Union Democrat staff

Obama's record is questionable

To the Editor,

Are they brain washed or stupid? I don't understand how someone can be so adamant about a political candidate, but yet know very little about him.

I have many progressive friends and I asked every one of them if they had read Obama's books "The Audacity of Hope" (2006) and "Dreams from My Father" (1995, republished in 2004), not one of them had read the books, and when I offered to lend them my copies, not one of them accepted my offer.

They just don't want to know. Some of Obama's worshipers are saying that we don't know anything about Romney, but yet we can follow him from his birth, through grammar school, high school, college and his law degree, and MBA from Harvard.

We can follow his business life, his term as governor of a majority liberal state, what bills he passed and vetoed, all of his speeches, his taking over a broke Olympics and fixing it.

We know as much about him as we have ever known about any candidate to ever run for President.

Why haven't we seen one record of Obama's grades in school? We haven't seen one paper he has written in college or how he felt about politics or his values in those unknown years. Actual quote from "Dreams from My Father" [pg. 100-101]: "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy."

I feel sorry for those Truman and Kennedy Democrats of the past and how they are misguided to think they are in any way like the new radical progressive Democrats.

James Schlotthauer


Crash happened under Bush

To the Editor,

Dwan Seicheine has "studied" economics (Letter to Editor, Sept. 13), but somehow concludes that the problems we face today are Obama's fault even though the crash happened on the Bush watch, and the deregulation on the Clinton and Bush watches.

No one forced the banks to make bad loans, they were supposed to be bankers, people that understood economics.

The bottom line is that greed is not good when it is unrestrained. These same bankers are now getting million dollar bonuses extracted from the retirees' liquidity that Seicheine mentions.

William Bergmann


Better off today

To the Editor,

The Dow Jones Industrial Average on December 31, 2008: 8,776. The Dow Jones Industrial Average in September, 2012: 13,500 (approx.)

Am I better off today than I was four years ago? Absolutely.

Chuck Jett

Twain Harte

Parents need to be more involved

To the Editor,

This generation's parents are not involved enough in their students' education. Parents are not involved enough. They don't donate enough supplies. Parents should volunteer to help teachers. If parents helped teachers, the student(s) would get more help with homework. Parents should always check their students' homework. Most parents tell their students they don't know how to do the problems and make the students do it on their own.

Some people say that parents don't have time to help their student. Parents should always find time to spend with their students.

Your student could do a lot better if you took the time to help them with homework. So come on parents, get involved!

Alex Maxey


Free speech

To the Editor,

Just wondering, isn't there a law against shouting fire in a crowded theater?

Isn't that what the guy that made the inflammatory film and smeared it throughout the mideast did? Yes, we do and should have free speech in this country, but when it causes injury and death, shouldn't there, at least, be an investigation, if not an arrest?

It is mind boggling that this sort of trash can incite whole populations to riot, but couldn't, we, at least, try to reason with these people via the same Internet that it is accomplishing exactly what it was meant to do and it was the work of a small mind and not the intent of a majority of the American people.

Myrna Doering