Readers Weigh In on Midterm Elections
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We need to have more ordinary people in Washington and fewer lawyers. And we need term limits. The politicians should have to debate on TV, on our tax dollar, and have so much to spend and no more. The way campaigns are run these days, we have accusations following slander following accusations. No one talks of solutions. They speak in sound bites full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.
—Barbara Beitel, Cape May Court House, NJ
Let’s hope that the newly elected conservatives in the House will be a proactive group that accomplishes something meaningful.
—Sean Gibbons, Hunt Valley, MD
Job creation is essential in the United States right now and should be considered immediately.
—Sharron Dark, Washington, DC
Our country was founded upon a fundamental belief in self-determination and personal responsibility. If these election results represent an endorsement of those ideals, I am GREATLY encouraged. My hope now is that our leadership will take these principles seriously even when the RIGHT decision for the country may not be the POPULAR one or the one that fits best with reelection prospects.
—Nick Lanese, St. Pete Beach, FL
Well, if the American people have spoken, our elected representatives are tone deaf. The only explanation for their conduct is to redefine the definition of the word “mandate” to mean: Key to the City given by the governed to their political representatives to do whatever they think is best for their “charges.” From the expressions from each side of the political aisle, that is the only definition which can possibly explain their rhetoric and actions.
—Harvey Migdal, Scottsdale, AZ
If the candidates spent the money on debt and the needy, instead of on getting elected, they would BE ELECTED by the volume of the people who need help in this current economic disaster.
—Sharon Stryker, Mystic, CT
This is the first election I felt the Chamber worked for their members. We may not be in the position we are in if the same effort was applied in prior years.
—Donald Matthews, Belle Mead, NJ
As a successful business owner for 18 years, I am now preparing to cease operations because of decisions made by the elected officials who were supposed to oversee the banking business while the chairman of the committee enjoyed trips on private jets and millions of dollars in campaign contributions, as did the president of the United States. … If the economy is on the right track, please explain why, as a 71-year-old person who has worked since the age of 16, paid my own way through college with no government loan or handout, supported my daughter’s education until she received her master’s from Vanderbilt University with no government handout, recently sold my home because I could no longer afford the tax liabilities and escalating utility bills, I am closing my business and hopefully saying, “Welcome to Walmart” with a smile.
—Albert Wyatt, Burns, TN
Chamber membership must speak out against government demonization of business. We all need to do more and to actively speak out against the ruination of our great country. The time is now to actively speak out with one voice of truth and honesty.
—Frank Hennessey, Ocala, FL
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