Union Democrat staff

Republican rhetoric

To the editor:

Response to March 23 letters of Pettyjohn, DeFur, Kipp and Richardson.

The rhetoric about socialism, selling democracy, taking America back and nations falling reeks of Rush. You have become brainwashed by the right wing of the Republican Party. You think only of yourselves and to hell with everyone else.

How soon you forget the follies of the Republicans: Nixon, disgraced. Bush Sr., raised taxes. Just like the Democrats (where were you then?)

Reagan, he and his Republican Party deregulated the banking system. Guess who's now cleaning it up. Oh yeah, he caused the failure of Soviet Union. Result? Ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. Who cleaned it up? Bill Clinton and NATO. Democrat.

George W. Bush: Tax cuts for Americas richest. War in Iraq. Lied to the American people and world about WMD. Squandered billions in taxpayers money. Left the American people in debt up to their ears. And you all have the nerve to question our new president? What a shame.

Your problem is you lost the Presidential election. You lost to the smartest president since Kennedy, and you had no one running against him. And I mean nobody.

One last thought: The only death panels, that you all espoused, are the Republican obstructionists in congress who are against any health care for All Americans. These are the true death panels!

Jim Hassay


Community asset

To the editor:

I've worked for Wal-Mart for over nine years. I make a good wage and have never been on public assistance.

When I had a medical problem, and had to take an extended time off, I still had my job when I returned.

Due to another medical situation, I couldn't keep my position. But Wal-Mart found a new one for me, so I could continue to work there.

When I was a volunteer for Special Olympics a nonprofit organization, Wal-Mart donated money in my name to the program - and provided snacks and water for our out-of-county competitions.

Wal-Mart has donated to many other nonprofit organizations, and provided our wonderful men and women of the military, past and present, a special wall to display their photos during Veterans Day in November and receive free copies of their photos.

To expand and provide more than 80 jobs and groceries at lower prices - is that a bad thing? I think not, and 80-plus people would agree with me.

Wal-Mart is an asset to this community and I'm proud to work there with so many wonderful people!

Karen Atkinson


Wal-Mart issues

To the editor:

Because of the numerous responses to my March 19 letter, I feel I must respond.

First of all, I'd like to apologize to those of you who were offended. However, a business that sells products produced in another country is hurting all of us, denying us the jobs that produce these products. This bothers me, and if you stop and think about it, this should also bother you. It's getting later than you think in America because without jobs there is little hope for the future.

"Wal-Mart stores are designed to reflect the local community." Those are the business's words, not mine. Do not confuse income levels with style or fashion. Retail stores rate themselves by sales per square foot. I would be curious to know where our local store fits in that scale, because that's what determines the amount, type and quality of merchandise the store stocks.

As I said, I shop at Wal-Mart frequently, because Wenzel's, Mundorf's, Toy World, Oliver Hardware and Tots 'n Teens, along with a long list of others, no longer exist in this community.

William E. Freeze


Radanovich and health care

To the edtior:

In reference to the April 2 letter by Anne Faurote complaining about Congressman George Radanovich's vote against health care reform.

Rep. Radanovich, R-Mariposa, is not against health care reform. He is for responsible health care reform. The Obama administration wants to pick up whatever looks like or smells like health care reform, so they can throw it against the wall to see if it sticks. This is pretty much how the Obama Administration is run.

Americans, you had better start reading the small print. The politicians are banking on you're being too busy to bother.

Patrick H. Luepke