Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

March 28, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Obama’s changes are not positive

With the 2012 election fast approaching, I found it interesting to evaluate the president and all the positive change he promised.  Remember the “ we are the party for change” mantra that was plastered all over the media?  He promised to be a better leader and would change the way we practice politics in this country. So now here we are, one term in the books, and how do we like the change he promised now?

Debt: Our nation’s debt is now twice the amount it was under the Bush administration and climbing at a staggering rate.

War: We are still at war in Afghanistan. Iran is a serious threat for an invasion and Israel is once again threatening to attack its neighbors. Terror attacks are a daily problem and we have a serious morale issue in our armed forces serving in that area. So it would be fair to say that no real change here.

Fuel: Under Bush we paid $2.55/gallon and the media wanted to hang him. He was after all in bed with those greedy and insensitive profiteers of Big Oil.  Now under Obama gas is $4.00/gallon — Wow! what a change! But he is not to blame right?

So as I look across the political and domestic landscape, I cannot find any positive change since Obama took office, not one. 

I think it would do all of us some good to insist on real change this time when we cast our votes. Perhaps this nation will not be fooled again and re-elect this man.

This is my two cents worth and you can keep the change.

David Sullender, Ashland

Other places to buy coffee

I have just learned that the Starbucks Corporation has begun a public campaign to rewrite our marriage laws and to recognize same-sex marriage. I was shocked to hear of a major corporation willing to alienate such a large portion of their constituents in favor of a political agenda.

I have decided that I will no longer buy my coffee at Starbucks; there are plenty of community coffeehouses that both support my values and need my business. There are many in our community who believe in marriage and would be deeply offended to know that a portion of every cup of Starbucks coffee they buy is being used to lobby in favor of same-sex marriage.

My family is dumping the Starbucks habit. Others should do the same.

Carl L. Bell, Huntington, W.Va.

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