I want to counter the Oct. 10 letter attacking President Obama (“Not the right man for the presidency”).
I have read several other criticisms of the president, and I have heard them from people I have called as a volunteer for the Obama campaign.
These criticisms are gross over-simplifications of the challenges faced by any person in that job. More progress would have occurred if the Republicans in Congress had not latched on to the strategy to block any constructive initiatives by Obama.
Does the writer understand the filibuster and the rule on holds that U.S. Senate Republicans have used to obstruct legislation and appointments? The rules on filibuster require 60 senators in support before debate can go forward.
Even when the Democrats had 60 votes during 2009-2010, some from conservative states, such as Ben Nelson of Nebraska, did not stand by Obama. Individual senators can secretly block presidential appointment using the hold rule.
To say Mitt Romney can do better is putting an awful lot of trust in a man who never ran a business with a large pool of employees, and who is very sloppy with the facts about his so-called plans. The United States cannot afford to elect another “businessman” from a wealthy family, just as it did in 2000.
Dedicated to public schools
Tom Schmida is a candidate for the Ohio House in District 37. He is an experienced educator who understands how best the classroom can model democracy. He sees our schools as public schools, not businesses that provide a product.
Our children are not products but a resource. Schmida will not support merit pay because it does not work to improve education. Competition between teachers will not set a positive learning environment.
Schmida will not bow to the American Legislative Exchange Council lobbyists who seem to influence our current representative, for whom the lobbyists speak louder than the people and the teachers.
Schmida is a seasoned and respected leader of his community and of his educational colleagues. He knows how to work with people on both sides of an issue to bring about a fair solution.
Let a knowledgeable legislator keep the “public” in public education. As an experienced educator, I urge support for Schmida.
Right to gay marriage
Legislating against gay marriages ignores the biological differences among humans that are as real as differences of eye and hair color. Only a small percentage of the world’s population is so classified, about 4 percent in the U.S.
It’s time to quit this discrimination and acknowledge that people who love one another are an accepted part of mainstream society. It’s time to apply the 14th Amendment. If you want to save and strengthen the institution of marriage, devote attention to lowering the 50 percent divorce rate.
Discriminating against gays won’t strengthen conventional marriage. Biblical authors can be excused for not understanding all human differences — they weren’t biological scientists. Gay lifestyle is not a learned behavior, it’s biological.
Perhaps the next thing we should do to reduce more of our prejudices is elect a gay black woman president.