I have to point out one minor detail of the election to the writer of the Nov. 16 letter headlined “Alive and well.” Both parties spent over $1 billion each. It does not appear that just one party tried to buy the election.
This money could have been better spent on rebuilding devastated New York and New Jersey. I believe most people on both sides are glad and relieved that they do not have to listen to all the negative ads on television or endure all the robo calls regarding for whom to vote.
Her outline of many things that are alive and well after the election just goes to show my point that all of the negative ads and scare tactics by both sides do work.
It is important to note that this country is about 50/50 in its beliefs, and thank God for that, for no one party controls all. This leads to great debate, which is good. I just wish that after debate would come some corrective actions.
Her second statement, about how outrageous it was for people to wait in such long lines to vote, makes you believe that, too, was a Republican conspiracy, to not let people vote. That is also false; it is the bipartisan boards of elections in each county that are responsible for conducting elections.
We all pay for elections, and it would be much better if the boards would address the need for additional voting places. This would eliminate the long lines.
Benefits of big government
I enjoyed the Nov. 18 letter by Judy Johnson headlined “Those sneaky socialists.” It took me a minute or two to catch on to her satire, but I loved what she described as the benefits of a socialist government. In fact, there are some 75 government agencies and departments that we all benefit from in some way or another.
According to Mitt Romney, we are the takers, and while some brag about the hard-working wealthy and condemn the lazy poor, there is a freedom and balance in our country that is fortified and protected by our “big government.”
Is there not a benefit to the Postal Service, national parks, the military, jails and prisons, veterans’ health care, the city and state zoos, the free lunch program for poor children, the Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies?
I am glad to be a citizen in this wonderful, socialist country and can see why others want to come here to live as well. I guess that the “sneaky socialist” system isn’t so bad after all.
Sister Kathy McIntyre
Support veterans with jobs
The jobs for veterans legislation has never been debated by our current Congress.
Both the House and Senate will be working on the fiscal cliff and other major economic issues, and it will take many weeks before they will really be able to negotiate a working agreement between the president, House and Senate.
In the meantime, Congress should take up this veterans bill and pass it so we can truly honor and give those men and women who are serving and have served a thank-you by helping them find employment upon returning home from active duty, in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world.
We can and should encourage those men and women in Congress to get this bill passed and signed into law by the president. It is the least we can do for those who serve our country.
Write, call or email your representatives in Congress.
Donna L. Russo
Retool the campaigns
Now that it’s over, thank God. This has been the most contentious, uncivil and costly campaign in my memory.
Now that is over, I think citizens, the TV sufferers and the electorate in general, should have a say in the way the next election is run.
First, the length of time that one can campaign should be limited. I propose six months.
If one cannot prove electability or re-electability in that length of time, then that person is probably not electable.
Politicians should not be allowed to take a year and a half away from a position to which they were elected in order to campaign.
Second, there should be a limit on the amount of money one can spend on the campaign, to be determined by a citizens commission.
Campaigns are no longer being won. They are being bought.
Third, the Supreme Court should rescind its decision that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money on the candidate of their choice.
Fourth, the television stations should donate equal time to all and should have the right to say how much time is allotted to the parties and candidates. Less is more.
Fifth, and not the last or the least, all candidates should change their language.
They do not need to “fight” every step of the way. They need to “work” for their constituents.
We have had enough contentiousness to last a lifetime. We have four years for the presidential race and two for the congressional races to put these ideas in place.
I hope, after this past debacle, groups will come forward in support of the above suggestions for change.
Y. Grace Porter
Care for the needy
Maybe if the church did a better job of taking care of those in need, the government wouldn’t have to.
The Twinkie buying (and selling) frenzy that has followed the closing of the Hostess bakeries is symbolic of two aspects of the American culture: capitalism, generating profit through the economic mechanism of supply and demand, and an obsessive fascination over something very trivial.
In this case, it is meaningless concern over a piece of cake that could survive a nuclear holocaust. And I’ll share a little secret: Twinkies will be back on the grocery store shelves before the last box sells on eBay.