Letters to the Editor for Sept. 5, 2012

Replace Obama

Obama’s accomplishments:

Funneled vast amounts of U.S. taxpayer dollars to 14 “green energy” companies, like Solyndra & First Solar, headed by friends and political contributors, all of which failed miserably and subsequently filed for bankruptcy protection.

Forced a law on us that requires all Americans to purchase a product (health insurance) from a third party.

Spent a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs in highway construction when there were no “shovel-ready” jobs.

Presided over the FIRST cut to the credit rating of the United States.

Was held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Withdrew an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago, all the while actively trying to bankrupt the American coal industry.

Told Boeing that they could not build the 787 “Dreamliner” in South Carolina, a “Right to Work” state. Instead, Obama wants to force them to build it in Washington state, home of strong union support.

Turned over control of two American auto companies to his union supporters, then told the CEO of Chrysler to resign because he had the nerve to object.

Bragged about General Motors repaying a large part of their “bail-out” when in fact all they did was return the unused portion of the original “bail-out.”

Ordered a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.

Appointed 45 czars, accountable only to him, replacing elected officials in his administration.

Surrounded himself with radical left-wing anarchists like Bill Ayers, David Axelrod, Reverend Wright, Tony Rezko and many other far-left loonies.

Hides his medical, educational and travel records while screaming at Romney to release his records.

Sides with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs. Arizona).

All of these are verified as true by Snopes.com and while these facts have been listed on the internet that fact does not diminish their validity.

Makes ya proud, right? Let’s replace this clown in November.

Cliff Mansfield


Lessons from GOP

What was that? Mr. Tauscher, your Sept. 1 letter was very informative and provided some suspected reasons for our economic troubles.

After listening to the GOP convention this week I am pretty confused. You said that deregulation and (hinted that) unscrupulous business dealings caused a large part of the budget shortfall and landed us where we are today. Gov. Romney and his friends and family told me their success is simply the result of honest, hard work and bus rides to their jobs while eating off ironing boards.

The convention speakers also said that businesses face too many regulations already and they want to take away outside interference so they can keep on with the hard work. But you implied that preventing outside oversight could make this problem get significantly worse.

I cannot believe that hard-working, ethical Americans would do things which benefit themselves and their immediate friends and family while allowing the country and its economic and social systems to struggle so hard. Gov. Romney and his partners are in the business of using money to create money. Shouldn’t we be grateful that his sons love the Sports Authority since his company helped it out with capital?

There is nothing wrong with using our capitalist system, so full of integrity, to feed money into something which grows much bigger and taking those profits out of the country to grow even bigger in the Cayman Islands. I think all Americans, both wealthy and poor, should learn how we can do this with our honest livings through hard work so we can stop eating off worn tables and furniture as Gov. Romney has come to do.

To conclude, Mr. Tauscher, I am sure Ann Romney buys clothes at Target and Ross and looks at price tags just the way our wives do. She said she has talked to many women around the country and knows what they face. So how can I believe you, Mr. Tauscher, when the GOP speaks with such conviction?

Steve Kaplan

Hood River

Paramedic needed in CL

I find it hard to understand those people who don’t think we need a full-time paramedic in Cascade Locks. As a city we are trying to become a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, spending thousands of dollars on inviting people to “come play in Cascade Locks.”

Without a middle or high school, our community is shifting from being a family-oriented town to a town of retirees. Our freeway is getting busier, as well as our trails and waterways.

Cascade Locks can average 20 advanced life support calls a month; yet we only transport about half of those patients, from lack of having a paramedic. This means, patients have to wait an extra 15-45 minutes for a paramedic to come from Skamania, Hood River or Portland. This extra time can be the difference between life and death for some patients.

So when the city council of Cascade Locks temporarily adds an extra $8 fee to the water bill to fund a paramedic, I see this as an act of compassion, so our EMS is not only there for our community but also for mutual aid, and our fellow man in times of an emergency.

It seems that we keep wringing our hands and crying about “how we are too poor to hire a paramedic.” Maybe we should stop inviting people to Cascade Locks to spend their money here, if we are not going to care for them in a life-threatening situation.

Possibly as a community we could pool some donations to help those who struggle with the fee, instead of spending a fortune on lawsuits to take down the city, this would be true community! A community that cares about its future invests in it.

Debora Lorang

Cascade Locks

Provision for victims

As many readers may know, I now live in “assisted living.” It is that experience that has got me thinking more deeply about an event which, unfortunately, is not all that uncommon in our society.

I refer to the times when a thug or group of thugs, often teenagers or young adults, beats someone mercilessly. In too many of those cases, the victim then becomes physically and/or mentally incapable of any longer supporting themselves, much less a family.

Now, fast-forward to a legal out-of-court settlement or jury decision and judge’s sentence. The prevailing legal (and societal) philosophy at that point (usually much later) is often to the effect that “ruining young lives with a lengthy jail sentence is not going to help the victim or anyone else.”

After our anger lessens, most of us would not disagree. In fact, rationally, we realize that extensive jail sentences often only lead to the guilty persons being less employable and more dependent on society and taxpayers thereafter.

But — fast-forward again and think about this: 10-30 years later, the victim is still living in an assisted living facility, nursing home or some other institutional-type setting. (S)he has expended all assets long ago, that is if they had anything left after all the original medical bills. That means that their (expensive) care is probably being paid for by Medicare, Medicaid or some other federal/state support program.

So, what can you and I do? Suggest — no, insist on — a reasonable law that has the original final court settlement/judgment include a provision saying that, in any and every year thereafter, if the defendant(s) earn(s) more, for example, than the federally determined maximum income for food stamps, one-half of the excess shall go to the costs of caring for the victim, including all reasonable living and entertainment expenses.

Doing that would not only ease our collective social conscience, it should make accountants, lawyers, philosophers and politicians earn their pay for a week or two while composing such a law. And the political debate following that should be at least a little more educational than today’s.

Dave Dockham

Hood River

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