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Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 10, 2012

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

Whoever hired MWAA insider should be fired

Re: "Airports board fires insider from $180k-a-year position," Sept. 6

Firing the "adviser" who was being paid $180,000 a year by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board was a good start.

Now they need to fire the person who hired former MWAA chairwoman Mame Reiley as a "consultant" after she left the board for health reasons. And they should deduct her $180,000 severance from that person's salary.

Whoever formed this ridiculous board needs to be investigated. It has done nothing useful.

Our state government needs to pass some laws to rein in such unethical actions as well as squandering tax money so freely. And they need to review all such contracts so no more overpriced "consultants" get so much money for doing nothing.

William Adams

Springfield

Clinton set stage for housing bubble, recession

Re: "Bubba: Give Obama time to finish the job," Sept. 6

Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul Ryan and the Republicans should hammer Bill Clinton and his alliance with President Obama. Clinton's speech nominating Obama for a second term deserves no accolades and the liberal media have intentionally failed to tell the truth.

It was Clinton -- using President Carter's Community Reinvestment Act to intimidate banks, mortgage lenders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make home loans to those who could not afford them -- who was responsible for the housing and financial meltdown and the recession, exacerbated by President Obama's $5 trillion in borrowed spending and his $16 trillion ticking debt-bomb clock.

President Bush tried to stop the madness, but he was thwarted by Rep. Barney Frank, Sen. Chris Dodd and the Democrat-controlled Congress. Obama accuses Romney and Ryan of lying to the American people, when it was he and his fellow Democrats in Congress who gutted a critically wounded economy, making things worse, and falsely blaming it on Bush.

It's bad enough that Clinton disgraced the White House and was impeached for it. But to applaud him for a balanced budget, a federal surplus and welfare reform when it was the work of House Speaker Newt Gingrich's Contract With America and a Republican Congress is a deception.

Daniel B. Jeffs

Apple Valley, Calif.

Whole world is safer without bin Laden

Re: "Killing of bin Laden was cold-blooded assassination," From Readers, Sept. 5

Has Paul Kokoski noticedthat since America responded to Osama bin Laden's terrorism with determination and force, several terrorist attacks in this country have been thwarted?

Has he considered the lives that have been saved because this homicidal maniac is no longer around to plot more killings?

Where is his sympathy toward bin Laden's future victims? His pacifism would not have restored any measure of peace, nor sent the terrorists a message that they are not invincible.And despite his armchair quarterbacking of the U.S.'s handling of bin Laden, his own life is more secure in a world relieved of such a man.

Diplomacy is a viable option only when the other party also wants peace, not when they aim to destroy you.

Angela McIntosh

Frederick

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