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Opinion

March 23, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Debate will continue on voting rights issue

— In response to Froston Back’s letter on Feb. 24th: I suggest and heartily recommend that Mr. Back check the Pennsylvania State Senate’s 538 Bill to do just exactly what my Feb. 19th letter stated.

I respectfully disagree with his inferences. Politically motivated changes of this kind do undermind the voter’s expectations of fairness and honesty. How can citizens who believe they are exercising their lawful right to vote be sure the process hasn’t been rigged? Why is the integrity of our constitutionally guaranteed franchise to vote being compromised by a few who would knowingly change it to their advantage? The debate will obviously continue.

CHARLES LILE

Hulbert

Government can’t

fix our problems

The President is in Israel saying “we’re a democracy.” I like to think I’m pretty “up” on current events but I guess I missed this major change in our government. So I called Sen. Coburn’s and Sen. Inhofe’s offices in D.C. and asked the aide answering the phone what form of government we have; they both said “democracy.”

A little shaken I called my House representative’s office in D.C. and thankfully the aide there confirmed we are “still” a constitutional republic.

My question is; does the President not know the form of government he is part of?

Are the congressional aides not educated on how the system up there works? Is Mr. Obama intentionally stating this falsehood in the hopes if he says it enough people will believe it? Sadly it appears to be working.

Why do we keep looking to government to fix our problems when it’s clear they don’t have a clue or want to fix anything. Only government can urinate on us, tell us it’s raining and subsidize umbrellas to solve the problem. Just look at tax reform … more tapping the engine with a spanner and saying it’s fixed. Wake up America.

TONY LEACH

Oklahoma City

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