Salem Community Patriot | September 2, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Americans Seeking Stability
When I was 21 years old, a great democrat was elected by this country, President John Kennedy. I worked for him because he was for free enterprise, a strong defense, and lower taxes to maintain stability. However, as a conservative democrat in Maine, I slowly saw the Democratic Party change in most of New England to a more radical progressive group of leaders (today we still see the elites progressive liberals trying to impose their socialist wills on the majority of hard working Americans). I was able to vote as a conservative Democrat for Republican President Ronald Regan. After that the Democrat Party radicalism socialism increased, I left the Democratic Party. As always the U.S. Constitution is my conservative guide. 1. Social Security may need some adjustments to extend the number of years before a person receives their full rightful entitlement (people are living longer) assuring this program will not go broke, and allowing for deserved cost of living raises.
2. When the Supreme Court strikes down Obama Care with good items like tort reform, purchasing health insurance across state lines, special group purchases by all small companies, and special plans for individuals, and fairness to doctors, this private enterprise reform will be affordable for all Americans.
3. Real tough management control over Medicare and Medicaid stopping the fraud then saving billions. “According to our President Obama, $155 billion has been lost since he entered office, a billion a week.” Tis must stop! Save this program! I was in the insurance business for 30-plus years and saw many abuses that can be corrected if America has the will. Electing conservative officials, who are not beholding to a destructive socialism agenda in this country. Tis positive change will help return the American people under God, to a time of American strength and stability!
Ed Brooks - Salem Bush’s Decisions Still Play
a Heavy Hand in Current Events Continuing his assiduous weekly attacks on President
Obama, Ed Brooks seems to have turned his tirades into a cottage industry. He has shed a lot of fire but little light on the problems that beset America with his distorted facts and lack of perspective. To begin, Ed often accuses Obama of blaming Bush for our troubles. Well, here are the facts: “And more Americans still blame Bush rather than the Obama administration for the economic distress. Some 31 percent put the bulk of the blame on Obama while 51 percent point to his Republican predecessor. Tese facts are obtained from recent polling by the NY Times/CBS, McClatchy/Marist and NBC/ Wall St. Journal, all of which found the same thing.” Ed writes that the debt happened when the Democrat
Congress took over in ‘06. In truth, for six years Bush never vetoed a pork-laden bill but did employ the veto pen when the Dems took over Congress. Furthermore, the process is that the president proposes and the Congress disposes. Obama did not blame Japan’s earthquake, the Middle East or Europe’s problems for our plight, as Ed suggests, but merely stated that those events have slowed down the recovery. Moreover, Ed maintains that Obama is not concerned, confusing a cool head with indifference. It is also fallacy that Obama has lost two million jobs. Perspective demands that one considers that the collapse of our economic system is like an avalanche that started on Bush’s watch and continued in ‘09 until it hit bottom. One of Ed’s most egregious statements is referring to the educated as intellectual derelicts, an unwarranted comment that should offend many. Lastly, Ed purports that Obama “has hurt free enterprise.” If Ed is referring to the regulations on the Wall St. barons, doesn’t he realize that deregulation brought about the downfall of Wall St.? Ed Brooks has every right to express his opinion, but he should be mindful that only supporting facts make opinions credible.
Dante Ippolito – Norwell, MA Front Porch From My
by Pat Blodgett I was standing in the frozen food aisle of the market, when a frail, elderly man started to loudly rant, “Where are the five cent popsicles? In the good old days you could get a popsicle for five cents.” He looked directly at me and asked, “Remember the good old days?” Although I can’t remember five cent popsicles, I commiserated with him to calm him down. We can all connect to the good old days, but I doubt that nickel popsicles top very many people’s lists. The ‘good old
days,’ would not have been so great for one Salem couple. Bonnie and Tim Bergan’s son, Nathan, has juvenile diabetes, and there was nothing good about the old days for any of them. There was a lot of fear, a lot of worry, a lot of injections and incessant monitoring. But Juvenile Diabetes got a swift kick in the pants the past two weeks when Nathan won a Lion’s Club scholarship to Camp Carefree in New Durham. Tina White, Lancaster School’s nurse suggested submitting his application. Thanks to the generosity of the Salem Lions and the American Diabetes Association, 10 year old Nathan enjoyed two weeks of swimming, boating, outdoor exercises and activities that all young boys wish for.
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memories of those five cent popsicles just seem to melt away, don’t they?
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