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Letters 04-23-2012

- April 23rd, 2012  

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Can't handle the truth

The GOP cannot handle the truth. Here are the issues and facts that Republicans do not want you to know.

1. The Republicans are attempting to limit women’s access to health care, e.g. mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, and contraception.

2. Deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security in Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R) budget plan would be disproportionately harmful to women.

3. Ann Romney, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis, would not find free-market health care without Mitt’s millions; she would literally be unable to get health insurance in most states. and if she could she would pay an unbelievable price. What does that say about the remaining 99 percent?

4. The economy has added private sector jobs for 25 straight months.

5. The Republican budget enacts a drastic unspecified 19 percent cut in non-defense discretionary programs that help the middle class and help our economy grow.

6. Pete Hoekstra stated that the Ledbetter Equal Pay Act that ensures that women will get equal pay for equal work is a “nuisance” and would support its repeal IF ELECTED.

Ronald D. Dykstra • Beulah

Jesters insulted

As a peace-loving jester, I am insulted by Stephen Tuttle, who wrote, “Jesters have taken over the court.” For in the past, the jester was the only one who wouldn’t die if insulting the King about stupid wars, payoffs, corrupt policies, and poor leadership.

Today it is money that buys everyone off, even the courts, for judges and lawyers (our last resort) are needy too, and pass the buck to get in on being an elitist or rich. The rich now run everything and peasants can only dream of being an elitist/rich.

In my dealings in court, you are only judged in court on what you do, and how much money you have. This concept is accepted at all levels, along with prior scraps you might have not handled well, due to lack of knowledge or help (it only takes one time of not defending yourself like Jesus did to be a criminal forever).

Today the bullies run everything and accuse victims of all things making the truth sound funny. Just listen to the comedy channel, for all they do is repeat the lines our leaders give us! This is what a jester does, mock the current fools that lead us into more corruptions for that is the human naturecorruptions.

Please, Mr. Tuttle, do not derail us jesters by grouping us with these corrupt leaders that are on all levels in government, business, religions, media and popularity. I don’t find many who are good role models anymore that are rich.

We need more jesters to laugh off the silly policies, corruptions, and lies fed to us daily by our corrupt money system!

Bradford Krull • Glen Arbor

Republicans represent rich

It is my opinion that the Republican politicians solely and purely represent only business and billionaires. The last several months I have paid particular attention to these republican politicians, local, state, and national. Their blather about the economy and the cure sickens me.

It seems as of late they are almost hyperactive in their quest to push “business/ billionaire friendly” issues, while completely forgetting who they are truly supposed to represent: the citizens.

We used to have a “representative government” which represented “We the People.” Now it seems to me that the Republican Party represents only business and billionaires, at “We the People’s” expense.

True, business is important, but not so important that business requires massive welfare subsidies paid by citizens. The supposed “job creators” are not the businesses. Citizens are the true job creators when we pull out our wallets and purchase a product or service.

Starve us and we have noting in our wallet to create jobs. The republicans have it turned around, selling their “Field of Dreams” concept of the economy and many citizens are obviously fooled by this economic concept. We the People keep voting these Republicans/business represenatives into office. As a registered Republican and as a citizen who has held elected office as a Republican, I am ashamed of what this party has become.

Mark Greening • Kaleva

Conservatives for little guy

Stephen Tuttle cited two Supreme Court case results that he found objectionable in his column “Jesters on the Court.”

Since Mr. Tuttle has been writing for the Northern Express, I have found him to be generally an apologist for the liberal left. It is not surprising that he would show disdain for the Rehnquist court and the Roberts court.

However, readers may need to be reminded about who was in the majority of that outrageous 5-4 decision in 2005 that upheld the right of New London, Connecticut to confiscate private property to make way for another private development.

It was liberal justices Stevens, Souter, Breyer, and Bader Ginsburg, along with swing-voter Kennedy, who voted to strip private individuals in New London of their constitutional right to their property.

In their dissenting opinion, the conservative justices wrote: “Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random. The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms.”

It was the conservatives who were for the “little guy.” It was the liberals who thought that government knew best how to use people’s private property.

Scott Roelofs • TC

Pertinent questions

1. How many nannies, housekeepers, cooks, gardeners, drivers, etc. did Mrs. Romney have to help when she was raising her five sons?

2. How many of those five sons have served in the military and what was Mitt doing during Vietnam?

3. How many foreign cars do the Romneys have at their seven homes?

4. If Mrs. Romney doesn’t feel rich, then maybe she should give her money to the poor...

David Petty • Charlevoix

No 'War on Women'

Let’s look at this so-called ‘War on Women’ honestly, and intellectually. Anyone who runs for any political office doesn’t do so just so they can lose, so what candidate in their right mind from any party would purposely insult or infuriate one sex or the other?

Right off the bat, they would likely lose a good percentage of that sex’s vote, as well as many of their spouses and friends who would support them. Wouldn’t such a move all but doom their candidacy? So why keep running after such a gaffe?

This all started when the moderator at one of the debates asked Romney if the states had the right to ban contraceptives. Up until that time no one was even talking about the subject, as it wasn’t a “hot button issue,” the economy was.

If anything, this administration is waging a war on women. Look at the unemployment numbers, and the number of foreclosures of households with women as the mortgage-holder, all on the rise. At the same time you might want to look a the White House staff wages where women make 18 percent LESS then their male counterparts, yet only the Democrats have women’s well-being in mind.

Kelly M. Croff • Alanson

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