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Salem Community Patriot

May 14, 2010 - 9

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“Thumbs up to the Town of Salem for fixing the Hooker Farm Road culvert. The job turned out very nice.”

“Thumbs down to the woman who complained about the time it took to fix Hooker Farm Road. Her whining did nothing to help. Sometimes you just have to deal with things the way they are.”

“Thumbs up to the Trailer Home Drive resident

who selflessly gave up her time to help us find our lost cat!

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way better when insurance companies turned me down for pre-existing illness. And I love those pesky limits when they just stop paying even those the medical bills keep coming. And that President Obama, trying to kill all the elderly, he’s such a Nazi, oops, a Muslim, nope a terrorist, I just can’t figure it out. I just know I want my insurance companies making my health care decisions yeah that’s the good old America I love. Not! Some people are so misinformed.”

More Letters to our Editor. . .

Response to Klessens/Ippolito

Since I was tag-teamed by William F. Klessens and Dante Ippolito in last week’s Letters to the Editor section, I figure I should respond. I’ll start with Mr. Klessens, who claimed that he has never written that Sarah Palin is stupid. While that may technically be true, he did call her an “airhead” in his February 19 letter to the editor, has called her “bubble-headed,” and has gone to great lengths to portray her as less than intelligent. Just be honest, Mr. Klessens. If you believe Governor Palin is stupid, stand by your opinion. If not, then stop writing weekly letters to the editor portraying her as someone who is so stupid, she doesn’t understand basic geography. Mr. Klessens also implied that his comment about Governor Palin looking like a “middle school cheerleader, minus the pom-poms and short skirt” was in no way sexist or demeaning to women. I suppose he meant it as a compliment? We won’t know what he meant by that statement until he explains himself. Mr. Klessens then claimed that my “prose” is “lie-filled,” yet he failed to mention one incorrect statement in my letter. I, however, have no trouble finding several lies in his letter. For example, he claimed that Governor Palin has repeatedly called President Obama a “Muslim.” However, she has never said any such thing. (It was actually Hillary Clinton who famously stated that Obama is “not a Muslim … as far as I know.”) Mr. Klessens also claimed that someone at

a Palin rally shouted “kill him!” in reference to Obama. This, too, never happened. Secret Service agents present at that rally discredited that story (invented by lefty bloggers) immediately. There were other glaring errors in his diatribe, but in the interest of brevity, I’ll move on to Mr. Ippolito. In Mr. Ippolito’s letter, he gave a brief history lesson on the accomplishments of the Democratic Party, from abolishing Jim Crow laws, to labor unions, etc. What Mr. Ippolito failed to mention is that it

was white southern Democrats who instituted Jim Crow laws in the first place. Woodrow

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Wilson, one of the most progressive Democratic presidents in U.S. history, segregated both the federal offices and the U.S. military. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, it was above the loud objections of the “Southern Bloc” of 17 Democratic senators (and one Republican), which included Ku Klux Klan member Robert Byrd of Virginia (a Democrat who still serves in the Senate today.) In the end, the Civil Rights Act was passed by a majority Republican vote. Mr. Ippolito later added, “… one cannot deny

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the growth and changes for the better that have been wrought by progressive political thought.” While I have no doubt that progressives have only the best of intentions, their policies almost always end up hurting the people they are intended to help. Labor unions, Social Security, the welfare state, the Community Reinvestment Act, etc., all had good intentions, but ultimately were disastrous to the country as a whole, and to the poor in particular. The damage caused by these ideas (inflation, debt, unemployment, the unbreakable cycle of welfare dependence, etc.) has far outweighed the benefits. Mr. Ippolito concluded his letter by asking, “Which of the past conditions would conservatives like to return to?” Speaking only for myself, I’d like to see a return of personal responsibility and freedom, limited federal government, and lower national debt. These were the principles upon which the Founding Fathers shaped our Constitution, and for which we staged a revolution and fought for our independence. Why we ever stopped fighting, I’ll never understand.

Mike Glander - Salem

May Special!

“Thumbs up to all those who

volunteered to distribute copies for American legion post 63 and to those who contributed not only with money but with your kind words about veterans.”

“Thumbs down to bullying.

Mr. Delahanty when are you going to address this problem!!???”

Love your

“Thumbs down to the family that had the FBI there 3 weeks ago and nothing happened. Her son should be in prison for identity theft. The younger boy is drinking in the yard when no one is home. The mother and father need to stop it and be parents. The young kid and the girlfriend are having sex when no one is home, you can hear it when the window is open.”

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