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Letter: We need to demand truth and transparency from our lawmakers

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:00 am

There was once a time when most Americans were extremely proud to be citizens of this country. A time when if you said derogatory things concerning your homeland or burned an American flag, you risked the wrath of many a World War II veteran or some other patriotic citizen.

A time when our president said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” — a nation that made us proud of our heritage and resolute in our endeavor to improve our world leadership.

We were aware there were flaws in the system, but felt they weren’t in the menacing nature of today’s challenges.

After three wars and years of interventions, we’re so divided that many are affected with the stress of the challenges. Now it seems we’ve evolved into a “free lunch for my vote” electorate. This behavior just weakens our system of democracy and leads to diminished opportunity for all.

Now it’s crucial that our elected leaders do what they were elected to do. Start by telling the truth about such things as the Affordable Care Act, a federal law that was sold as a national low-cost health program that would reduce costs and benefit all Americans. Why, then, isn’t it a plan that is truly dedicated to health instead of hundreds of pages of “lawyered up” jargon that even a majority of those in Congress admitted they hadn’t read? And, it might be added, a law that has been altered over a dozen times by “executive proclamation.” Shouldn’t it be free of the ride-along pork that would never see the light of day on its own? And is it honest, or even moral, to pass along this financial “Ponzi scheme” to our children and their children?

In the past, we had little way to discern facts from fiction. Today, with the Internet and a some competent media sources, we no longer need to rely on charisma and faith to control our thinking. Our challenge now is to pay attention to what is said to us and to filter out the spin in the party agenda. We need to fight for the “transparency” that we were promised.

Richard Viall


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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:02 am on Thu, Mar 6, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488


    Good one, Mr. Taves!

    I guess we should thank "the good Lord" for delivering us from 12 years of war and thousands of killed and wounded on the whim of a "born again" charlatan and his evil mentor.

    Yeah - that's what we're thankful for.

  • Walter Chang posted at 6:37 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191

    Looks like I touched a nerve!


  • Walter Chang posted at 6:37 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191


  • Eric Barrow posted at 2:45 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Stan says "You should be embarrassed, but you're not; you should apologize, but you won't; and you should ask the good Lord for his ever-lasting guidance -- like that will ever happen" Stan we have nothing to apologies for we're not embarrassed and as far as listening to the good Lord I think the right has little room to judge considering there despicable treatment of the poor and needy.

  • stan taves posted at 5:49 pm on Mon, Mar 3, 2014.

    Stan Taves Posts: 320

    On this day, 4 yrs ago, we elected "Hope and Change"-- and without ever challenging the meaning there-of. Then again, there were many voices that were left unheard; and only because the dream of "Hope and Change" seemed worth the gamble to those unwilling to face the insanity that "progressivism" has wrought. Now look at this mess! How dare you Obama supporters; for coming in here -- or anywhere else -- and talking ugly on the right. You should be embarrassed, but you're not; you should apologize, but you won't; and you should ask the good Lord for his ever-lasting guidance -- like that will ever happen...

  • Ed Walters posted at 7:10 pm on Sat, Mar 1, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    Chang: You state that Milhous resigned in shame. Was watergate really that bad? You must remember that he ended the war in Viet Nam. Now on to a bigger shame, Bill and Monica, for which he should have resigned, never the less he was a few votes short of being removed as President and only the second President to be impeached. Shame.

  • Walter Chang posted at 8:22 am on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191

    On this day...

    40 years ago...

    Richard Milhous Nixon...

    The 37th president and a Republican...

    Resigned in shame!

    I imagine those were "dark times" for a young Republican just exiting puberty???

    Jerry, care to reminence?



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