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From page A7 | February 23, 2012 |

In the last week, there have been a few letters to the Daily Republic that need addressing.

The first was in the Feb.17 edition concerning the GOP and racism. I am no fan of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, but when he spoke of the “food-stamp” president, he never mentioned race, but the writer sure did. Also, when President Ronald Reagan spoke of a woman who had 80 names and 30 different addresses, he never mentioned what her race was. This writer would rather get upset at Reagan instead of being upset that this “welfare queen” was literally stealing food from those poor people who really needed it and deserved it. Talk about having one’s priorities out of whack.

I learned a long time ago that when that ugly word, racism, is brought up, usually, the person that first brings it up has the race problem.

The second letter to your newspaper was in the Feb. 20 edition. The letter writer wrote about people listening to each other and then proves that she herself isn’t listening with regard to the GOP candidates for president. I have listened to the debates and the speeches and I have heard, on more than one occasion, all of the GOP candidates address the problems of the housing crisis, boosting the economy and health care. They have made it quite clear why they don’t think taxing higher-income people at this time is a good idea.

This writer seemed to suggest that (GOP candidates) wanting to defeat President Barack Obama is a bad thing. As if the Democrats never wanted to defeat then-President George W. Bush. Don’t throw rocks if you live in a glass house.

I have listened to the speeches of President Obama, evidently more than this writer has listened to GOP speeches, and I don’t care for his (what I consider to be) socialist agenda. I truly hope he can be defeated in November or we will lose more of our liberty, in my opinion. The fault lines continue.

Don Swartzell

Vacaville

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  • Gary KatocsFebruary 20, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    Mr Obama's prejudice was endowed by his father and nurtured in the hate church of Rev.Wright pure and simple.White people GOP and DEM walk 2 feet in a shoe around important issues afraid that they'll be perceived as bigots.If any thing is going to help this sham of a president get re-elected it will be this mis-placed guilt.The GOP is big tent and we welcome all with the only caveat that you be conservative in thought,word and deed.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 21, 2012 - 8:11 am

    "Socialist agenda." There it is a FOX-ism, and so goes your credibility Sir. For election purposes, identifying yourself as a Republican would be much safer than calling yourself a Conservative or Tea Party Patriot. It doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree, or even if it is true for that matter. Being Conservative suggests you lean a little farther right, and the majority of Americans are not comfortable there. That is and has been my interpretation of public opinion and the selection process has shown that to be the case.

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  • Gary KatocsFebruary 21, 2012 - 8:30 am

    What exactly would you call programs that nationalize health care...tell private companies(Boeing) where they can or can't build a plant...Subsidize private industry with taxpayer funding(and worse lose the money)..actually use terms like "income re-distribution"..intrude into the lives of private citizens on every level from the schoolroom to the bedroom..to the food we eat,the cars we drive.the guns we shoot?..Again with the majority thing..you don't understand the concept of the Republic you live in and probably never will..

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 21, 2012 - 9:17 am

    Gary, I have no idea what "you don’t understand the concept of the Republic you live in and probably never will" means? If we're not talking about the majority, those that determine an outcome of any debate, election, etc. Then what are we talking about? My record suggests I fully understand what they want and they have supported my theory for the past few years. I don't think I'm the one confusing the facts here?

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  • SavetheRepublicFebruary 22, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Sit back Stay awhile Kick your shoes off Y'all come back now y'hear

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  • Gary KatocsFebruary 21, 2012 - 9:57 am

    Not confusing the facts per se ..but not understanding them..FYI a Republic is different from a Democracy in that in a Republic the minority is given a voice and every consideration that's given the majority..Some how the distinction since our country's founding has b een blurred but it makes it no less valid..Think back to why people came here in the first place..it was to escape a majority that persecuted them...Our founders were quite in tune to that and made sure that the United States would not be a Democracy where simple majority rules but a Republic..Google it,note Ben Franklins comments..and review what you say when you pledge allegiance to our flag.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 22, 2012 - 8:57 am

    Gary, thank you for that. So the bottom line is that well-intentioned good people made choices to provide all of us with a better life and simple rules of fairness to keep things under control. Then a list of sometimes religious fanatics, power-driven, charismatic interlopers invaded the system to create their version of "making it better" and mucked up the works, would that be close?

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  • Gary KatocsFebruary 22, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Not close..not by a country mile...there will always be the people you describe..and sometimes they may well be in the minority.. in a Republic they get their say..and they have an input.and are given every consideration..Like the Unions..they don't have a say?.Of course they do..but they don't get to put their boots on the necks of the minority in any given ..say factory or company where the minority choose not to join..It's the essence of democracy distilled down to the spirit of a Republic..

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  • SavetheRepublicFebruary 22, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    Then why are we people that support Ron Paul so set upon and belittled? If You think you are so smart

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  • sapsguyFebruary 21, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    Democrats like "democracy" only as long as they have the majority vote. When they don't win the vote, they squeal and moan and groan and demand equal treatment under the system set up by our republican form of government.

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  • SavetheRepublicFebruary 22, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    There is always that constant problem that when 51% of the people find that they can vote themselves the proceeds of the public purse that spending will get out of control. I did not word that well, but you know what I mean.

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  • Gary KatocsFebruary 26, 2012 - 7:55 am

    It's easy to spend money that's not yours..people like Kirchey and Jones wouldn't give a dime to back up their empty rhetoric..but they're quite happy to spend other people's money..Easiest thing in the world for the majority to demonize an unpopular minority...

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  • Gary KatocsFebruary 21, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    And thr Dems will always hide behind the skirts of the poor and disenfranchised whispering come with us we got candy..and the Kircheys,Joneses and Brooks of the world will jump on the wagon because of guilt and ignorance.

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  • Mike KirchubelFebruary 22, 2012 - 10:25 am

    And the Katocs of the world will be fooled by the right-wing media into thinking they are being patriotic, religous, and all grown up, while their war, subsides, and monopolies make them poorer and more controlled than any "welfare state" ever could. Different bandwagon, worse results. Open your eyes and look around. The Bush Recession was not caused by food stamps, unemployment insurance, or Social Security.

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  • Gary KatocsFebruary 22, 2012 - 11:59 am

    You make Save the Republic look sane!

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  • SavetheRepublicFebruary 22, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    Well at least we made you look

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  • Gary KatocsFebruary 26, 2012 - 7:34 am

    Just a playful jab..it's all the book titles..they wore me down.m

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  • sapsguyFebruary 26, 2012 - 7:06 am

    Why is not a surprise that the Prevaricating Paraphraser just had to chime in with his tired old attack on citizens who choose to believe political ideas different from his own warped sense of reality?

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  • Gary KatocsFebruary 26, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Well I opened my eyes..no food stamps,unemployment insurance(never collected either) as for social security I guess I'll take it since unlike the former I paid for it...

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  • SavetheRepublicFebruary 22, 2012 - 9:22 am

    be conservative in thought,word and deed This would be Presidential Candidate Ron Paul

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  • SavetheRepublicFebruary 22, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Ok Nuff said. I will not Take the Bait. You guys have a happy. Bye

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  • Gary KatocsFebruary 22, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    When I see SAVE THE REPUBLIC..I just delete

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  • SavetheRepublicFebruary 22, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    Garbage In Garbage Out ???

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  • SavetheRepublicFebruary 22, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA1R3henIhw&feature=related

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