Dear Editor:

The Obama mystery — I have been following the media’s exposure of Governor Palin and the presidential candidate Obama. It is odd that the media has researched Palin’s background thoroughly. However, they have not provided any substantive information on Obama. Here we have a man running for president and with the information available to the public, he would not be able to pass a security clearance in the United States military because of his association and connections with radicals, and people of disreputable characters. His entire background has been obscured and he continues to lie about his association with known Communists, indicted and convicted felons (Frank Davis, Khalid al-Mansour, Raila Odinga, Bill Ayers, Louis Farrakhan, Tony Rezko), and the list goes on. You are known by the company you keep.

Also, the documents regarding Obama’s past achievements either do not exist or are inexplicably unavailable, or have not been released. It makes me wonder what he is trying to hide. Normally, a candidate for president would gladly provide documents of achievements and qualifications. Why the mystery?, What is he trying to hide? Can he prove that he is a U.S. citizen?  There is strong evidence that he is an Indonesia resident, when adopted by his mother’s husband at the age of 2, that he has never applied for a U.S. citizenship.  The following are some items that he should have made available to the public that are not released.

Occidental College records, Columbia College record, Columbia Thesis paper, Harvard College records, Selective Service Registration, medical records, Illinois State Senate schedule; law practice client list; certified copy of original birth certificate, embossed signed copy of certification of live birth; Harvard Law School articles published, record of baptism, Illinois State Senate records. 

Some things known are that he has been involved with ACORN, that he has been endorsed by every Muslim terrorist group, his friend Louis Farrakhan is head of the Nation of Islam. He has “Nations of Islam” employees on his current staff, and one of his advisors is a member of the global terrorist group, “Muslim Brotherhood.” Last — Senator Obama has not managed large groups of personnel, departments, material, or P&L statements. His actual qualifications for president of the United States of America are sadly lacking or have not been revealed. His voting record in the three years that he has been in the Senate are the most liberal of all senators. How can Americans not see through the smoke screen.  

Franklin Anderson



Dear Editor:

Wow! Your editorial in The SUN last week certainly put me in my place. I realize now that I am one of those oh-so delicate folks whose rare sensibilities are bruised by expressions of extreme, unfounded opinions that you referred to. More, I have a self-aggrandizing moralism and I am sure of my intellectual and ethical superiority. Wow again! Who would have thought it.

Although I didn’t say as such, I thought my letter was about the unique dimension of this particular presidential campaign, namely the racial dimension, and that more media publishing of vitriolic, hate-filled views only feeds the ethnocentricity that is still, all too apparent, in our society. Wow! How could I have been so wrong. Yep, I guess I am just one of those delicate souls who cannot tolerate expressions that offend.

And I got a history lesson. Seems that the political campaigns of yesteryear were not conducted with Milquetoast gentility but were every bit as raucous as those of today, perhaps even more so. I live and learn.

My alter-ego, Eddie, said I really shouldn’t beat myself up about this, he thought your editorial was a bit overdone, his actual words were “Methinks he protesteth too much,” whatever that might mean. But I do not agree. You are the Editor. Keep up the good work I say, and continue to disclaim delicate sensibilities. Clearly, I still have much more to learn.

Edward Patrick Bennett

Editor’s note: Wow! Eddie sounds like a pretty smart guy.

Yes, we can

Dear Editor:

Several years ago, I was eating a breakfast of store brand cereal, topped with bananas from the seconds rack, in a kitchen that likely cost more than any house I will ever own, in a very expensive home located in an exclusive part of Beaver Creek. Our hosts were a successful retired investment banker and wife, lifetime Republicans (annually donating over $100,000 to various associated causes) proudly proclaiming for George W. Bush. I inquired, why not McCain? “Well, he’s not trustworthy you know.” No? Why not? Several reasons were given, but primarily, “He was effected by his POW experience” Hmmm, you really think? “Oh, absolutely!” But what about the racial smear tactic used by George against McCain in W. Virginia? “Oh, that was necessary to win.”

