Letters to the Editor on Romney’s response to attacks, end of U.S., leftist tactics, carbon tax, gun incident, jobs solution

09/14/2012 6:20 PM

09/14/2012 6:20 PM

Romney didn’t let facts get in way

Some idiots make a lame movie defaming the Prophet Muhammad. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, releases a statement decrying such provocation. The statement notes in part: “Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy.” Several hours later (on Sept. 11), protests in Cairo and Benghazi, Libya, break out at U.S. embassies, with the one in Libya becoming violent. Four Americans are killed.

Rather that take a statesmanlike approach to the tragedy, Mitt Romney chooses to fan the flames of hate and ignorance in an attempt to make political hay by essentially stating that President Obama sympathized with the killers (actually, the chairman of the Republican National Committee did say that).

Of course, the president did not make the statement, and the statement was not sympathetic to the killers, and it came hours before the killings – but, hey, don’t let the facts get in your way, Mr. Romney. After all, the Romney campaign pollster famously said: “We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”

JIM GILES

Wichita

Leftist tactics

In an article about the Democratic National Convention (Sept. 4 Eagle), delegate Pat Lehman resorted to standard leftist tactics when discussing voter-identification laws. She claimed that they are meant to suppress the vote. ID laws are needed to suppress illegal voters – a key and vital Democratic constituency and a serious problem. Any legal voter can easily obtain an ID. She also accused those whom she cannot logically argue with of lies, and compared them to Hitler.

As Jewish Republicans, we are well aware of the real Hitler and the damage that real lies can do. We are also extremely concerned about the danger of a new Holocaust coming from a nuclear Iran, now very imminent thanks to President Obama’s inattention. Perhaps if Democratic leaders can return to normal, civilized discourse, they may be able to slow the recent exodus of Jewish voters from the Democratic Party.

DAVID SELDNER

President

Heartland chapter

Republican Jewish Coalition

Leawood

Jobs solution

The real unemployment problem is that modern technology has given to a few of us the ability to produce all the goods and services needed by all of us. We need everyone’s consumption more than we need their production. Shipping the illegals back to Mexico is not a solution because you are also shipping back their consumption, resulting in fewer workers needed to produce the goods and services needed by a smaller population.

The obvious solution: Reduce the workweek from 40 to 30 hours. Lower the retirement age to 60. Tax those who can pay and use the money to build and rebuild roads and bridges. Increase the help we give to the needy. Give citizenship to more illegals and get their deductions flowing into the Medicare fund. Above all, don’t hold your breath waiting for all these good things to happen.

MARVIN BURBACH

Wichita

Pro-carbon tax

Regarding Sen. Pat Roberts’ “Carbon tax would hurt fragile economy” (Sept. 9 Opinion): Interestingly enough, Roberts didn’t mention that the idea of a carbon tax has been embraced by Romney economic adviser Greg Mankiw, conservative economists Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Arthur Laffer, and even Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer – none of whom endorses the idea because it would hurt the economy. They do so because it would help the economy by stimulating the growth of the clean-energy industry while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

Why didn’t Roberts acknowledge the conservatives who support a carbon tax?

DEVONE R. TUCKER

Brockton, Mass.

End of U.S.?

A thought-provoking selection was found in my late grandmother’s possessions. It noted that “the average life of the world’s great civilizations has been 200 years” and that each has progressed through these stages: “From bondage to spiritual faith. From spiritual faith to great courage. From courage to liberty. From liberty to abundance. From abundance to selfishness. From selfishness to complacency. From complacency to apathy. From apathy to dependency. From dependency back to bondage.”

The U.S. might be approaching the ninth stage. The signs are all around us.

BETTY G. BLUNDON

Wichita

Well-handled

Regarding a gun incident at Wichita East High School (“Let parents know about serious incidents at school,” Aug. 24 WE Blog): I am a grandmother of four students there. I thought principal Ken Thiessen handled that situation with much grace and common sense, as he does many situations throughout the school year. Why disturb all the parents of that huge school when it can be done without disturbing the whole city?

DARLENE HERRING REEVES

Wichita

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