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Letters to the Editor Oct. 22, 2011

History shows GOP presidents have worse deficit records

There should be no more rhetoric from Republicans that they can control our runaway debt better than spend-thrift Democrats.

Shouldn’t we see what the data says about past history, say from Eisenhower to George W. Bush?

How much has the national debt increased when Republicans and Democrats were in the White House? From the first budget year of each president until the end of the last budget year for that administration, here are the debt percentages increased for each adminstration: Eisenhower (R) 9 percent; Kennedy (D) 8 percent; Johnson (D) 13 percent; Nixon/Ford (R) 98 percent; Carter (D) 43 percent; Reagan (R) 186 percent; George H.W. Bush (R) 54 percent; Clinton (D) 32 percent; and George W. Bush (R) 105 percent.

The data is found at treasurydirect.gov/govt/

reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt.htm, a U.S. Government website. Budget years end on Sept. 30.

Without much careful study, the data shows that without exception every Republican administration oversaw debt increases compared with every Democratic administration it followed — every single one of them! Not one Republican president since Eisenhower failed to double the debt percentage of a Democrat before them. Since Nixon/Ford, not one Republican administration has delivered a debt increase percentage lower that any Democrat. Yet each Democratic president reduced the pace of our debt increase compared with every Republican predecessor — every single one of them!

Listen to the rhetoric, but what will drive your decision? The data loudly renounces any Republican claim to fiscal mastery from the White House, the obvious result of failed policies and often, reckless leadership.

Guy Ames

Crescent City


Too much law enforcement used in high-speed chases

This is about high-speed chases performed by law enforcement all over our country.

When this occurs numerous law enforcement vehicles respond — too many to count and way more necessary for the situation.

Utilizing a large number of vehicles from law enforcement thereby leaves criminals an opening to commit crimes where law enforcement isn’t.

It also creates no assistance for other emergencies until a unit is available.

As it is, without any high-speed chases, response time for assistance takes forever.

Jill Bausch

Crescent City


Pre. Obama can’t or won’t run on his record — why is that?

Why don’t politicians run on their record anymore?

Seriously, what happen to campaigns that touted the experience, successes and accomplishments of a candidate?

Mr. Obama has been in office for three years, two of which he enjoyed a super-majority in both houses of Congress. Today, he can’t or won’t run on his own record. Why is that?

He began his 2008 candidacy by attacking everyone for the ills of our country, had no experience himself as a leader and promised the hopeful everything under the sun. In three years, he has delivered little (if anything) on any of his 2008 promises that he would or will run on for his 2012 re-election bid.

He has $4 trillion dollars; engaged billions of taxpayer dollars in risky “investments,” some of which have failed or are failing as predicted by heads within his own economic circle and independent federal agencies. The Obama administration has choked the businesses sectors with job-killing regulations and has created an environment where our entrepreneurial spirit and industry, less confident of our uncertain future, is left sitting on the sidelines as a result or until Mr. Obama and his administration are gone.

I am concerned, but not shocked, that Mr. Obama, Democrat congressional leaders and labor union leadership have voiced support for the unfocused Occupy Wall Street mob. OWS, too, seems to have no plan or solutions.

Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State, once said “We’re rapidly becoming a culture where earning money doesn’t entitle you to it, but wanting it does.”  This is our America today. Entitlements without responsibility, oversight or accountability invite the waste of billions in fraud and abuse annually.  This is the culture in Washington and in California too.

To his credit, Mr. Obama is doing exactly what he said he was going to do back in 2008. He said he would fundamentally transform the United States of America.

This is one promise he has kept. Consider the developments over the last three years of a sustained 9.1 percent unemployment, a housing market on life support and spending faster than we can borrow. Is this the “hope” and “change” you signed up for?  Can we really afford four more years of talk with little resolve?

We are not Occupy Wall Street protestors. There is a plan, we have solutions and we must vote.

Can we do better 2012?  Yes we can and yes we will.

 Paul Crandall



Farewell to a dear co-worker and friend, Roger N. Taylor Jr.

It was with great sorrow and a deep personal sense of loss that I read the obituary for Roger N. Taylor Jr. in the Oct. 18 Triplicate.

For nearly two years, I had the honor and privilege of working with Roger. He was an excellent co-worker and a great friend. Roger not only had the mind of the brilliant scientist that he was, but he also had the heart and soul of the sensitive and exquisite artist that he was. His dry, incisive wit was punctuated with a touch of that wonderful brand of cynicism that characterizes one who sees the world for exactly what it is and wishes he could see something better.

During his short life, Roger was struggling to work out a difficult and complex karma, one beset with many obstacles, frustrations and hardships. Sometimes, in the calculus of human life, our equations don’t always balance, and, I regret, due to the circumstances of my own life, I wasn’t able to help Roger as much as I wanted.

Now that Roger has begun his new adventures in the spirit world, I wish him well and sincerely pray for his happiness there and in his future incarnations.

Farewell, dear co-worker and friend; may we meet again in a better and brighter world!

Albert Stokes

Crescent City


Shame on Triplicate for printing graphic description of murder

I know it’s been awhile, but I just read your Sept. 1 article (“Death details told: How victim died affects the charges”) with the graphic description of the murder of Taylor Powell.

Shame on you for printing those kinds of details about the brutal murder of a young man. There are many friends and family members of Taylor, including my own children, who are being exposed to details about the murder that will leave a lasting effect on them.

It’s hard enough to know the general details of the brutal murder but when you share the gory details it goes beyond decency. The next time you write a story about this upcoming trial show a little mercy on the family and friends of Taylor Powell and keep the details out of it.

Taylor was a wonderful young man who is still very deeply missed by many people. They don’t need to be reminded of the horrific way in which his young life was stolen from him. Maybe it sells more papers but it takes a little bit of life from anyone who knew and loved Taylor who reads your articles.

I implore you. Show some compassion for Taylor’s family and friends.

Annette Blick

Spokane, Wash.


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