 At that point, I finally accepted that there are people where 1 plus 1 will always equal 3.142. McCarthyism wasn’t a fluke. It gave voice to a group of Americans regardless of intelligence, education, fact, morality, values, ethos, wealth or religious training who truly believe, without the ability to change, that to save their America, dissent and difference have to be destroyed.  Short of another proBush speech from Osama bin Laden or worse, the specter of defeat has driven McCain to mimic George to these “true believers.” Witness the mob fear and hatred at McCain’s recent rallies, where they yell taped slogans  now spiced up with Obama’s an Arab, Muslim, terrorist, traitor or socialist, mixed with shouts of “kill him!” We all can see McCain’s campaign is endorsing race baiting … and worse, inciting violence.

The second downside of globalization is that there is no longer any room to fail. Therefore, to survive and successfully compete, the first thing to accept is there is no choice but increased personal taxation. Second, we have to balance the federal budget, period.  Third, trim the Pentagon’s shilling for their future employers (oops contractors).  Fourth, fight wars of real national interest like Afghanistan and terrorism.  Fifth, make the economic and environmental game changing leap to alternative energy.  Sixth, chuck George’s nationally dysfunctional education program known as “No Child Left Behind.”  And finally, devise an action plan for infrastructure and the security/national health dilemmas.  How to do/pay for that: start with rewarding corporations all the way to zero tax for incorporating, manufacturing, producing or servicing in America, not the other way around. And that’s not protectionism.

What’s the first step? How about yelling “Yes We Can” and then vote for Obama. 

Dave Blake

Critical qualities

Dear Editor:

Educational background and experience, in addition to high ethical standards, fiscal discipline, leadership skills and an ability to work together and compromise to get things done, are critical qualities in our county commissioners. This is the reason I support John Ranson and Marion Francis as our next new county commissioners. They are the only candidates with the educational background and work experience that our county so desperately needs. Those qualities and skills, along with the will to make the tough decisions that need to be made in light of our current economy, will make the difference in progress or stagnation of our county government.

As a member of the Citizens Financial Advisory Task Force for the past 18 months, I have seen firsthand the results of having well-intentioned elected officials who do not have the education and background necessary to implement their vision.

Just a couple of examples make my point. Based on a review of the county’s audited financial statements from 1997 to 2006 (audited financial statements for 2007 are not yet available) the county’s “Local Highway Finance” report in those financial statements shows that the county received funds of $35,295,180 for capital outlays and road maintenance, yet only $29,525,377 was actually spent on road construction and maintenance related activities. In the same period, general fund expenditures increased from $3,039,171 in 1997 to $9,371,119 in 2006. Most of the unspent road funds went to growing government. No wonder our roads are in the poor condition we find them. In last week’s initial 2009 budget submission, it shows that county staffing increased from 139 in 2003 to 168 in 2007 (the year of recognition of our financial crisis). In addition, it shows that during that period, the general funds staffing increased from 95 to 121 while the road and bridge funds staffing decreased from 24 to 19.

With the hands-on leadership of John Ranson and Marion Francis, the county will be able to refocus its efforts and resources to those areas that address our most pressing issues, roads and road maintenance and environmentally friendly economic development.

Al Bledsoe


Dear Editor:

Regarding the race for the Archuleta County treasurer, I would like to express my concerns about write-in candidate, Kelly Evans. Ms. Evans states that she was “intimately familiar with the statutes governing the Treasurer’s office and the procedures by which those state statutes are followed,” yet she fully acknowledges that for years she chose to keep quiet about illegalities because her job was threatened.

 Now, I’m sure that Ms. Evans is not the first person to allow fear to drive her decisions and actions, and I can sympathize with someone in that situation. However, I don’t think fear-based decision-making is a desirable trait for county treasurer. As a public servant, Ms. Evans had an obligation to expose wrongdoing. By possessing knowledge and choosing to do nothing, she “sold out” the people of Archuleta County. She put her own personal concerns above duty. She put her own job security above that of other county employees who lost their jobs when the money was gone. Perhaps this is why Ms. Evans was not chosen by the Vacancy Committee.

 According to Ms. Evans’ Web site, she possesses the “personal integrity to safeguard your money.” I don’t think so! Leadership expert John Maxwell wrote, “Integrity commits itself to character over personal gain … to principle over convenience.” Whether by commission or omission, Ms. Evans’ actions reveal a disturbing lack of integrity, and, if I may borrow another quote from her Web site, “we are all responsible for our actions.”

