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Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 12, 2012

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

Even media agree that Romney won debate

Re: "Obama, not Romney, actually won first debate," Letters to the Editor, Oct. 10

I'm absolutely astounded by Alfred Waddell's assessment that President Obama won the first presidential debate.

Waddell used the words "profound, calm, cool, collective, concise, mature and focused" to describe Obama. But what I saw was a president who was disinterested, distant, unprepared, out of touch, petty and unqualified.

More than a week since the first debate, President Obama is still talking about Big Bird while the national debt zooms past $16 trillion and his foreign policy puts our diplomats and our men and women in uniform in harm's way.

I watched MSNBC's post-debate coverage for its entertainment value. The president's chief apologists -- including Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton -- all came to the same conclusion I did: Obama lost big.

For Waddell, it seems, denial is not only a river in Egypt.

Matthew Hurtt

Arlington

Virginia's young voters have a lot at stake

Re: "Virginia GOP banking young voters will stay home," Oct. 5

I was surprised to read that the Republican Party in Virginia is expecting (and hoping) that young people do not show up at the polls in November because many of my peers and I are just as tuned in to this election as we were in 2008.

If by chance some young voters read and believe that story, I'd like to make the case for why they should be voting in the U.S. Senate election this year. The two candidates, Tim Kaine and George Allen, could not present more contrasting visions for our future. One is based on progress, fairness and shared responsibility, while the other is regressive, targets our middle class and burdens our most vulnerable.

Allen has a record of opposing affordable higher education, specifically for low-income families.He voted against additional funding for Pell grants for record cuts to student aid. Allen would also vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which currently allows young people to remain on their parents' health care plans until they turn 26.

Kaine, on the other hand, has worked to expand access to health care and education and create jobs and opportunities for all young people in Virginia.

I hope that young voters do not let their enthusiasm wane and exceed the GOP's expectations because we all have a lot at stake in this year's election.

Linh Hoang

Fairfax

Eight reasons Obama should not be re-elected

Here are eight reasons President Obama must not be re-elected:

1. While Americans struggle to survive in this bleak economy, President Obama is deliberately bringing the U.S. economy to its knees. His actions have driven gas prices to the brink;

2. Obama supports amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants;

3. He led the government takeover of private industry while trying to punish businesses that create jobs;

4. Obama has stuffed the courts with liberal judges and his administration with socialist ideologues;

5. He is trying to create new, unwarranted gun-control measures;

6. By exerting executive privilege, Obama has changed the nation's welfare program, whose reform has been a rousing success, enabling many to improve their quality of life. But now work is no longer needed to qualify for welfare;

7. The disaster in Benghazi should have been foreseen by the White House, whose weak leadership was demonstrated by apologizing to the rioting mobs that killed Americans and tore down our flag. The millions of dollars the Obama administration poured into Libya and Egypt are now being used against us;

8. Obama sides with the Palestinians and Hamas while deserting Israel, the U.S.' best and only friend in the Middle East.

Just look at all the damage Obama has inflicted on Americans during the last four years. His re-election would be a disaster.

Al Eisner

Silver Spring

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