To The Daily Sun,
Dear Don Ewing:
I just about had given up on answering your letters to the editor printed in The Laconia Daily Sun, but, and there is always a but, right? This time I want to take apart your letter point-by-point to prove that you are "blowing smoke", which only causes more lies and falsehoods to be put in print. You might ask yourself why in the world would I be trying to do this since we know that you do not debate your detractors on the editorial pages of The Laconia Daily Sun. How silly of me to forget this important point. You are satisfied just to get your opinions printed, and I might add, without substantiating your assertions to boot.
Let's start with "locking students in bad schools". Hummmm, could it be that what Republican administrations and their congressional cohorts have engineered in trying time and again to wipe off the face of the earth, the federal Department of Education? Remember Bill Bennett under Reagan. Bennett was appointed Secretary of Education. His primary task was to do away with the federal Department of Education in order for states to monitor their own educational systems without any guidelines from the Feds. This lead to many laws and protections for children to be abolished after many hard fought years of getting these statutes in place.
If, and this has been a dream of mine for many years, i taxes which support our public education system could FINALLY be equalized in all states so that the poorer districts would have a fighting chance to give those children all of the advantages which exist in wealthier districts — what a wonderful world it would be.
How, sir, have jobs been destroyed? We need specific examples or your argument is not grounded in fact. Are you satisfied that people who work in the fast food industry (just to name one sector) are paid substandard wages, have to rely on food stamps and are maligned for trying to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act?
When you refer to rich donors, I'm sure you did not mean to forget or give honorable mention to the Koch Brothers, the Walton family, Sheldon Adelson among others who have given billions of dollars to Republican campaigns? They are just being altruistic, right? They are really not trying to buy any one particular candidate who would then in turn continue the practice of allowing the wealthy to hide their money in tax shelters, loopholes and overseas banks.
Now on the bailouts. I seem to remember a news conference where Bush-Cheney and Hank Paulson were telling Americans that the U.S. was just about ready to collapse financially if we did not give massive amounts of money to the Wall Street. This maneuver was timed to coincide with the end of the Bush/Cheney Regime. They walked off into the sunset more than happy to give the reins over to Pres. Obama.
On High Speed Rail: There is a governor in Florida by the name of Rick Scott. He was part and parcel of a scheme that bilked Medicare and Medicaid for millions and millions of dollars. But alas, when he ran for governor he was elected... go figure. Shortly after Scott was elected he turned down millions of dollars from the Feds which would have brought high speed rail to Florida... huh? Oh, and the federal dollars had no strings attached!
Republicans saving Americans: how, why, where, when? Certainly you jest.
One more small point: could you please when referring to Democrats in a sentence use the proper English for their title...e.g. it is not "Democrat policies", it's Democratic policies. It's not "Democrat: investments, it's Democratic investments. It's not "Democrat" politicians, it's Democratic politicians... well you get the point, right? Thanks in advance for that courtesy.