News and Tribune

September 26, 2012

News and Tribune letters: Sept. 26, 2012

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Writer says look at facts of the election

A very long time ago, in my younger days — playing basketball in an amateur league I scored 38 points in one game.

Of course, if I were using Paul Ryan’s math, I’d say I scored 76-100  points in one game.

If we can’t trust Paul Ryan to tell the truth about his marathon time —  we certainly can’t trust him to tell the truth about his Medicare plan, his budget plan or his tax plan.

Truth is, his Medicare plan would cost many seniors an extra $6,400 a year, his tax plan would let Mitt Romney pay less than 1 percent, and his budget numbers simply don’t add up.

President Obama does not get to make up numbers just because they sound better in a press release. He is trying to keep Medicare intact for future generations. He is trying to create jobs and keep families in their homes. He is trying to keep an economy on the long road to recovery.

I only deal with facts. And in this election, the American people have a choice: Do you want to elect President Obama devoted to finding real solutions, or to a candidate who would rather subscribe to flawed policies based on Ryan math and failed policies of the past.

I know who I want as my president. That’s why I’m fighting to make a difference all across the country with my web sites, email and knocking on doors.

No matter what he says, Paul Ryan has never run a marathon as fast as he lied about. And no matter what he says in this campaign, you should not let him run away from the truth. An example is their lies on Obamacare, medicare and economic recovery. Have you ever heard Romney/Ryan say Obama has created private sector jobs 30 months in a row for a total of 4.6 million jobs. Nope.  

Have you ever heard a Republican say one good thing Obama has done during his presidency? Nope. Only lies and distortions. Hell, they don’t even give him credit for getting bin Laden. Republicans could not do it in eight years and even gave up on getting the mastermind of 9/11.

All you should be concerned about this election is to make your choice on facts. No opinions or ideology but actual factual information. And the facts are: WE ARE MUCH BETTER OFF TODAY THAN IN 2008.

— Ray Beaufait, of Charlestown

Voter calls for more than two debates

Finally, Todd Young has agreed to two debates. However, two is not enough especially when our area has not hosted a congressional debate in six or seven years. I am tired of being marginalized in the process of elections.  

There were 12 Republican debates during the primary and I was only able to see a portion of one that was televised by a major broadcaster. I tried to view the interview of Todd Young by the Courier Journal, but with a DSL line I was unable to get the sort of signal that enabled me to truly follow the dialogue.

We live in a first rate country with a third rate broadband system. Those of us who do not have access to cable, who cannot watch things on our computer screen because we have only a DSL or dial-up line, and those of us unable to drive considerable distances at night simply cannot get information that has not been filtered through a news agency. I want to hear the candidates and make my own decisions.  

We need more than just two debates. The issues are so significant, the district is large, and portions of the 9th are new. In the entire two years that Mr. Young has been in office he has not had a single town hall meeting — and no, “meet and greets” are communication failures. The press needs to demand more accountability and accessibility. Southern Indiana voters deserve more than just a million dollars worth of television ads.  

— Susan Ryan, Floyds Knobs

Resident urges votes for candidates, not parties

I’m sure that we have all been informed that the future of our country is in our hands. This is a reality. However, many of us never seriously consider the full ramifications of this significant fact. I must admit that I have been one of those individuals.

Each election we are informed by the candidates, media and major parties that the upcoming election is one of the most important in our nation’s history. I question if the majority of voters really seriously consider this fact, and eventually vote without reflecting on the significance of their choice of candidates. Again, they have been informed of the importance time after time and it has likely become rather routine.

It seems to me that the two main items that the political parties dealt with at their recent national conventions were the economy and jobs. I understand that these are the issues that effect the most people and one that the press keeps us informed of on a regular basis. However, there are a number of issues at home and internationally that are extremely important: National debt, military reduction, international relations, national security, energy, medical care, freedom of religion, Iran and nuclear power, entitlements, real estate, banking, recession ...

Do you feel our nation needs a change? Do you feel our commander and chief needs to stand up for America and stop apologizing? Do you think our citizens need to be inspired? Do you think our citizens need to believe in themselves? Do you believe our individual freedoms are being eroded, and our opportunities dwindling? Should our president trust the American people rather than trusting BIG government?

These are some of the questions that voters need to ask themselves and seriously consider between now and Nov. 6.

The future of our country is indeed in our hands. WE THE PEOPLE have a duty and a constitutional right to make the best decision and choose the person we feel can provide the leadership and inspire our nation to greatness. I strongly encourage you to vote on the issues and not for a political party. And may God Bless America!

— Ron Schad, New Albany