It was quite interesting to read the accurate account of the convenient memories most Democrats have, according to Thomas Vignos (“D is for disingenuous,” Aug. 24).
As an independent who was raised by patriotic, conservative Democrats, I was able to follow and even appreciate the logic of others with different views.
With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I have recently changed my view of being shocked by leaders of the GOP who, shortly after President Obama took office, made it their top priority to ensure that he is a one-term president.
My thoughts have changed to: How could I possibly have expected them to say anything else?
After all, they dedicated eight years and two elections to supporting his predecessor through thick and thin, and listened as Karl Rove predicted that they had “paved the way” in 2004 for a generation of Republican control of the White House.
His name I will not mention here, neither did delegates to the 2008 Republican convention, nor will they at this year’s gathering.
In January 2009, GOP leaders had no choice but to behave like jilted lovers led to the altar not to wed, but to be sacrificed.
No wonder they were in no mood to compromise and have changed its definition to “unprincipled.”
If my own convenient memory serves me right, many of the people who will be in Tampa during the convention made inflammatory remarks about the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
It’s my sincere hope that the entire Gulf Coast is spared heavy damage or any loss of life due to Hurricane Isaac.
Most of us are aware the irony is so thick you can cut it with a knife, but we must avoid volatility that can be easily stirred.
By the way, what’s the weather forecast for Charlotte, N.C., in early September?
Michael J. Walzer
Finally, a fair ?sewer rate
It is wonderful to know a single or two-person home will finally pay a fair price for the sewer system (“Summit rethinking flat-rate sewer cost,” July 19).
When we first signed up for the sewer, we thought it was mandatory. We cleaned our septic system every year.
The price for sewer at that time was $8.48 a month.
Those in the area served by the Springfield 91 plant who could not afford to pay hired a lawyer, and to this day still have septic systems.
I cannot afford to hook up to water; it would cost $10,000. I have a good well.
The number of bedrooms should not count; mine was a three-person home until 1983 and a one-person home since 2000.
Strategy of ?obstruction
With election season heating up, I’ve buckled down to explore the various criticisms against President Obama that will affect his re-election in November, particularly in Ohio.
The loudest call from members of the Republican Party and their supporters echoes a familiar refrain: They point to the lack of job growth and blame it on the president.
However, the more I’ve read about the tumultuous life of Obama’s American Jobs Act and its rather widely supported provisions, the more I question who might be responsible for the lack of movement.
A majority of economic experts have shown support for the proposed legislation, predicting it would slash up to 2 percent from the current unemployment rate.
The figure demonstrates that the legislation could truly make inroads toward a revitalized economy.
Republicans have routinely stymied such attempts at economic healing, only to turn around the following week to fill the airwaves with accusations of Obama’s inaction.
The economic experts, Obama and, most important, the American people know what needs to be done to heal this economy.
It seems the primary remaining obstacle is obstruction by the Republicans in Congress, who purposely stall our healing process for their own political gain.
I hope these are factors that voters will take into account at the ballot box this November.
George P. Bohan