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November 17, 2008 at 3:56 PM

National politics

McCain’s out of touch

Well, I see Gov. Sarah Palin is pretty prickly about her part in the loss in the 2008 election and is trying her best to save face. Choosing her as his running mate lost the election for Sen. John McCain — not that I think he would have won anyway. His recent return to the national scene shows why.

McCain is so out of touch with what is happening. It always comes down to money that goes to the wealthier section of the nation, of which he is a part. Did Cindy [McCain] whisper in his ear how much it was going to cost her if they raise taxes on her income? They might have to give up one of their houses.

Too bad.

I have a son who owns only one house, and he may have to give it up if something doesn’t change soon. Thank heavens McCain did not get elected and continue the increase in government spending like all Republicans do for the wealthy.

— Lucy Oaks, Redmond

Feminists are Republicans too

Ellen Goodman’s non-Diva women’s story confirms what many of us have long suspected: feminists only support Democratic women [“Democrats on the rise: the non-Diva women’s story of 2008,” syndicated column, Nov. 14].

Politics aside, a true feminist would applaud Gov. Sarah Palin for proving that a woman can successfully balance raising a family and handling a challenging career. We have worked for 30 years to achieve this goal only to have a woman who attained it trashed because she’s a Republican.

— Ruth Osborn, Bellevue

What have we become?

In The American Prospect’s story “Goodbye and Good Riddance” (, Paul Waldman describes wrongs committed by the Bush administration that produced catastrophic results for the American people. In the story, Waldman says goodbye and good riddance to these wrongs, suggesting that they will be corrected by the next administration. But I question whether simply righting these wrongs will put us on a path to recovery as individuals and as a nation.

Consider this: Were the decisions made by Bush, [Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter”] Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney and others simply products of their thinking as individuals, or were they were products of something more sinister — perhaps a collective degeneration in thinking brought about by declining respect for each other, for human dignity, for honesty and compassion and for our constitutional rights?

While we blame the Bush administration for all that has gone wrong, shouldn’t we take a hard look at ourselves to see who we’ve become. Have we become a people so unhappy, distrustful and disrespectful that all we can do to lessen our pain is take mind-numbing drugs, lie to each other, accuse each other of being terrorists, sue each other at the drop of a hat and try to win at all costs. If so, our problems run much deeper than the wrongs committed by the Bush regime.

–Roger Chapanis, Sammamish

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