Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 14, 2012

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

Obama policies emboldened murderous mobs

Re: "U.S. ambassador killed in consulate attack in Libya," Sept. 12

Once again, the irrational forces of evil strike, expressing their hatred for us by killing innocent Americans trying to help them.

The murder of U.S. ambassador toLibya J. Christopher Stevens and three embassy employeesis unforgivable. Ambassador Stevens is a true American hero who risked his life to save staffers trapped in the consulate and was killed himself in the process.

The perpetrators must be captured and brought back to the U.S. for trial. Reprisals that mean something must also be ordered against the group that invaded and burned the U.S. consulate in Libya and the U.S. embassy in Egypt.

These criminal mobs have been emboldened by the namby-pamby policies of the Obama administration, which treats them as dear friends instead of avowed enemies of the U.S. It is time to teach them a lesson they will never forget.

Louis Ginesi Dominguez

Warrenton

Campaign to reduce underage drinking is working

As a physician, I often counsel parents of teenagers to be extra vigilant against underage drinking.They are often surprised to hear that most underage youth who drink obtainalcohol from their own homes or from other adults.

The Federal Trade Commission's "We Don't Serve Teens" public service campaign includes an informative website (dontserveteens.gov) where parents can get useful information on how to reduce teens' access to alcohol. This campaign and greater parental vigilance are clearly having a positive effect.

The latest federal statistics show that alcohol consumption and binge drinking rates among teenage boys and girls have continued their long-term decline, reaching historically low levels.Equally important, the number of teens who report it's easy to obtain alcohol also continues to decline.

My advice to parents is to keep a watchful eye on your teen's activity inside and outside your home; make your disapproval of underage drinking clear; and maintain an open dialogue.Even though parents believe their teens are not listening to them, the research shows otherwise. Parents have the most influence over a teenager's decision to drink or not to drink.

Raymond Scalettar, M.D.

Clinical professor of medicine,

George Washington University Medical Center

Choice clear between cost cutters, big spenders

Any reasonable person would agree that we have overspent recklessly and inefficiently for decades, but the left-minded seem incapable of understanding that the Democratic Party, and President Obama in particular, have exemplified this irresponsible overspending like no other. They all too eagerly embrace the liberal myth that we don't actually have to reconcile income with expenses or keep the power and growth of government subject to the will of the people and within the strictures of the Constitution.

Cutting taxes and taking reasonable long-term austerity measures are essential to our prosperity, freedom and world competitiveness. Republicans not only have this right, but the political willpower to make it happen which, in our present dilemma, pays huge political dividends.

On the other hand, the Democratic Party is not mistaken in believing that government should be used as a tool to redirect taxpayer money into vital industries and infrastructure that make our commercial systems robust and stable.

However, in a race between a fiscally conservative Romney-Ryan ticket that is savvy on government overspending and business development versus a repeat of the Obama-Biden team's inability to invest our tax dollars for the good of the country, the choice is clear.

David Beers

Bethesda

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