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Parties should quit slinging mud

“Nothing in my (7-27-11) letter implied that I was for or against the funding (to Egypt),” according to Neil Davis. “ ... it only reinforces my point that, as perhaps the weakest president we have ever had, Obama didn’t want that fight and cut funding for the people of Egypt. I was under the impression that Democrats are the party of the people,” he also wrote. That sounds to me like he was upset with Obama for cutting funding to Egypt.

Davis also wrote that I was attempting to downplay Bush’s success (USAID/Egypt). The fact is that the democracy and governance programs were not working and Bush, himself, started reducing aid to Egypt and Obama continued.

I don’t understand Neil’s statement that Obama desires to give money to his terrorist buddies. I’ve never heard about any such thing from any reliable news source. Obama did, however, order the Seals to take out the worst of the terrorists, Osama bin Laden, which had been one of his goals all along.

I think the two parties need to quit slinging mud and come together for the good of the country. Obviously, gridlock is not a good thing.

 

 

Letter misses the point

It’s a good thing Penny Fattig was not in charge of deciphering hieroglyphics in the Egyptian pyramids (07-20-11 letter). Perhaps she has her “Captain Midnight” secret decoder ring on the dyslexia setting.

She wrote that I believe Obama is a weak leader because he cut back on funding for the Egyptian people. It’s the other way around. Even though he holds the most powerful office on earth, all of his decisions are born out of weakness. The exception being his forceful usurpation of our freedoms.

She also wrote that I obviously feel Obama should not have reduced funding to the Egyptian people. I was only reporting the cause and effect of his action. I’ll repeat, nothing in my letter implied that I was for or against the funding.

Then she wrote that maybe I believe we should have helped to keep a corrupt dictator in power. I gave Hosni Mubarak low marks on humanitarianism toward his people and wrote “at least there was peace. But, there was also corruption and suffering.” Penny wrote “...if you can call corruption and allowing abuse of his own people peace.” Huh? The peace I referred to, was between Egypt and Israel. Which is worse, having hungry people or making them casualties of war?

In an attempt to downplay Bush’s success, Penny wrote, Freedom House ratings showed Egypt in the “not free” category. Should we be surprised at this, while they were receiving 80% of their funding from the same U.S. government that was going around the Egyptian regime? That would be like a cancer research scientist saying, don’t give me anymore government grants, there is no cure.

Penny’s goal seems to be to show hypocrisy on my part (and tea partiers)—approving funding foreign ventures and opposing entitlements in our own country. Thirty years ago, someone had to make a decision about how to keep the peace between Egypt and Israel. The government didn’t ask me if we should start sending them money. If they had, I would have at least wanted the money to have tight restrictions on it’s use. What I think about the whole mess isn’t going to change a thing. The main problem arose from lack of follow-up (so there would be neither hunger nor war). Now I oppose Obama’s desire to give that money to his terrorist buddies. I’ve had enough of this subject. I think I’ll look up the definitions of socialism and entitlement in one of my favorite books (the dictionary).

The $2 billion per year we’ve been giving Egypt? Thanks to Barry’s spending, our debt is rising the same amount every 12 hours.

Neil A. Davis, Gothenburg

   

Consider yourself invited

You are invited to the 17th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dawson County on Friday, July 29, at Haymaker Stadium in Cozad.

Anyone who has spent a night participating in an American Cancer Society Relay For Life knows how tiring—yet fulfilling—the event can be.

The idea is simple. You get about 8-15 of your friends and/or coworkers together on a Friday night. You raise money or take donations from people who can’t participate. Then you walk—for at least 12 hours straight. To simplify things, the rule is that at least one person from each team agrees to walk at all times. Easy right?

The events always begin with one lap with most of the participants standing on the sidelines. Why? Because this first lap is reserved to honor cancer patients, cancer survivors and often caregivers.

Groups camp out near the walking area and spend the hours talking, playing games, taking turns walking the track and encouraging one another. The festivities grow a little subdued with the lighting of memorial candles that line the walking area.

Sometime after dawn, the tents are taken down, the candles are blown out, and everyone goes their separate ways knowing they spent the night raising money for a good cause.

