I'm writing in response to the three letters written last week attacking Mr. Wearing's column from the August 27 issue. While the men who wrote these letters seem very passionate, they were way off the mark.
Mr. Taylor states Mr. Wearing and Mr. Tribula have "nasty opinions" and are "clueless individuals." Not nasty, Mr. Taylor, just different than your opinions. Not cluless, they just think in a different way than you. Mr. Taylor goes on to write that he wants these opinions printed "nowhere." When I read a remark such as that, I'm glad we have the First Amendment protecting the freedom of the press.
Mr. Materna's letter claims he is "too intelligent to be a Democrat." Give me a break! I didn't know intelligence was a prerequisite to be a Democrat or a Republican.
I was impressed with Mr. Lengemann's letter. He always gives me a chuckle or two with his sarcasm and wit. But he is also misguided in his views on Barack Obama. He needs to take off the O'Reilly Factor glasses when looking at the world.
Lengemann claims Obama is a "socialist that will engage in income redistribution." When I think of income distribution, I'm reminded of a quote from one of our greatest presidents. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." I believe Obama would agree with FDR.
Mr. Lengemann also writes that Obama will engage in "government takeover of segments of our business and industry." I guess we don't have to worry about him taking over Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. President Bush took care of it for him!
In conclusion, we shall see if Obama "is an empty suit who is all blow and no go" starting on January 20th, when he takes the oath of office.
Christopher Babcock, Imlay City
September 10, 2008