How about none of the above?
There should be a choice of abstaining on the ballot of at least national elections for the presidency. Are we voting for the best candidate or the lesser of two evils? Why can't our voices be heard? A country that cherishes the ideals of freedom of expression yet we are unable to express any dissatisfaction with the way our political structure is run.
Secondly, what happened to campaign finance reform? Two billion dollars, not to mention the millions being spent on individual state races, could we not put this money to better use? I have maintained that at the start of each election cycle that the candidates pledge a percentage of this money toward constructive projects that promote employment, education and maintenance of our natural infrastructure! Instead of attack ads which only blur the lines of reality
Louis P. Cervone
Is Congress heading toward anarchy?
About this time, almost exactly 50 years ago, 1962, Sen. Mike Mansfield of Montana, then the Senate majority leader, was so frustrated by the disorder in the Senate that he made a speech warning that it "would not be impossible to foresee a day when anarchy would rule in this body."
And Mansfield was not even speaking of a situation in which ideology played any true role at all. Rather, it was a situation when loyal Democrats in the Senate, most or all of them supporters of then-President John F. Kennedy, could not agree on details in several key pieces of Kennedy administration legislation.
Now, exactly half a century later, ideological polarization between the two parties has caused gridlock and political warfare, but not-as-yet anarchy. But if this situation continues, and our problems, already even greater now than then, continue to fester, will we see the late Sen. Mansfield's grim prophecy come true?
William R. Brown
Virginia attorney general not welcome in W.Va.
I find it interesting and quite obscene that the attorney general of treasonous East Virginia, a state that seceded from the Union to protect the right of some human beings to own other human beings, should come to my state to plead the case of a carpet bagger from New Jersey who has made his career representing the medical pharmaceutical complex.
What side of the lawsuit against the tobacco industry were these two guys on?
Tomblin ignores Seneca2 activists
"Hi, this is Governor Earl Ray Tomblin" the canned voice droned. I hung up, not regretting that that was as close as one Seneca2 member would get to the governor after eight weeks of multiple fruitless calls, trying to get an appointment for our group. We are no longer expecting to meet with the man in our state Capitol, although Sen. Manchin has graciously received us twice.
The Gazette recently quoted Steve Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, as praising Tomblin for his "accessibility and willingness to work with business people and to address issues of concern to them."
That must explain why he doesn't have time to meet with a group of activist women who would like to address our issues of concern, including a petition from some of his constituents asking why he doesn't support President Obama.
Yes, Mr. Roberts, "elections are about choices." Why then should we vote for a politician whose own executive appointment secretary said, "He doesn't discuss political issues." Why would anyone think he cares about ordinary citizens? His constituents are Big Business. Seneca2 doesn't support either the Republican running for governor or his sound-alike baby brother, Earl Ray.
'Global warming' actually lessened Sandy's effects
I picked up the Gazette on Wednesday and, sure enough, as I had expected, there was a huge editorial blaming Hurricane Sandy on global warming.
The Gazette seems to take great pride in relating every single weather event or anomaly, no matter the cause, severity or natural explanation, to climate change or global warming. Its standard position seems to be absolute authority that the weather is no longer a function of natural causes.
Fortunately, the recent unusually hot and dry weather has turned out to be a blessing in disguise, not the curse of something the Gazette claims to be a by-product of global warming.
The reported facts are: If it had not been for the dry ground left by an unusually hot, dry 2012 summer and early fall, we would be experiencing severe flooding from Hurricane Sandy.
The truth is, had it not been for the blessing of "global warming," the amount of damaged roads, downed trees and power outages would have been far worse than we expected or experienced.
There is a balance -- a wisdom -- in nature that is beyond our ability to comprehend, much less predict. Science has its place, but it is not absolute, and the blessing of the summer of 2012 proves that beautifully. God is not mocked, and we should tread lightly when we discard with so much indifference that which we do not understand.
Von Albert Ehman