And, thankfully, a large number of dedicated people and businesses take the opportunity to participate and raise money for cancer research and programs to help cancer patients.

But the success of the Relay For Life events also has a deeper meaning. Sadly, at some level or at some point in everyone’s life, we all have or will deal with cancer.

If we are not individually diagnosed with the disease, we all can name a coworker, friend, sibling, an aunt or uncle, or even a parent who had cancer. Cancer knows no race, economic background or geography. It can affect us all.

Many of the volunteers and participants at the Relay events are there for someone else, either in their memory or to personally support someone’s fight with the disease. Few events combine laughter and fun so closely with pain and tears.

So to all those who have walked or generously given money to walkers, we offer congratulations on personally making a difference in the fight against cancer. To those of you who have not participated in the past, take a chance, take a stand and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

Join us this Friday. The activities start at 6:15 p.m. Cancer doesn’t rest at night and neither will we!

Pam Ackerman, Relay For Life of Dawson County

W.C.S.G. Garden of Hope Team Captain

   

Here are some real facts

MEDI-“SCARE” has now officially appeared in Nebraska. Yep, I heard it on KICX radio in McCook (how appropriate) last Saturday while driving to work at Quality Urgent Care, in McCook, from my home in Gothenburg.

Ben Nelson was “approving” a message from the Nebraska Democratic Party. In summary, he will vote to control costs but not “on the backs of our seniors.”

Medi-scare is a play on words. It is what the Democratic party wants to use to take our minds off the horrible economy, soaring deficits and rising unemployment.

The Democrats have nothing else to campaign on. They have to “change the subject.” And scaring seniors about Medicare and social security is what they have chosen to use in this election.

Now, here’s another new word, MEDI-FACT! It is a fact that Medicare is going broke. I’m turning 55 years old in October of this year. Without, substantial changes, Medicare will not be solvent in 10 years.

Here’s another fact, the suggested changes to Medicare do not affect our current seniors. They will continue on, as though nothing has changed. The only changes will be for those of us, not yet closer, than 10 years, to Medicare age.

And here’s another fact left out of the radio spot, “obamacare” will, in part, “pay for itself” by taking $500 million, (a half a billion dollars) out of, an already financially teetering, Medicare.

And finally, the most important fact, the fact that the Nebraska Democratic Party left out of their Medi-scare announcement…Ben Nelson is the reason that we have a brand new bureaucracy that will further bankrupt our economy. We have obamacare, because of Ben Nelson.

We all remember, the nation as a whole did not want this new “entitlement program,” but Ben took a $17 billion “bribe” and he was the vote that gave us obamacare. That whole episode didn’t pass the smell test. The quid pro quo for which that “deal” was all about is just the thing that makes us all dislike our senators and congressmen so much.

Well, Sen. Nelson, this Medi-“scare” angle also doesn’t pass the smell test either. It’s not the truth, and you and your Democratic Party buddies know it. So let’s get to the real issues for this campaign, to quote a Bill Clinton---It’s the economy….stupid!

Jay Matzke, M.D., Gothenburg

   

Foreign aid vs. entitlements

I have been trying to decipher the 7-6-11 letter to the editor.

What I have come up with is that the writer believes that Barack Obama is a weak leader because he cut back on funding for the Egyptian people, even though the Egyptian government resisted our aid and placed many obstacles making it difficult to complete activities for both USAID/Egypt’s bilateral programs and civil society direct grants programs. Most of the debate around the democracy and governance programs focuses on the question of whether they work.

Between 2005 and 2009 when democracy funding was at its peak, the Freedom House ratings showed Egypt in the “not free” category. The writer said that Obama helped bring about the likelihood that radicals will come to power there. Maybe the writer believes we should have helped to keep a corrupt dictator (Mubarak) in power. He said “at least there was peace”; if you can call corruption and allowing abuse of his own people peace.

The writer obviously feels that Obama should not have reduced funding to the Egyptian people but believes that entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, educational benefits, farm programs, etc.), which help our own people, are socialism.

Penny Fattig, Gothenburg

   

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