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Letters to the Editor

Tired of deadlock

November 3, 2010

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To the editor:

Well, the election is over — finally. Congratulations to the winners, but we have a word or two for you.

All we know about you is what you think about your opponent. We know nothing about you. What are your plans other than winning? This has been the most negative campaign season we have ever witnessed and we are glad it’s over. But you must know this: We, Americans, are tired of the deadlock in Washington. We don’t care what side of the aisle you sit on, cooperate with the other side and stop the partisan politics and vote for the issue, not just the party line. It is time to solve our problems. You represent us, not the special interests, and if you don’t vote our will, you will be forced home in a couple of years.

If you don’t like what President Obama has brought forth, don’t kill it and give us nothing in return. The party of “no” is not the answer. It is the party of “Well, no, but how about this,” that wins in the end.

Work together to solve the problems, not blame others.

And if you do nothing to help, you are part of the problem. Your time there will be short. Don’t sell your house in Kansas. It is time for “we the people” to take our government away from special interests and if you minimize them, we will have a more efficient and effective government. Then you will represent the will of the people. Do it now!

You have been elected. We are counting on you!

David Omar,

Lawrence

Comments

overplayedhistory 3 years, 5 months ago

Lack of education and understanding of civic duty leave as space ripe for exploitation by unlimited corporate campaign spending. The election results tell us that even though we are center right when we vote for candidates, we are center left when it come to our own back yard. Although republicans swept in with some of the most radical candidates ever, individual ballots measures that were conservative tended to fail, city tax hikes and progressive projects like the library, tended to be approved nationwide.

Schizophrenic is what we are. The first compromise needs to be the individual with the self.

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kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

Not only do the legislators need to get the job done without the party line spats, but so do the American people. I cannot believe the hatred and ignoranceof so many commentors on so many sites during this election. It's become apparent a large number of our citizens don't understand the difference between the Constitution and the Bill of Rights or how the House works. The lack of understanding of what is in certain Bills and Acts is so appalling that people don't always know what they are voting for, or against.

We need to work on that, us, not the politicians.

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JayCat_67 3 years, 5 months ago

The real issue is the two party system as it currently exists. The fact is that the entire country is left to vote for candidates that are selected by the extreme ends of the political spectrum. In order to get through a primary, a democratic candidate has to pander to the extreme left of the democratic party and, if eventually elected to office, must continue to do so to avoid getting bounced in the primary the next time around. The same concept applies to Republican candidates. Honestly, was Sarah Palin selected as John McCain's running mate two years ago because she was an experienced, competent leader, or was it because McCain wasn't considered "right" enough to energize the Republican base? Think about it. Unfortunately, independent or third party candidates don't stand much of a chance as there is so much special interest money being funneled into the major parties; money that can be spent on those wonderful attack ads that we all love to hate. (Unfortunately, as much as we do hate them, they are much more effective at eliciting a powerful emotional response than an ad that says "Hi, I'm Joe Blow, and this is what I stand for...") Anyway, the last third party candidate of any real consequence was Ross Perot, and he had a whole ton of his own money to spend. Because of this though, he was able to present his ideas without having them approved by party interests. Would he have been a good president? After his goofy "on again/off again" campaign, I have serious doubts, but he is an excellent example of what it would take for a third party candidate to have any chance. So what is the answer? The two party system isn't likely to go away any time soon. Perhaps opening the primary process to everyone regardless of party affiliation would work. Of course, this would allow hard core Republicans and Democrats to vote against what they perceive as their greatest threats in the primaries. However, a moderate candidate may actually be able to run on their own merits and rely on the votes of independents and like minded members of both parties instead of worrying about toeing the party line on every issue. Come the general election, we may actually end up with candidates that can truly debate issues and give us someone to vote "for" with some hope that they'll actually represent more than just special interest groups. Then again, maybe I'm just a foolish dreamer. Oh well, dream on.