 That’s why I plan to vote for Betty Diller, a woman of real integrity, the quality most needed in our county treasurer.

 Mike Blum

Turnip truck

Dear Editor:

I’ve waited for some major newspaper to report on what Obama said in his interview with George Stephanopolis a few Sundays ago, but none have. Had McCain said the same thing, it would have been front page headlines for weeks. Obama said, “… with his Muslim faith …,” George interrupted and asked, “Don’t you mean your Christian faith?” Obama quickly responded, “Oh, yes, I meant my Christian faith.” I didn’t fall off a turnip truck yesterday, so I believe Obama’s first statement, not his retraction.

Bobbie Carruth

Real cause

Dear Editor:

The real cause of the county’s financial crisis.

At the recent LWV Candidate Forum I again heard the implication that the county’s financial crisis, and subsequent loss of jobs, were due to defects in the treasurer’s reports. This is not so. It has been convenient for those responsible to let this rumor persist.

In late 2006, after hearing of a possible shortage of county operating funds, the LWV Board asked me to resume a study of the county’s budget procedures.

I found that the commissioners had been operating to a badly unbalanced budget for at least three years (2004, 2005 and 2006). The budgets in those years were made to appear balanced by altering (inflating) the year-end balance figures provided by the treasurer. Each year the treasurer’s figures were inflated by something over $1.5 million. Operating with these unbalanced budgets caused the massive overspending that drained reserves by spring of 2007.

The above statements can be confirmed by comparing the treasurer’s year-end balances with beginning balances in the county budgets. The treasurer’s balances have always been confirmed by auditors.

Two practices by the county made it possible for this alteration of fund balances to go undetected: (1) In violation of State Statutes on-time audits were not being carried out, and (2) the treasurer and other elected officials were not involved in the review of the final version of the entire budget.

Jim Carson

No contradiction

Dear Editor:

For some of my friends who are active Catholics, abortion is the one and only overriding issue. I consider myself to be pro-life from conception to natural death and I also believe that we need to avoid abortions via programs that encourage pregnant women and their families to keep their pregnancies to full term. I have five daughters and five grandchildren; if one of my unmarried daughters was pregnant out of wedlock I would encourage her to keep the child and let it be adopted.

I believe that “abortion” has become a political football/wedge issue that is used to mobilize voters but for political reasons will not be ended legally. My early college years were spent studying engineering (USNA class of ’63). A scientist looks for perfection and certainty. An engineer looks for a practical solution. I think the engineer’s way to reduce abortions is to be pro-life and pro-family; that is create, nurture and fund programs that support women, children and families.

The U.S. Catholic bishops are very clear when they write that “a consistent ethic of life should guide all Catholic engagement in political life. This Catholic ethic neither treats all issues as morally equivalent nor reduces Catholic teaching to one or two issues.” (U.S. Catholic Bishops: “The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”) “This teaching also compels us as Catholics to oppose genocide, torture, unjust war, and the use of the death penalty, as well as to pursue peace and help overcome poverty, racism and other conditions that demean human life.” When the bishops speak about a “moral framework for decisions in public life” they emphasize a serious consideration of the larger picture, an examination of all the candidates’ positions. A thorough evaluation takes time, careful study and, above all, prayerful discernment.

There is no one perfect candidate who expresses all of our values. God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. However, we cannot afford to be single-issue voters. For the reasons outlined above I am a practicing Catholic who endorses Sen. Barack Obama for president and Mark Udall for the Senate. There is no contradiction between actively practicing my long held faith and my support of candidates who embrace core principles of family oriented Catholic social teaching.

Raymond P. Finney


Dear Editor:

Over the past year, I have read and heard some things that were somewhat disingenuous regarding our sheriff, and the job he and his deputies are doing for the citizens of this county. I wish to address some of the unsubstantiated innuendo, allegations they are not properly investigating complaints they received, and that they generally do not provide the service they are being paid for.

In March of this year, I submitted a complaint to the sheriff regarding situations where I had observed the child placement agency we worked for subjecting foster children to circumstances and conditions which resulted in them being sexually abused. This was accomplished by this company placing known sex offenders into foster homes with younger children, without advising foster parents they had done so.

