published Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

"Cartoonists can 'flip-flop' too" and more Letters to the Editors

Cartoonists can 'flip-flop' too

My, how an election can change things, in fact even "flip-flop" things. Pre-election, Clay Bennett bashed Republicans as money-grubbing, wealthy 1 percenters. Post-election, he's bashing those same Republicans as beer-guzzling, blue collar slobs whose liberal wives are ditching them because of their party affiliation (Nov. 10 cartoon). I guess Clay was just born to bash Republicans, no matter the circumstances. Get a life, Clay, but please don't stop cartooning. It's how I get my laughs when I read the left side of the opinion pages.

STEVE BERNTHAL

Blairsville, Ga.


Health act means just what is says

I know two people in this city who are over 50 years of age but under age 65. They are therefore ineligible for Medicare and unfortunately do not work for the government or a large corporation that provides comprehensive insurance at favorable rates. Like most in their age range, they have some health issues. And like a large portion of our citizenry, they must buy an individual insurance policy. Their monthly insurance premiums are $800 and $2,000 monthly, respectively, the approximate amount of their monthly income. Yes, Romney said being denied health insurance because of pre-existing conditions is illegal but he conveniently omitted any mention of how much these insurance policies cost.

Have you asked yourself how much money the Republican Party receives from the insurance industry? But these two people are responsible, good, God-fearing citizens, maybe your friends and neighbors. So which side is your politics and more importantly, which side is your church? The "Affordable Care Act" bears its name for a reason.

JOHN F. EARY

Ringgold, Ga.


Have respect for others' opinions

After reading the article "Where do we go from here?" by David Cook (Nov. 11), I realized how right he was. I also was shocked last week at the amount of hate after the presidential election.

I was amazed at the amount of adults on my Facebook who had been friends the day before and were now immaturely fighting with each other. No one was respecting the opinion of anyone else and it was the first time I had noticed what politics does to people. It was very noticeable to me how divided America was that day, and that concerned me.

The action circles sound like a great way to "heal the democratic heart." People need to be reminded we are all in this together. We shouldn't spend our time arguing with one another, but rather getting to know and understand each other. Everyone should learn to have respect for someone else's opinion, which is what these action circles would promote.

Democracy is what holds this nation together. People need to remember that instead of running away when something doesn't go exactly the way you wanted it to. These action circles would be a big help for the community and keeping people together.

ABBY REAVES

Clinton, Tenn.

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STEVE BERNTHAL, you really haven't noticed BOTH within the auspices of the Republican party? Lindsey Graham did.

ABBY REAVES, just don't fool yourself into respecting the silly and hostile. That's a fallacy too. Some people you just need to not give credit.

November 14, 2012 at 12:33 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Can a Nation so divided stand? This is not a question about the outcome of the elections. It is a realistic thought in the aftermath of what has become distructivism in American politics. I certainly hope there were elections somewhere that included the positive reasons for voting a candidate in. Most of the ones I saw, locally or nationally focused almost exclusively on why one should not vote for the opposition. Of course the media came into play with their negative slants and biases. And please people, do not show your ignorance and act as if FOX is the only network which does that. So we will meander on in our division. One thing no one can say about the second Obama term, we don't know what he will do. On second thought, we still have no idea what he will do. But then, that would have been true had Romney been elected. In the future, it would be nice to know what a candidate is and stands for as basis for voting rather than to hear all the negativity and oft times misleading information about what he or she is not. Man, am I glad the election is over. But I share the sentiment of concern issued by Abby Reaves.

November 14, 2012 at 6:18 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Steve Bernthal, there was no flip-flopping involved in Bennett's cartoons. The GOP is actually comprised of both elements: there are the one percenters and then there are those blue collar tea-party types who lick the boots of the one percenters, who lavish fawning praise on them and vote against their own best interests in order to give the fat cats their Constitutional right to trample on everyone else...er, I mean to create jobs and grow the economy.

November 14, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.
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