Letter to the Editor

Try before you buy

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dear Editor,

Wouldn't it be great if we could order our U.S. president from a catalog? We could evaluate him on a trial basis. Then we could return him if he did not meet our expectations.

Unfortunately, the Arab Spring is now looking like an Arab Winter as far as Egypt and Libya are concerned.

Sam Bacile, writer and director of a short film attacking Islam's prophet, Muhammad, has caused death and destruction.

About 2,000 Egyptian Muslims protested against the U.S. and this 14-minute movie by destroying the American flag and writing on the walls of our embassy in Cairo.

President Obama has been criticized for not reacting quickly enough to the protests in both Egypt and Libya. However, he did announce that the U.S. State Department will act upon the problems in both those countries.

Libya's new president has issued an apology to the U.S. Still, many people are outraged. News of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens' death, as well as that of Sean Smith, foregn service information officer in Libya, has been a shock. In addition, other staff members were also killed and this problem won't go away very soon.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate, has criticized the White House for giving mixed signals.

President Obama has attempted to soften the blow by promising increased security to protect the lives of American diplomatic personnel around the workd.

Film maker Sam Bacile has reacted by going into hiding.

Still more fuel has been added to the fire. Benjamin Netanyaho, Israel's prime minister, is coming to the U.S. in about two weeks. Barack Obama will not be meeting with him face-to-face, because of a busy schedule. Instead, he talked to Netanyaho on the phone. This has been described by political experts as "snubbing the prime minister."

Personally, I agree with Dick Trail's column in the Sept. 11, Gazette. The film, "2016," explains the situation very clearly. It is "a real eye-opener."

Helen Ruth Arnold

Trenton, Nebraska

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  • In less than four years under Obama the debt has grown larger than the total past debt for the US. Our kids and grand kids will be paying this off and they may not have social security or Medicare. We borrow 42 cents for every dollar the US government spends. Attempts to reach out to radicals in the middle east has failed in a blaze of our embassies and Ameriican deaths. Cover-ups in Lybia and fast and ferious. Time for a new pres.

    -- Posted by dennis on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 3:31 PM
  • Well lets just take the republican path, "start another unfunded war"!!!

    -- Posted by mickhaney on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 6:00 PM
  • Be it war or famine, there will be mortal repercussions. The US Military at least has morals and precision going for them, the democrats seem to only want to impose harm and strife on those not closely tied to them, ie.... Unified Health care... "Its great, but if you don't mind, we'll continue to use our own health insurance providers".... "Who needs Social Security and Medicare when you have a nest egg set aside for retirement, funded by the tax payers? WHAT? The US Congress are the only ones that have that? Well, sign the new bill so we can get out of here, I have a T time to make in Texas and my private jet's been running for an hour..... No, don't read the bill just sign it, it won't effect you anyway! GOTTA GO, SIGN IT ALREADY!"

    There's a saying in poker, "Bet the odds." When you keep loosing hands because your confident that your ship will come in with an inside straight, you had better lay your ATM card on the table, because its gonna be a long night. Our attempt for an inside straight has led to a long 4 years and our ATM card is tapped out, our watches are in the kiddy and we're dialing our brother-in-law to see if he can float us another C-Note. Can America stand to gamble on the same inside straight for another 4 years? I submit to you that the brother-in-law shut off his phone, and that untanned band around our wrist where the Timex used to be, should be suggesting to us that we are out of time and we better be looking for a pair of deuces, because according to the Law of Averages, we'll hit the pair 12 times before an inside straight comes our way.

    With that analogy, who wants the loan sharks knocking on your door? 4 more years of knowing full well what we are in for should just about seal the deal for America.

    For me, I'm banking on the deuces, at least I have a glimmer of hope with that.

    "A man without hope, is a man without purpose, harmony, and drive" (Erin Shau) Betting on the democrats for another 4 years is like playing the Mega-Millions, almost no chance to win, the difference is that rather than costing a job and a home, the lottery costs just $2.00 and the payoff for a democratic victory will not result in making your dreams come true.

    If there is a re-elect in 2012, and the president knows that he's not eligible for another term, he can then sit back and relax without concern of how fast our Great Nation crumbles. If things went horribly horribly bad the first 4 years and he had concerns about re-election during that term, imagine what a passive attitude will do to us...... Think about THAT!

    -- Posted by Nick Mercy on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 9:58 PM
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    If I remember correctly...it was the terrorists who "started the war"....

    Unfortunately, this president has outspent what was spent on the war by giving money away to green energy companies that took the money and went bankrupt, foreign car companies (and domestic ones), Brazilian oil companies, universal health care (for anyone in the universe that comes over to use it), commercials in Arab countries telling them that Obama is sorry the mean ol' Christians are so hateful....etc.

    If there is a re-election...how many signatures do we need for a recall?

    -- Posted by Mickel on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 11:22 PM
  • Can someone please explain to me why Obama has any followers at all? Help me figure out what this administration has done that is good.

    -- Posted by Sandra M on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 11:32 PM
  • It is very unlikely that romney will win. I dont see how it is possible. Obama has huge support amoung the poor and the minorities and much of the older population and the ever increasing number of government workers. People in these kinds of groups sense that he is genuinely for them and they are right to think that he is. And , of course, these are very large groups.Plus, they will continue to get larger.

    -- Posted by bob s on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 12:33 PM
  • forgot to metion due to an engery policy that hurts coal, oil, natural gas that the price at the pump has gone up more than double since Obama took office which has increased the prices of all goods shipped by truck and train and plane.

    -- Posted by dennis on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 2:00 PM
  • here's the chart - check out the 5 year history --http://www.nebraskagasprices.com/retail_price_chart.aspx

    -- Posted by bob s on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 2:25 PM
  • actually - the 8 year history of the chart is a little more interesting

    -- Posted by bob s on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 2:28 PM
  • If the "poor" are in support of Obama, then I can certainly see how he can be re-elected.... During his administration..... THAT group has multiplied, to an outragious degree. Good planning on his behalf, get the poor on your side then bankrupt the Middle Class so they support you. On paper it sounds good, but poor doesn't mean stupid, if the "poor" group is still poor after 4 years, do we think it will get better with another 4? This is coming from a Quite NOT Supportive Poor Voter.

    -- Posted by Nick Mercy on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 2:34 PM
  • i'm sure obama feels your pain nick mercer.Anyway, the poor are a huge voting block for obama - i've never spent much time tracing how they got there. But be there they are and as a whole support obama they do.

    -- Posted by bob s on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 3:29 PM
  • Actually, i also haven't figured out how people become minorities. I havent traced that down to its root cause either.

    -- Posted by bob s on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 3:38 PM
  • Nice Chart Bob.. Shows how picking a date and using that date for propoganda (e.g. gas prices have gone way up during this administration) is just that, sheeple propoganda. Back up six months from 2008 and the argument falls apart. Second, isn't the price of gas a function of business, not government. Oil companies have been having RECORD profits (actually made more money in some quarters than at any time in history and for any company). The right wing sheeple ought to be focusing on the OIL monopolies..

    -- Posted by mickhaney on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 3:58 PM
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