Having grown up during the Great Depression, caused by Republican extremism, seeing how President Obama and the Troubled Asset Relief Program helped fend off a similar economic catastrophe has been amazing.
The balanced budget Republican George W. Bush received when he took office soon disappeared during his two terms in office, thanks to tax reductions, two wars (the one in Iraq completely misguided) and lack of regulation of Wall Street. All resulted in a literal shutdown of our economy.
The current deficit is essentially due to Bush economic policies. The Republicans not only deny any responsibility but are trying to blame Democrats. What hypocrisy.
To add insult to injury, Republicans have done virtually nothing to help he recovery efforts. In fact, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his No. 1 job was to see that President Obama did not get a second term.
There have been a number of letters to the editor claiming President Obama is ruining the country and calling him names. Those letters are utterly disgusting, inane and devoid of facts.
If you are a middle-class citizen and vote anything other than Democratic at this time, you’re voting against yourself. Here are some of the facts about President Obama:
He has shut down the war in Iraq. He is shutting down the war in Afghanistan. He got Osama bin Laden.
He financed the recovery of the auto industry, which translates into at least 2 million jobs. He saw an economy grow without any Republican help.
He oversaw the creation of the Affordable Care Act, which helps millions get health insurance;
He is pushing for an increase in the minimum wage, immigration reform and diplomatic solutions in Syria and Iran.
All this is good for the middle class. When the next general elections arrive, think about what’s good for your life and your family. Remember the facts.
James H. Trapkin
Peace models for Palestinians
David Ignatius wrote that the anger and bitterness over Israeli occupation is a reality that present-day Palestinians cannot escape (“Why no peace settlement? A Palestinian story,” Feb. 2).
Their daily humiliations at the hands of a tyrant are an open, oozing sore that Israel continues to pick at and make bleed. The world, with Harry Truman’s assist, created this nightmare by giving a portion of Palestine to the Jews, who responded by creating a poverty-stricken police state in Palestine in the decades since 1948.
Do you really want to know why Palestine and Israel cannot choose peace? It is because the entire world, with its various alliances, has never learned the primary lesson of the 20th century, from Mahatma Gandhi, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
Palestine should do the obvious when confronted with an evil tyrant — lay down its weapons and choose the path of neutrality. Surely, the land of Abraham, Jesus and Mohammed should learn to live in peace. If not there, then where else will show the world what peace looks like?
The world owes Palestine help in becoming a Middle Eastern hub of stability. Palestine can thrive in spite of its past by finding its talents and capitalizing on them. By sustainable use of resources and by its residents being free to walk to and fro without worrying if they will survive another day, Palestinians can create a new life for themselves and future generations.
As for Israel, it will have to live with its conscience. As the old warrior guard dies off, the young millenials, who understand that perpetual war is unsustainable, will be the ones who usher in peace.
Mary L. Tabatcher
Destroyed by untrue accusations
On Feb. 5, a U.N. committee castigated the Vatican for ignoring the abuse of children by pedophile priests, a well-documented accusation. On the other side of the coin are those who are falsely accused of pedophilia.
In the movie The Hunt, an Academy Award nominee for best foreign film, Lucas, a kindergarten teacher, is accused by 5-year-old Klara of seeing his genitalia.
Klara was angry with Lucas because she had kissed him on the lips and he told her never to do that again. The story is related to a school official. She tells the faculty and members of the community.
Lucas loses his job and is arrested. He is released when it is discovered that the incident had taken place in the basement of his home, but there was no basement in Lucas’ home.
The brutality of the community continues. Lucas realizes that he will always be haunted by a crime that he never committed.
The circumstances in the movie reminded me of the infamous Head Start case that haunts the life of Nancy Smith, who has always maintained her innocence.
The Ohio Innocence Project has submitted a 278-page defense to the parole board. Smith’s request to Gov. John Kasich for a full pardon appears to be gathering dust.
You might conjecture that the movie was merely fiction, but isn’t that what the Head Start case has always been, a fiction, an account of a crime that was never committed?
Celine E. Riedel
Neither snow nor rain
For the past few weeks, when our mail carrier comes up our porch, all we can see are his eyes.
I wouldn’t want to walk the streets in the snow, freezing temperatures and bitter wind, and yet he walks and carries his heavy bag.
He waves to us in our nice, cozy room beyond the glass. Mail carriers deserve a big thank you. God bless them.
Pattie and Jerry Weber
The Pentagon’s decision to purchase dozens of Mi-17 rotocraft made in Russia at a cost of more than $1 billion is hard for U.S. taxpayers to understand.
The helicopters were chosen over the Boeing Chinooks, which are rated more cost-effective. The American-made Boeing helicopters are manufactured in Pennsylvania.
The Russian deal was in place two years ago but was kept secret from U.S. taxpayers. One thing that is no secret is that we need good, middle-class jobs in the U.S. Instead of providing jobs for the people in Russia, we should be using our money to provide jobs for our own work force.
Thomas E. Deuri
How to fight C-diff bacteria
I have a solution for nursing home administrators and staff in dealing with C-diff (Clostridium difficile), a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea and is brought about by antibiotics or unsanitary conditions. Anyone who knows anything about nursing homes knows that C-diff is an ongoing problem.
It should not be. My solutions are quite simple. First, proper training on how to manage those who come down with C-diff should be provided to all staff.
Second, quality-control measures should be instituted to ensure proper protocol is followed. Finally, those who do not follow the prescribed procedures should be disciplined.
I spent every day for almost three months with my mother, who stayed in a local nursing home. I observed the practices of the aides and nursing staff.
I was astonished that my mother contracted C-diff, until I paid attention to the way the staff cleaned her after she went to the bathroom.
Nursing home administrators need to instruct their staffs to change gloves after cleaning patients before they touch anything else. Staff members should be instructed to use as many pairs of gloves as necessary.
In addition, there should be C-diff wipes or Lysol wipes to wipe down everything that has been touched after work with a patient has been completed. Administrators also need to hire people who come into the room without the aide or nursing staff knowing they are there to observe.
Thank goodness my mother had me as an advocate. My heart goes out to those who do not have someone like me, who can make sure they are properly taken care of. I brought in my own wipes and cleaned up after the staff left.
My complaints were listened to, but trust me, they went in one ear and out the other because nothing changed. Thank goodness my mother was released from the nursing home in June. I haven’t forgotten the experience. It won’t change until we all take a stand.