I received an email today asking me to pray for, and then vote for Obama. Prayer isn't my usual way to get things done, but it did start me thinking. I want to share why I forwarded this particular email to everyone on my contact list.
I passed this email on because I think our country needs this man. Not because he has done everything right, he may have made some mistakes along the way, and I know there are many who will tell you chapter and verse of each one – this newspaper's editorial columnists for starters.
We need him to stay in office because he supports the little guy – the guy in the street – the you, and me, of everyday stress and strife. We don't need another politician running our country who only cares for those who have all the money and want to make more.
I need Medicare and Social Security and my children will need it too, eventually. I want these safeguards to be there for our children's children as I don't see any of us becoming millionaires in the near future. We are the masses, our sons and daughters the cannon fodder for rich men's wars – whether it be on the battle field in far off countries or at home in the fight for unions.
Please do what you can to avoid a future where our country's leaders only duty is to fill their own pockets to overflowing.
Thanking you in anticipation of a positive outcome for our country.
Margaret M. Caldwell
Off the mark
In response to a recently printed in Hernando Today, the AARP is a nonpartisan organization and we do not endorse political candidates nor coordinate with any candidate or political party.
We were not aware of and did not have any involvement with the ad Mr. Mike Stansbury referenced.
AARP has a 54 year history of working to keep Medicare and Social Security strong and we are working to assure that all Americans have a say in the future of those programs, with various congressional proposals and balanced comments from both sides at www.earnedasay.org. Find out where candidates for President, senate and congress stand on these issues, in their own words.
These vital programs are too important to all of us to be relegated to political spin.
Associate State Director
AARP Florida State Office
Getting at the truth
In "The Romney Trap" in the Sept. 26 letters to the editor Mr. Leatherwood goes to great lengths to point out that those who do not pay federal income tax still pay other taxes. So what? That's really not the point.
All wage earners contribute payroll taxes. Our gasoline is taxed. Our telephone and electricity are taxed.
There is tax built into the price of a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs and a gallon of milk. We all pay these taxes. The real issue is the 47 percent of us who pay no federal income tax.
Any proposal to reduce income tax rates is of little interest to them because they're not the ones paying. On the other hand those not paying in, but who are also taking out, fear that any tax reduction will knock fruit off the bush they've been grazing on.
This is the issue under consideration. Everything else is a smoke screen.
John S.V. Weiss
Spins and angles
Abraham Lincoln once said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Truer words were never spoken, especially in reference to the media.
Today's media sources are to the point, I believe, of destroying this country.
No longer does the media just report the facts. Now they put their spins and angles on it, and choose what to report, and what not to report.
Both political sides are guilty of this, but at least Fox News tries to give a "fair and balanced" side to things. Not so with MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN.
I am sick and tired of hearing the likes of Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Ed Shultz, and Andrea Mitchell tell us what we should be thinking, and when we don't agree with them, get spoken to like a stupid child. Their arrogance is amazing.
Another MSNBC commentator named Martin Bashir (who?), recently was interviewing a Republican spokesman, and when the spokesman didn't give Bashir the answer he wanted, he said, "take that back, take that back." When the spokesman refused, Bashir turned off the man's microphone.
Is Mr. Bashir 9 years old? When a video of Barack Obama came out recently where he said he believed in redistributing wealth, was that shown on the liberal stations? Of course not. In fact, Andrea Mitchell said, and hold onto your hats for this one, "we weren't positive that was Barack Obama in the video."
We have been inundated with a few things that Mitt Romney has said recently, that the biased media thought were mistakes. But, we don't hear about the mistakes by Barack Obama.
How many times have you heard on the liberal stations about Obama saying he believed in redistributing wealth? Has the media taken Obama to task for going on the TV show, "The View", when the Israeli PM has been begging for a meeting with him? Has the media taken Obama to task for saying the attack in Libya wasn't a terrorist attack, then said it was?. Other examples are just too many to list, this letter would never get printed!
What happened to the days where the media just reported the facts? Years ago, you never knew that Walter Cronkite was a die hard Democrat. He just reported the news, and kept his feelings out of it. Maybe the people in the media today can learn yet another lesson from the likes of people like Walter Cronkite. And, I was just speaking about the TV media. The print media is just as bad, but that's for another day.
I'm sure a lot of people reading this letter remember George Orwell's book, "1984", where the theme was big brother is watching. Well, we are there. "Big Brother", the media, is not only watching, but manipulating the news that we hear about. Sadly, as Abraham Lincoln said, we are being destroyed from within.