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gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 5 months ago

I, for one, shall not rest until Lawrence gets a solar powered monorail paid for by a tax on energy inefficient landscapers. Further, I would like the city to explore building a wall around the city and outlawing chain stores within the interior.

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Slaphappy 3 years, 5 months ago

When my kids demand something I can't afford I tell them No.

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Abdu Omar 3 years, 5 months ago

We the people will never own our government until we get rid of special interests, period. This should be the first item of business. But the legilators cannot get rid of them because they give them money and lots of it for whatever they want. Why is it that a person goes to Washington as middle class and comes home after two three years as a millionaire? It is the special interests. Let make them go away!!

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 months ago

Dwight Eisenhower was last Republican President to preside over a balanced budget. He had a balanced budget in 1956 and 1957.

Since then, there have been two presidents to preside over balanced budgets, LBJ in 1969 and Clinton in 1998 through 2001.

During the last 40 years there have been five budget surpluses, all five were under Democratic Presidents: 1969, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001( GWBush blew this surplus quickly).

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Slaphappy 3 years, 5 months ago

I'd like to do what the Democrats want, but I can't afford it.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 months ago

David Omar I can appreciate your letter. You and I must stop kidding ourselves into believing that much change will take place UNTIL you,me and all others across the nation demand that special interest financing of our election process must stop immediately.

Special interest financing of elections is why:

  1. multi trillion dollar wars exist against nations that did not attack the USA

  2. Americans cannot have access to IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for ALL in which insurance giants together with the Chamber of Commerce spent $1.4 million a day to defeat. What a waste of medical insurance dollars!

3.Americans do not have more fuel efficient vehicles on the road. Oil kingdoms such as Koch brothers,EXXON-Mobil,Phillips-Conoco etc etc constantly feed us BS about global warming and air pollution

4.It takes forever to have cleaner,less expensive and more efficient energy sources

  1. we do not have elections and legislation NOT controlled by corporate american conflicts of interest.

6.Americans cannot get truth in advertising from all sources of media = It was noted that campaigns spent $3 billion on the media.

Then again why do voters elect the big spenders and send back incumbents time and time again? This makes voters a big part of the problem!

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weeslicket 3 years, 5 months ago

as for myself, i was expecting: republican control of the house. president obama is still president obama. and, i was actually rooting for a 50-50 tie in the senate.

on mixed government: hasn't reasonable compromise , in our history, delivered to us mostly satisfying and long lasting improvement to our life as a nation? any commentary on the evidence of that observation?

perhaps we are now forced to have this conversation.

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Abdu Omar 3 years, 5 months ago

The people must speak for themselves. I agree wholeheartedly with this letter and I think it is time to break the old paradigms and bring in something new, like a real government. Obama tried to break the deadlock, but remember when he took office, the republicans when into hiding to plan a strategy? Instead of listening to the people, we are listening to others who share our opinion and no one else. This must stop and it will if we the people are firm in what WE want. In a larger sense, we are listening to the media and agreeing with them and not doing the homework of finding out the real truth. The situation with the "Ground Zero" mosque is an example. It was neither a mosque nor on ground Zero.

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libra101 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm afraid what we will quickly find out is you can't compromise with crazy. And any sane Republican who tries to play nice and actually work to get things done will find themselves primaried by a tea bagger so fast it will make their head spin.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 5 months ago

You're speaking to deaf ears, David. The Party of the Koch Brothers, Beck, Rush, Palin, et al have no intentions of compromising. Their only intent, and the only tools in their bag, are self-promotion, fearmongering and divisiveness. There is no room for compromise or workable ideas in that bag.

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mom_of_three 3 years, 5 months ago

yep. I am tired of hearing "what my opponent did." I want to hear "what I want to do or this is what I would have done."
heard someone in the east last night say they want to repeal healthcare, but didn't give an alternative or reason to why, other than it was obama care. That kind of stuff has to end.

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grammaddy 3 years, 5 months ago

Well said!Time to quit all the in-fighting and get to work.

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