Detective Rich Valdez began a six month investigation, which involved interviewing current and ex-foster parents in Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and Dolores counties. This deputy did an outstanding job and showed in every way that he is a true professional. The people he interviewed reported they found him to be well trained and informed, and that he possessed a deep empathy for them, and for what they and their kids had been subjected to.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Sheriff Gonzales, and Detective Sergeant Carl Smith, were also deeply involved in this case, as well. This is because our law enforcement officials have to be all things to all people, on a limited budget, and with limited personnel.

Detective Valdez’s conclusions were forwarded to the district attorney for possible filing of criminal charges, which speaks for the detective’s findings. His conclusions were also forwarded to the State Child Care Department, for their disposition. Deputy DA Russell Wasley called me and advised that he declined prosecution, because of problems with jurisdiction, and the statute of limitations, which is understandable under the circumstances.

What is not understandable is his decision not to include Det. Valdez’s findings in his overall assessment of the case, stating that he did not want to become involved in any civil lawsuit. I am not sure how this should be applied in this investigation, considering that state and federal laws make good-faith reporters of child abuse immune from civil and criminal liability. Our state Legislature, the Colorado Children’s Code and federal law all mandate that the complete reporting of child abuse is in the best interest of our children. I am having a problem understanding how his concern of a lawsuit is in the best interest of our kids.

Cliff Fugate


Dear Editor:

Fall leaves are falling and winter snow has dusted the high country — what a beautiful time to be outfitted with gloves and jackets on a crisp afternoon. Pagosa Lakes residents gathered Oct. 16 to donate and unload nearly 30 pickup loads of unwanted trash and debris during “Project Clean-up.” The project was coordinated by the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association, which is a mixed-use homeowners’ development located west of Pagosa Springs and consists of over 6,000 properties on 14,500 acres of land platted into 26 subdivisions.

Empowered with energy, fueled with water and cookie donations, forces were joined with Waste Management of Four Corners and 60 participants to focus on a fall cleanup effort to improve Pagosa Lakes neighborhoods.

Organizers and participants were pleased with the results and commented on the beautification taking place in the Pagosa Vista Subdivision as they drove throughout the area to access the dumpsite area. Many participants said they hope that the cleanup efforts will become a routine event — they were grateful for the organized project and look forward to a spring cleanup.

Margaret Gallegos

Elector help

Dear Editor:

Election Day is approaching. Early voting opens this week and ballots can be cast at the county courthouse until Oct. 31. I would suggest to everyone that you prepare before going into the voting booth. This year’s ballot is the longest in the country and complicated. It takes more than 15 minutes to read all of the amendments and initiatives proposed. Record turnout is expected on Nov. 4 and the lines will be long. 

If you are a Democrat voter and need a ride to the polls, contact the Archuleta County Democratic Party at 264-3367. You may also contact Vice-Chair Rich Goebel at 731-1841. We will arrange transportation and get you to the polls to cast an early ballot or help you get out on election day.


Leanne Goebel

Life or death

Dear Editor:

Amendment 48 — it’s a matter of life or death. It’s been proven and accepted that human life begins at conception. The DNA is intact and complete. All he or she has to do now is grow. Doesn’t it stand to reason that this tiny, vulnerable person has the right to not be killed?

For a mother to abort her own baby goes against her very nature. The “Silent No More Awareness Campaign” is proof of that. This group is composed of post-abortion women who make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men and their families. The emotional and physical pain of abortion will no longer be shrouded in secrecy and silence. Women deserve better than abortion. Please vote “yes” on Amendment 48 and declare the unborn as human persons.

Thank you,

Cathy Guisinger

State Board of Ed

Dear Editor:

I would like to endorse Jill Brake for Colorado State Board of Education. I believe Jill Brake will be the right choice for our children and education in Colorado. Jill has worked tirelessly for education for the past 26 years. Jill understands the legal and policy structure for education in Colorado and would bring a point of view that would support alignment of preschool through post-secondary education. Jill is highly regarded by policymakers and educators, and would hit the road running for education. Jill will serve our area well, as she is committed to traveling the area to serve us. Jill will be the representative we need in Denver and at the capital, that knows our particular needs, is willing to listen and engage conversations around education and speak up about issues. Jill has the whole set of skills to lead, the passion for the service and the energy to serve for six years in a non-paying job to put students’ needs first above partisan politics.

