Letters to the Editor

Bus transportation needs improving

When are we ever going to have buses that take us to our Christian churches on Sunday? And when, if ever, are we going to have buses, to our doctors and dental appointments during the weeks in between?

Nobody I know can afford to call a taxi, and who in the world belongs to the middle class any more?

Obama made certain and replaced it with multi-billionaires who could pay for the lobbyists who gratefully accepted their donations. The billions and billions of dollars put forth needed to pay for his traveling around the country lying to the people over and over again.

Now since the middle class has pretty much disappeared and Obamacare is taking its demise, it won’t be long before there will be very little left at the top, except Obama holding a phone in one hand and a pen in the other. And what do we now have? A beautiful country no more.

Florence Meyer



Thoughts on why vote Republican

Vote Republican —Why?

Republicans give a hand- up, not a hand-out like the Democrats do.

Republicans want you to be independent- not dependent like the Democrats do.

Republicans want your vote for the benefit of our whole country. Democrats want your vote for support of special interests, i.e. union bosses.

Republicans agree with JFK that Americans should “Ask not what your country can do for you but instead ask what you can do for your country.”  The current crop of Democrats believe the opposite of JFK.

Republicans think too much government is our biggest problem today. Democrats think more government is the answer to all our problems today.

Republicans believe freedom loving, responsible individuals are the strength and foundation for our country. Democrats believe leveling of results by government is the strength and foundation of our country.

These are just a few of the many reasons why I am a Republican!

Patrick Pettyjohn

Port Orchard


Comments about the Bundy Ranch

First and foremost, I am absolutely for the rule of law and I do not have animosity toward law enforcement. Without law enforcement we would have anarchy. Each and every day they risk their lives to ensure the safety of our communities.

Yes, there are bad cops out there. Yes, there are people who should not be wearing the badge. But the majority are good people. They are patriots as well. Many have served our nation in the military. For that I say thank you.

Now, we have the issue in Nevada at the Bundy Ranch. No matter what side of the issue you are on, you should at least think about one thing. That one thing is the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

The “government” established a “First Amendment Area” near the ranch. This is becoming more common lately.

As an American, I am absolutely disgusted that an “area” for me or any American, is where we can “protest” what is thought to be an act of aggression by the government. Not now. Not EVER. The entire United States of America is a “First Amendment Area.” One more time.. The ENTIRE United States of America is a First Amendment Area.

I would like to say thank you to all the people who went to Nevada to exercise their First Amendment Rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.

I would also like to thank the person who made the command decision to pull back the military division of the Bureau of Land Management. This is the right call. Just as a police officer must call off a car pursuit if it is unsafe to continue, this issue had become unsafe for everyone there. Everyone.

Now let’s get back to the American way and allow due process to take its course as directed by the Constitution.

David Raymond



Free speech and campaign funding

I was sad to see Derek Kilmer coming out against free speech. Selectively supporting who and how campaigns are funded. The First Amendment was not written in order to be fair in the eyes of one political party, or was it even needed if free speech was only what and who used it. The First Amendment was written for people we disagree with, not for those we agree with.

Liberalism has changed dramatically from its origin of free and independent thinking that founded this country. The concept of ideas being debated and shared were never considered the threat, the attempt to stop those ideas and concepts were.

The concern for money being used in politics is shared by all, as the other avenues are such as the bias in our information outlets, academia, Hollywood and so on. Our health care laws are basically written by lobbyist in the healthcare industry. We also see employment in state governments requiring union membership, supporting one party with campaign funding regardless of the issues that insure monetary reward and special consideration. Paid for my tax payers.

Recently the Rutgers Faculty Council Called For Condoleezza Rice To Be Uninvited To Commencement Ceremony because of their hostility to Republican politics. We have comedians that use politics as a means of promoting left leaning ideas in the political realm. Hollywood movies supporting political themes, corporations are allowed to use the First Amendment to distribute porn through out our culture. Our liberal Founders found room in our institutions of education, our institution of Judicial Prudence. A view that limits free speech on the basis of its own agenda is what is dangerous. Today liberalism appears closer to what lied behind the Iron Curtain, than the founders of this nation.

Mick Sheldon



Fort Hood: another senseless tragedy

About 20 years ago, President Clinton issued an executive order to deny military personnel from carrying sidearms on military bases. Military men and women, trained to protect your freedoms and safety at home and abroad. Their training equals or exceeds law enforcement training in many forms of combat foreign and domestic. Like the average citizen off base they can carry lawfully and legally. But on base, they become defenseless all because Democrat presidents, who they themselves have no military background or training, believe they know better. Net results:  Fort Hood military base in 2009 and now 2014, have violent attacks on base by military bad guys leaving all other personnel defenseless as well as their spouses and children living on base also.

To be fair, President Bush could have squashed this ridiculous order but instead chose to do nothing during his two terms as president as well. Restoring military men and women’s ability to protect and defend all others as well as their families living on base should be a no-brainer. But then again, it’s not their presidential butts on the line.

Once again, Democrats and Rhino Republicans making everyone else less safe in what used to be the most safe and free country in the world. Be careful who you vote for. God bless America and all our military men and women who do put their butts on the line daily to keep everyone safe.

Vern Laprath


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