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November 9, 2010

READERS' FORUM: Nov. 9, 2010

TERRE HAUTE — Don’t waste time in new Congress

Immediate recall!

House Republicans plan a vote early in 2011 to repeal the health-care law.

Legislation to repeal the bill is expected to bog down in the Senate, where the GOP will still be well short of the votes needed to block it. 

This, in my opinion, is business as before.

The Congress will be wasting valuable time trying to do something they know they cannot do. Tweaking the bill’s many faults would be much more productive. But while they, the newly elected, flex their muscle, the unemployed  will still be unemployed.

I suggest an immediate recall process begin to demonstrate that we the taxpayers mean business.

— Bob Tryon

Terre Haute

Anger Tea Party’s gift to Congress

Letter writer Bill Yeager writes:

“We have seen what happens when the ‘academic elite’ come to power and their idealism fails so quickly and soundly. It seems to prevail they will trample all in their path, even colleagues, as in the NPR debacle. Their failure in the classroom is obvious to some of us, and in politics to all of us.”

And then Mr. Yeager uses a quotation from Albert Einstein that is critical of modern education. Well, Mr. Yeager, if you can please drag your mind out of your 1950’s dreamland. Albert Einstein was an “academic elite” to quote your double entendre, and he had lots of power and idealism. However, Albert Einstein died on April 17, 1955, which means that his comments on any school or University after 55 years may be a tad out of date.

Judging from your letter, you, sir, are obviously one of our classroom failures and for that I must sincerely apologize.

In addition, the Tea Party favorite Republican candidates lost to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, the senator from California, and last but certainly not least, Californians have voted in former Gov. Jerry Brown over his opponent Meg Whitman. The Tea Party especially targeted these liberal Democrats and failed to oust any of them. So, they are, in a worn out phrase, a bunch of losers.

All that the Tea Party has managed to do is to send angry freshmen Republican Congressmen and Congresswomen to Washington who do not know the meaning of the word compromise and they have no idea how they are going to accomplish all of their empty campaign promises.

No, sir, I am not worried about Republicans Dan Coats or Larry Bucshon because these are educated men who are apparently very academic and intelligent.

It is the ignorant folks that the Tea Party endorsed who still believe in witchcraft and who cannot tell you what Supreme Court ruling that they do not like that I shudder to think about.

— John Garner

Terre Haute

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