I endorse as strongly as I can the election of Jill Brake to the State Board of Education.

Jim Isgar


Pro 47

Dear Editor:

If you start your own company, nobody would say you must join a chamber of commerce in order to stay in business. If you grow corn, nobody would say you must join the Corn Growers Association.

Yet thousands of Coloradans are forced to join and/or pay dues to private organizations against their will at many workplaces across Colorado.

Does it seem unfair that someone could force you to join a private organization as a condition of employment? It is. But this is what thousands of Colorado workers endure by being forced to join a union in order to get a paycheck.

There are plenty of reasons to join private organizations that might benefit you or the community, at large, but we don’t think anybody should be forced to join. That’s why I support Amendment 47.

Amendment 47, the Colorado Right to Work Amendment, says that a worker cannot be forced to join a union or pay union dues in order to get or keep a job. But it also preserves a worker’s right to voluntarily join or financially support a union.

Amendment 47 is not anti-union; it’s pro-freedom and pro-worker. The benefits are twofold.

First, it’s a freedom issue. All workers should have the freedom to choose whether or not to join a union or pay union dues. Current law in Colorado allows some unions to force workers to pay dues, whether that worker wants to or not. That’s un-American and fundamentally flawed.

Second, there are 22 right-to-work states already. Studies show that right-to-work states perform better economically than non-right-to-work states. That means more jobs, higher paying jobs and a better economic environment.

In the West, citizens value individualism and personal responsibility. Forcing thousands of Coloradans to join a private organization in order to keep a job is wrong. The loss of revenue might be feared by union bosses who get paid whether they do a good job or not, but the freedom to associate with whom we choose is a freedom we all deserve. It is a constitutional right.

Amendment 47 doesn’t prohibit unions in Colorado. In fact, it might actually strengthen the collective voice of workers. By making a union boss actually earn his membership, he’ll have to better represent workers, be more responsive, and make a bigger difference for those workers. If a union is truly effective and does a great job for its membership, it only makes sense that a worker would voluntarily join.

Amendment 47 is about guaranteeing worker rights for all Coloradans, because the freedom to associate with whom we choose is too important to ignore. It’s also about strengthening this economy by bringing new companies, higher wages, and a better job market.

Samuel Gompers, the founder of the American Federation of Labor and considered by many to be a father of America’s labor movement, believed that unions should be voluntary institutions. Right to Work advocates complement Gompers’ vision, affording every individual that basic freedom to decide for him or herself whether or not to participate with a labor union.

Amendment 47 will make Colorado a better place to live, work, and to do business. In America, freedom is our most basic and cherished foundation. Let’s advance freedom together in Colorado.

Mark Larson


Dear Editor:

I attended the League of Women Voters event Oct. 14, where our citizens could meet the candidates for commissioner and treasurer and hear them speak and answer questions from their fellow citizens. Here are my summary impressions of them from this event.

First, Ron Chacey spoke. He was coherent and the only one to stress the quality of the community and its life. Chacey believes in the importance of planning for growth and of development paying its own way. Chacey has a history of work with the Southwest Land Alliance and with the Archuleta Planning Commission.

To his credit, Marion Francis approved of the idea of the quality of our community being important. Normally he was so occupied being as pompous as you want a bank president to be, that his agreement with Chacey that there’s more to county management than growth and facility with accounting was a surprise. Anyway, if you are in favor of promoting growth and want a commissioner with accounting skills, Francis sounds like a reasonable choice.

We must give our new friend Ray Keyawa credit for the evening’s only truly novel and original thought, tangled though it was in his confused and energetic speech. If I heard him right, he’d like to fire a bunch of our low-quality citizens. But being a kindly boss, Keyawa would first try to re-educate them. In the Pizza Hut story he told, minimum wage kids failed to give two weeks notice before returning to school! He neglected to mention that the courtesy of two weeks termination notice would not have been given them, nor would they have expected it. Did you know that governing a county is much like running a nut farm?

Natalie Carpenter. She’s a bit out of her depth, I think. I would advise her to get the mayor’s job in, say, Wasilla, for a few years. Then she’d be ready. As it is, Natalie’s rebus composition skills are not yet ready for show time. In the long winters north of Anchorage she could hone them. What am I talking about? Front page of her flier. On the back page she confesses to an interest in particle physics. That could come in handy.

