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Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 11, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Politics and the presidency

Time to move on

Letter-writer Timor Olisker said, “Just remember that as you cheer for President-elect Barack Obama and jeer at Sen. John McCain, each and every one of America’s enemies is doing exactly the same” [“Check yourself,” Times, Northwest Voices, Nov. 7].

Actually, the entire world is celebrating Obama’s victory. Our “enemies” may be happy because of the possibility of war with the U. S. has diminished.

Please note that the majority of us who voted for Obama did not jeer McCain. Why don’t we all put this election behind us and try to do what we can as individuals to improve conditions in our country.

— Azaria Rousso, Mercer Island

Get it going, Obama

For the first time in my life, I have hope.

Here are some top priorities the Barack Obama administration should tackle: During the interim, the economic team and Congress should take the awful “bailout” bill and make it a good bill with regulation, controls and no bonuses.

On the first day in office, Obama should eliminate all restrictions on Cuba, sending a strong message that change is here.

On the second day, he should go with the leaders of Israel and Palestine to a room and say, “We are not leaving here until we have a formal, signed, two-country agreement.” The U.S. has stalled and obstructed long enough.

Then the administration should pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and turn the “peacekeeping” over to NATO and the United Nations.

Then dismantle all U.S. military bases in the Middle East.

— Wilson Geegh, Bellevue

Clown diplomacy

Russia deploys missiles to Poland. Please don’t tell me you who voted Democratic are now surprised [“Russia to deploy short-range missiles near Poland,” Nation & World, Nov. 5].

Hey folks, did you happen to notice the darkest, gloomiest cloud I’ve ever witnessed envelope Seattle half an hour before sunset? It was eerily similar to what I’ve heard described before ancient plagues of Egypt came — very gloomy — even a thunderous roar, with a hail and bolt of lightening flash flooded the city streets.

That’s God’s response to the change you asked for and, by golly, now you’ve got it. The rest of us will just sit back and watch the self-proclaimed geniuses of diplomacy sit down to Russia’s “kitchen table” and chat about how they don’t think it’s all that “neighborly.”

Here comes what I have dubbed “clown diplomacy.” You wanted it and now you’ve got it. The change you all so desperately sought may very well force citizens who were not fooled by the smoke and mirrors of “change” underground into bomb shelters — waiting there to pick up the pieces after annihilation comes. May God help America.

— Elaine Solberg, Shoreline

Lieberman made his choice

Sen. Joe Lieberman met [recently] with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and now many are wondering if the Democrats will punish the wayward Connecticut senator [“Lieberman in talks about caucusing with Senate GOP,” Politics & Government, Nov. 7].

Punishment is completely unnecessary. Lieberman remains Sen. John McCain’s close friend and Lieberman supported his friend throughout the recent presidential campaign. While we acknowledge that, there should be a clear recognition by all — including Lieberman — that he is no longer a Democrat. Lieberman looks like a Republican, walks like a Republican and quacks like a Republican. Most importantly, he acts like a Republican.

There is no need for argument or debate. Despite Lieberman’s previous political predilections, the Democrats never cast him out of their caucus or his leadership role in the majority party. But when he ascended the podium at the Republican National Convention to speak on behalf of McCain, he chose to be a member of the minority party. When he actively campaigned for the Republican presidential ticket, he chose to be a Republican.

Why would treating him like a Republican be considered punishment? Lieberman made his choice, and it was his choice to make. Now he simply needs to align his political label with his political reality.

On Jan. 20, President-elect Barack Obama should shake Lieberman’s hand and graciously welcome him as a member of the loyal opposition.

— John Scannell, Sammamish

Resist union corruption

It seems odd that unions need the Employee Free Choice Act to help them organize [“Unions to press Obama, Congress for new rules,” Nation & World, Nov 9]. If a majority of employees in a workplace sign a union card freely and without coercion, then surely a secret ballot shouldn’t be a problem.

The secret ballot serves only to protect workers from unfair pressure from union organizers. The ability to organize is critical to protect workers’ rights but giving unions an opportunity to expand their influence through coercion is just asking for corruption.

— Scott Carlson, Seattle

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