Letters to the editor

Oct. 07, 2013 @ 04:47 PM

Shabby treatment of veterans

Soldiers who were 17 at the end of World War II (1945) would now be 85, and would be the youngest veterans of that war.  Other survivors are now older, often sick, and with a short life expectancy. Veterans have been traveling to D.C. as part of Honor Flights, a program that enables WW2 veterans to have an expense-paid trip to the World War II memorial that they themselves made possible.  The memorial is outdoors and stunningly beautiful.

National parks were closed for the 10/1 shutdown.  The House Republicans, who are honoring campaign commitments to voters to delay and defund Obamacare, had passed a bill funding national parks, which the Senate refused.  Expecting Honor Flights from their districts, Congressman Palazzo and others requested repeatedly, including to the President, that the WW2 Memorial be made available,. Requests were refused, and the entrance blocked.

The House has passed over five bills to fund specific components of the government including NIH cancer programs for children.  The House has passed three bills fully to fund all aspects of the government with the exception of Obamacare, also all refused.  The Democrat Senate is preferring to inflict maximal pain on our citizens, including elderly veterans of the Greatest Generation, rather than allow the government to function.

The Senate is trying to protect an unpopular bill so dysfunctional that the sign-up site has been withdrawn.  It is using shabby treatment of veterans as a tool.  I urge readers to express support for our veterans despite Senate manipulations.

Laura Gutman

Durham

The right to be stupid

Americans consider themselves as having the most rights among all nationalities in the world.  Americans’ rights include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; the right to freedom of expression; the right to bear arms and even the right to be stupid.

The right to be stupid is exercised not only at the individual level, but also at the highest levels in some of our government institutions.  A case in point is the numerous attempts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. As required by the Constitution, the Affordable Care Act was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President, thereby becoming law.  The constitutionality of the Act was challenged in the Supreme Court, which upheld the law as constitutional. 

Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling, virtually all House Republicans have voted repeatedly, more than 40 times, to repeal the act, but to no avail.  Even if the House were to pass a bill to repeal the act, the bill would not pass in the Democrat-led Senate.  And if both houses of Congress did pass the bill, the President would veto it, and neither house has the two-thirds majority to override the President’s veto.  Yet the House Republicans continue to vote repeatedly to repeal the act.  When are they going to stop wasting time and taxpayers’ resources?  Perhaps they are exercising one of their many rights: the right to be stupid.  Not all rights need to be exercised!

James S. Guseh

Durham

Mean-spirited assault

Our great, mighty, all powerful uniter, King Obama and his court, are perpetrating the most politically driven, mean-spirited assault on the American public in 50 years.  National Park Service rangers are posted at the World War II Memorial to keep veterans off the open-field memorial.  NPS guards are ordered to block the entrance to the Pisgah Inn to prevent citizens' free access, even though the inn is a privately owned concession on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the parkway remains open.  Access to an open ocean, the Florida Bay,  is denied by NPS rangers. All across the nation, thousands of these examples are part of an effort described by a Washington park service ranger to the Washington Times as, "We've been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.  It's disgusting."  These are examples of a bully in the White House, spending more tax dollars to prevent citizens' access to their own property than is required to operate a normal business schedule. These lands belong to us, the people of these United States of America.  

It matters not what political side one takes concerning the government shutdown.  It does matter immensely that we as free citizens of a constitutional republic continue turning a blind eye to such egregious abuses of our Constitutional rights by an increasingly tyrannical federal government.  It is one more example that the states themselves exert more influence on behalf of the citizenry to restore our individual rights, guaranteed us by our national Constitution.

Wallace Chambers

Bahama