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January 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

The Obama presidency

Time to get with us, Republicans

Regarding E.J. Dionne Jr.’s article in the Tuesday Opinion section [“Not all Republicans ready to play nice,” syndicated columnist, Jan. 27], wasn’t it a famous Republican who stated, “If you’re not with us you’re against us?” Everything the government does at this time of crisis affects everyone no matter your political makeup. We are all in this together and we all need to come together to get ourselves out of it.

Everything should be on the table and those with the knowledge to put forth plans to get us out of this mess should be listened to. No more politics as usual. But, the Republicans don’t seem to get the message. How dare them try to stop what needs to be done in order to play party politics.

Every time I hear a Republican state that the stimulus package being put forth by the Obama administration will put this country in further debt, I want to remind them it was during the past eight years we got into the terrible debt we are in now.

If rescinding the tax cut for the wealthy will help the economy now, we need to rescind it. If giving money directly to the people and bypassing the trickle-down effect of tax cuts to businesses works better, let’s do it.

Republicans cannot continue to think with their past mind-sets. Whether they like it or not, the federal government is the only entity capable of helping us now.

I repeat, we are in a crisis, a major crisis. We need to act now and act together.

— Kathy Harris, Seattle

Don’t rain on the parade

I see where Charles Krauthammer is as dyspeptic as ever [“A stunning exercise in lowered expectations,” Times, syndicated columnist, Jan. 25].

He has managed to carp and cavil over President Obama’s inaugural address, an address that has instilled hope and brightened the outlook of about three-quarters of Americans. At present, the nation is in some nasty economic weather. When its new leader offers some sorely-needed rays of sunshine, Krauthammer opts to rain on the parade.

Apparently he enjoys feeling miserable. I’m not a doctor, but if I were, I’d prescribe an enema for Krauthammer. He’s in sore need of immediate relief.

— Bob Wojtyna, Woodinville

Purple tunnel of doom

At 4 a.m. Jan. 20, I awoke in Baltimore. I was about to catch a train to witness history. This was to be an

amazing and historic day — something I’d looked forward to since I started volunteering for the Obama campaign.

However, due to the indifference and incompetence of those in charge, I spent Tuesday morning in the “Purple ticket tunnel,” waiting with false hope and foolish faith in those who were trusted to organize and execute this historic event. Unfortunately for me, those in charge didn’t feel it important enough to staff the line or provide police guidance for the mob that formed.

I started the day hoping to witness a historic event; it soon ended with historic disappointment and frustration. All those around me were extremely upset and some started to cry. Those of us kept out of the inauguration because of this incompetence have lost something that can never be replaced.

This was still a great day and an important moment in our history. I’m just disappointed that I will always remember it with some sadness and frustration.

–John McMillan, Sammamish

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