Clifford Lucero sounds really sincere. I have no sense of his competence though, beyond his thick resume of community service and long family history here.

John Ranson seems to be a rational human. If you like development boosting and finance skills in a county commissioner, he’s your man.

For county treasurer, two candidates spoke. Betty Diller, the only candidate actually on the ballot, appears to have no direct experience running a treasurer’s office of any description. Her personal bankruptcy does not inspire a lot of confidence. The write-in candidate is Kelly Evans, who has lots of experience in the very office in question. She is the interim treasurer. This experience cuts two ways. She knows how the office works and is currently involved in bringing it into the present century and into compliance with the laws and accounting norms. However, when Evans was in position to blow the whistle on the poor practices of her predecessors, she did not. Given the protection that whistle-blowers usually get (none) her reluctance is at least understandable.

 Jim Milstein

River plan

Dear Editor:

This letter was also sent to town council.

Please reconsider the River Park Plan. Many people put a lot of time and energy into a River Park Plan and now you/ The Springs want to change it. If the regulations require moving Davey’s Rock, then let that take place. But, all of you know what his community wants as a river park. We do not want a child’s playground.

You ask for public to be/get involved with various projects, but realize when a plan is made and then to up and change it — it really is dysfunctional on our leaders’ part.

Thank you,

Pam Morrow

Green power

Dear Editor:

I recently discovered the WE campaign (wecansolveit.org). You may have seen their recent advertisements on television. This is an organization of citizens demanding clean, renewable power resources. We can be free from our dependency on foreign oil. We can clean our air and create jobs right here in our own backyard. I have joined, hoping to change my future and that of my son.

Closer to home, I have discovered LPEA offers the opportunity to buy green power. Wind generated power for $.80 per 100 kilowatt block. For an average household, it will add about $6 per month to your electric bill. Check out their Web site for all the details (LPEA.com).

It is a small step, but it’s just a first step. Join me and a million others begin to save our planet, save our nation and save our future.

And don’t forget to exercise your right to vote.

Denise Mudroch

2nd Amendment

Dear Editor:

By now most of us have heard about Barack Obama’s San Francisco speech where he referred to “bitter Americans who cling to their guns and religion.”

This is the same Obama who said he supported Washington, D.C.’s gun ban that prohibited citizens from possessing handguns for home protection; that is, until the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down the D.C. gun ban. Now he says he is in favor of the 2nd Amendment and agrees with the court’s ruling.

So, what is Obama’s real position on the right to keep and bear arms which is set out in the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Ask someone who knows.

In an “Open Letter to the Nation’s Hunters and Sportsmen,” dated Oct. 15, 2008, Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson states:

“I lobbied Barack Obama extensively while he was an Illinois state senator. As a result of that experience, I know Obama’s attitudes toward guns and gun owners better than anyone. The truth be told, in all my years in the Capitol I have never met a legislator who harbors more contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner than does Barack Obama … Obama voted four times against legislation that would allow a homeowner to use a firearm in defense of home and family … While a state senator, Obama voted for a bill that would ban nearly every hunting rifle, shotgun and target rifle owned by Illinois citizens.”

Pearson continues: “The Obama I know sees you, the law-abiding gun owner, as nothing but a low class lummox who is easily swayed by the flash of a smile and a ration of rosy rhetoric. The Obama I know is a stony-faced liar who has honed his skill at getting what he wants — so long as people are willing to give it to him.”

Virgil Pulliam

Econ ignorance

Dear Editor:

Looks like it’s written in blood that we are going to see a continuing effort by Democrats to make Americans as miserable, fearful and crisis-oriented as possible — all the way to Nov. 4. Democrat spin being media reality, the economy will be said to be on the verge of collapse through the election.

It would be foolish to think that there’s no problem. There is. But ignorance is the most expensive commodity we have. And economic ignorance could well cost this nation its future. Make no mistake; this election, like all others, turns on the economy. And with the current meltdown, it is essential that the American public make a correct diagnosis in order for voters to effect a cure.

The bottom line is, the crisis has a cause. And the cause if not capitalism, not deregulation, not George W. Bush, and not the House Republicans. The cause is bad government policy, bad law, and bad economics — perpetrated by liberals.

