businesses do. Stop all the regulations on businesses, let them succeed and grow so they can make more and better products and hire more people to do that. That is how this country grows and expands.

Richard Sharp

Geneva Township trustee


Why change time?

We are rapidly approaching one of those two times a year when the Congress has started messing with the clock in order to conserve energy. We will now endure some extra time burning lights in the morning instead of earlier at night. Children will be out in the dark waiting for school buses of walking to school. Where is the conservation of energy?

If our trusted servants in Washington are so intent on deciding what’s good for us, why can’t they use some of their power to correct the oversights in messing with the resetting of clocks.

I am sure that I am not the only person who has purchased a digital clock or watch with the promise of never having to set it again, because a radio signal from our nation’s capitol will automatically reset the correct time, even after a power outage. Twice a year this feature is useless, because of the government’s change to extend daylight savings time. Why can’t they also change the date that this radio is sent to my clock, so that I am not looking at the incorrect time?

It appears that logic is not in their vocabulary.

Virgil A. Veach


No attacks after 9/11

Well, whaddya know? Three, count ’em, 1, 2, 3, responses to Lee Hoffer’s letter in which he says that there were no terror attacks on President Bush’s watch. Of course, we all know that the 9/11 attacks were just that, and the fact that Lee mentions it himself in the paragraph immediately preceding his statement should have been more than enough data for the average reader to consider the possibility that, oh, maybe what he meant to say was, “for the rest of his time in office.”

Instead of such reasoned thought, our responders say things like this: “One sentence discredits the entire letter and gives an insight into the writer’s thinking…” Another said that “…Unfortunately, the letter writer distorts history — unforgivably — by ignoring Sept. 11, 2001…” Both ignore the previous paragraph in which Lee talks of the 9/11 attacks.

The third letter writer says that, “…Blaming everything on President Clinton is just a cheap Republican way of shirking responsibility.” Yeah, right.

No, President Clinton is not solely to blame for the 9/11 attacks, but he did precious little to prevent the planning and execution of that dastardly deed. We and our interests overseas were the targets of numerous terrorist attacks all through his eight years in office, and how did he respond? Words. Empty threats. And yes, I believe President Bush had some level of warning about impending doom, but I have no idea if he did anything in response. If he did, it was clearly not enough.

That being said, his response afterward did stop the attacks for the duration of his time in office, and that, I believe, is the point Lee was intending to make.

John Babush

Big Rock

Surprised by columnist

At last Jeff Ward has written something with which I agree — his column of Sept. 30, 2012, entitled “Vaughn’s fatal vision: He was owed happiness.” But isn’t there some way Mr. Ward could find to blame Karen McConnaughy or the Republican Party?

Beth Todas

Sugar Grove

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