I have to take issue with the Sept. 20 letter, “Contrasting records.” The statements in the letter more genuinely reflect the writer’s bias and partisanship than a realistic representation of Mitt Romney and President Obama.

The writer waxes on about Romney’s record as a business leader. My understanding of what Romney did was to borrow money and buy vulnerable companies.

He then assigned the debt to the company, fired workers, sold off parts of the company or its assets and charged fees for his services as he took his profits and ran.

He left the companies saddled with debt. Some recovered while others did not. Romney did not care what happened to those companies or the people who lost their jobs. His only concern was his personal profit, and it always came first.

This is not what I would call leadership. His disdain for the people he had an impact on came out on the campaign trail when he said he did not mind giving out pink slips.

It showed once again with his outright insults to the 47 percent of Americans he said will never vote for him. This from a person who refuses to show us his tax returns and hides his money in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

The writer’s characterization of Obama is equally flawed. First, he says that Obama added $5 trillion to the national debt. It is more important to figure out what caused the debt to increase.

I suggest that Obama’s deficits are the product of income decline from the recession reducing federal tax returns, two wars that he cannot just preemptively end and the Bush tax cuts that Republicans will not allow to sunset, as they promised.

So Obama’s deficits are really just an extension of Republican policies, a continuation of Bush’s deficits.

All of the Republican presidents since Carter have cut taxes and increased military spending. It is simple arithmetic. You cannot cut income and increase the single largest spending item in the discretionary budget without causing an increase in the deficit and debt, and that is exactly what has happened.

Given this, I would argue that since Carter, 91 percent of the debt belongs in the laps of Republicans and their policies.

Unemployment is also a product of Republican policy. Republicans met on the day of Obama’s inauguration and planned to block Obama’s proposals, with the stated goal of making him a one-term president.

They are opposing Obama’s proposals to put people back to work. The latest example happened recently when they blocked a veterans’ jobs bill.

I am tired of Republicans’ cynical attacks on Obama. They do not deserve to be elected. They are more concerned with beating Obama and regaining power than helping our country and its people. I will not be voting for any of them.

Charles Chlysta III

Ravenna

Economic planning,?the Occupy way

Last year, while watching an interview of a young gentleman of the Occupy movement, I heard his answer to a question about whether he had any solution to the financial problem.

His answer was, “If the rich gave their money to us, we could spend it, and that would get the economy moving.” I thought, what an idiot.

In a Sept. 17 editorial, “Overhang of trouble,” the editors gave their opinion on how to get the economy moving: the Feds.

The editorial stated: “The Fed announced its intention to buy large quantities of mortgage bonds, and possibly other assets, to spur the economic activity.”

The editorial board must have been listening to that Occupy solution. I guess I owe the protester an apology. What a great idea; now we can solve everybody’s problem. If everybody with maxed-out credit cards or medical bills could get them forgiven, we could all have money to spend and spur the economy.

Jack Darnell

Massillon

Democrats’ myth?of voter suppression

Have you ever seen so much whining on the editorial pages of the Beacon Journal by its staff and partisan friends over the nonissues of uniform voting hours for the state of Ohio and a comment about the “African-American voting machine”? Other than firing up the black vote, it serves no purpose.

This issue started with a July 25 commentary by Kathleen Clyde, a Kent Democrat who represents Ohio House District 68, claiming that the Republican Party “believes it is OK to make voting difficult, to erect obstacles and impose needless constraints.” The commentary called this “a purposeful effort by Republicans to hassle voters and suppress voter turnout, particularly in the African-American community.”

I have worked as a poll worker in Jackson Township for primary, general and presidential elections when Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, was secretary of state under then-Gov. Ted Strickland.

According to one of her directives, no one was turned away due to lack of identification or voting precinct. It was not a poll worker’s responsiblity to determine eligibility to vote.

We handed these type of voters a provisional ballot to fill out, place in an envelope, seal and hand back to a poll worker for recording. The board of elections determined its validity. Where were the Democratic partisans then with their concern of voter suppression?

Voting has never been so easy as it is now. Early voting begins Tuesday, 35 days before Election Day. You can vote either by mail, vote an absentee ballot in person or vote the old-fashioned way, by going to your assigned polling place on Election Day and casting your ballot.

The African-American vote is always 90 percent or more for the Democratic candidates, so what takes 35 days for them to cast a vote?

Use of the “race card” by the liberal media, black ministers, civil rights groups and community leaders is not the way to build relationships.

The Democratic Party has already “lawyered up” to challenge voting in swing states such as Ohio. This is a sad commentary on American politics, making us not the country we used to be but a polarized nation.

Norbert Fenstemaker

North Canton

Medina schools?need voters’ support

I am a retired employee of the Medina City Schools. I moved to Medina in 1995 because of the excellent reputation of this school system. I knew my two children would receive a quality education and that I would be joining an exemplary school system.

Over the last years of my career, I experienced firsthand the devastation of budget cuts that led to the elimination of staff and programs.

A school system cannot continue to sustain such losses and still be able to offer kids the opportunities they deserve to be successful in the future. We can reverse that trend.

I now have a 14-month-old grandson who will someday enter our school system. I recognize that countless citizens before me “paid it forward” to ensure that my children received a quality education.

I am truly grateful to them. I can only hope that the citizens of Medina will rise to the challenge of ensuring that my grandson and all the students we entrust to our schools will have every opportunity available to them to reach their potentials.

After all, they are our future. Let’s not disappoint them. Please carefully consider your decision in November and vote to support the Medina City Schools.

Kathleen J. Wetta

Medina

Middle-class voter?miffed by Romney

I was offended by what Mitt Romney said about 47 percent of the people voting for President Obama not paying taxes. My husband of 60 years and I pay both state and federal taxes. We also donate to our church, the food bank, heart and diabetes funds, local sports, Salvation Army kettles and help grandchildren if needed.

We are not rich. Thanks to savings through work and not buying a new car every few years and wasting money, we are comfortable. We own our home. We were blessed with four children, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. None of the families is on any type of help, and all are paying taxes.

I do not like some of the things the Democrats support, like abortion and gay marriage, although to each his own. I’m not the final judge. God is. We are to love and be kind to our fellow men and women and lift them up.

I sure wish all those in Washington would get to work and do their job. America can be great.

Dorien Mattle

Clinton

Talk about hypocrisy

While channel surfing through Sunday morning’s political talk shows, I noticed the Republican pundits all used the same argument, that Mitt Romney and the Republicans want not just jobs, but good jobs, for the 47 percent who don’t pay federal income taxes.

If true, why have they voted for union-busting legislation and against equal pay for women and raising the minimum wage?

Sally Taylor

Akron