When the $700 billion bailout was first proposed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that Main Street had to be protected from Wall Street. On the campaign trail, Lord Barack Obama the Most Merciful echoed the “Wall Street versus Main Street” line … adding that Congress must have oversight. And the Messiah said: “We have to make sure that there’s some accountability mechanism in it, we want oversight.”

News flash to Democrats: You had oversight. It was your “oversight” which mandated that banks loan money to people who couldn’t afford to pay it back. It was under your “oversight” that Fannie and Freddie created so-called “toxic loans.” It was your pals, your donors, your advisors who looted Freddie and Fannie. Now you demand accountability?

If the American people understood how complicit Democrats were in this financial crisis, I have no doubt there would be accountability. Many of them would be thrown out of office, and some would be handcuffed and frog-marched down the Capitol steps.

In looking into the financial mess, it appears too massive to untangle. And if we fall for the standard liberal line, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you,” that means we’re going to get screwed. There are ways of dealing with this without total socialization of the markets or nationalization of the mortgage industry.

I trust conservatism. When in doubt, I go to conservatism. Growth, growth, growth is the answer. It always is, in economic matters. We need to attract more investment in our country, not less. We need to remove the obstacles that stand in the way of investment: confiscatory taxes on capital investment and successful business activity. We must stop punishing success and punishing risk. We need to reward it.

Sooner or later we will defeat the mindset that created this mess. In doing so, we can establish, once again, that the American dream is real — but it must be earned. And just as long as the “Messiah” is not allowed to “spread the wealth around.”

Jim Sawicki

Next step

Dear Editor:

Is being a financial expert really the most important qualification for our local public officers? Right now the national effect of financial wizards has resulted in the giant effort to bail out our banks and brokerage houses. County commissioners are responsible for coordinating and overseeing county affairs. Rather than a narrow focus, they need a broad range of experience, to be in touch with the whole community, and to have a large measure of common sense. We need to change our local economy from dependence on the housing industry, which is too vulnerable to constant local and national cycles. Housing should not be our economic driver but rather the follower in a diverse local economy. Our leaders need to be looking forward. County technical mechanisms and trained, capable staff are now in place for budgeting and financial oversight. Let’s get the leaders who can take us the next step. Ron Chacey is one of these. Vote for Ron Chacey for County Commissioner in District 1.

Bev Warburton

Who is to blame?

Dear Editor:

Normally, Republicans advocate deregulation to promote the private sector and prevent socialistic government. Hence, Republicans are blamed for the current financial debacle resulting from deregulation. The truth is Biden voted for Clinton’s deregulation law and opposed McCain when he called for regulation of Mae and Mac, foreseeing the impending disaster and calling for regulation needed to prevent it.

Now, “spread the wealth around” Obama tells business owners who are hurting that Republicans are to blame and he can fix everything, when he and Biden should have listened to McCain and prevented the disaster. So who is to blame? Joe The Plumber says Obama is a socialist and doesn’t want his or anyone’s taxes increased, including millionaires’.

Concerning Mae and Mac, did you ever wonder what happened to …? Franklin Raines, CEO of Mae: left with $240 million of investors’ money, had 101 charges against him, and had to return $50 million. Now? He is an Obama campaign chief economic advisor. Tim Howard, CFO of Mac: cooked the books, lied to Congress, and left with $20 million. Now? He is also a chief economic advisor to Obama. Both gave Obama $126,349. Jim Johnson, executive of Lehman Brothers, forced out as CEO of Mae, lied about compensation ($6-$7 million), actually $21 million, and took illegal loans from Countrywide. Now? He was hired as a senior Obama finance advisor and to run his VP search committee.

Philip J. Berg, Pennsylvania attorney and chairman of the Democratic Committee, filed a lawsuit to require Obama to produce birth documents or medical records, which he refuses to do, to comply with Constitutional eligibility requirements. Obama filed a countersuit to dismiss. What is he hiding? If he was born in the U.S., what has he to hide? If not, he is in deep trouble. In Kenya, his grandmother says that she was in the delivery room and witnessed his birth there, and upon a recent visit there, locals said they were proud to have one of their own make it big in the U.S. What is the truth? How can anyone vote for Obama?

Eugene Witkowski