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Letters to the Editor

Readers write about charisma vs. competency, and what Washington should do in response to the crisis on Wall Street

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Real change comesfrom ideas, not personality

Regarding the Sept. 12 article, "The Palin effect: Obama camp thrown off its stride": With all the hype, you might think the Republican party had come up with a new idea or policy.

In fact, for those of us paying attention, it is clear that the Republican Party is trying to distract voters from their policy failures during the past eight years.

These include: turning projected surpluses to record deficits; diverting resources from fighting the terrorist infrastructure in Afghanistan to an unnecessary war in Iraq; damaging our ability to work in coalitions with allies against threats from terrorists; leaving our nation vulnerable to natural disasters like hurricane Katrina; contributing to the widening gap between the top income earners and the middle class and poor, who are the bulk of our society; failing to come up with a solid plan to provide healthcare coverage for all citizens; and not creating a viable energy policy.

Having a witty, charismatic vice presidential nominee does not change the fact that Republican policies have hurt our nation immeasurably. If we, as voters, are going to vote for a witty and charismatic candidate, then let's vote for the one who offers substantive ideas and policy proposals. That is how we will get real change in government policies.

No help for creators of market crisis

In response to the Sept. 19 article, "Next step in economic crisis: A giant resale agency?": The Bush administration has said it supports a strong dollar policy, yet everything it does lowers the value of the dollar.

When questioned about the lower value of the dollar against the euro in last summer's congressional hearing, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke responded that Americans should buy fewer imported goods.


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