Waters’ column misrepresented Rosen’s comment
To the editor:
In response to Lloyd Waters’ smackdown of Hilary Rosen disguised as a Mother’s Day wish, once again Mr. Waters presents himself as a well-informed, educated source of wisdom to his readers. He shamelessly used Mother’s Day as an excuse to bash Ms. Rosen about her statement that Ann Romney never worked a day in her life.
I know Mr. Waters is not that clueless. He absolutely knows what Ms. Rosen meant by her statement: Ann Romney is not the person her husband should be consulting about the challenges most women in this country face every day.
And if any women out there really think Ann Romney knows your pain, think about it again when you are clocking in at 4 a.m. for that job with no health benefits, minimum wage and no chance for advancement.
Country will not survive Obama apologists
To the editor:
My wonderful country will survive President Obama, but it cannot survive with those who continue to apologize for his poor performance, crony socialism, acceptance of special influence and catering to special interests.
I also find it interesting that now that Obama’s reasoning has evolved to embrace same-sex marriage, those of us who still believe in the 2,000-year-old traditional definition of marriage, a view that Obama held as recently as last Sunday, are now bigots and are out of touch.
George S. Sunday
Candidates twist language to meet their needs
To the editor:
Command of the English language is a wonderful talent, one that I will never master. As we get closer to our November election day, we will see those that have mastered the language use it in every way possible to convince us to share their point of view and back their party and candidate.
We will hear the term “reform” used when they want us to believe we will benefit from a change in current services and “gut” when they want us to believe changes will not improve services. We will hear the nightly stand-up comedians deflect what should be a real issue by mocking one candidate or the other. Jay Leno commented that Mitt Romney supposedly said you can’t get a good meal with wine for $20,000 when he heard that President Obama attended a $20,000-a-plate fundraiser. Can any average voter, regardless of party affiliation, relate to a $20,000-a-plate dinner? Why not raise the question of campaign fundraising and not play down one candidate over the other?
We will hear and read pejorative wording such as “Obamacare” or “the so-called DOMA.” Why not just refer to the actual name and not the so-called one?
Although I have not mastered the use of the English language, I am aware of when it is being used to manipulate my thinking. We all need to be aware of what is being said, who is saying it and what the goal of the speaker is. In a way, it is like buying a car; you need to listen to what the salesperson is saying but understand that everything said is intended to get you to buy the car. Politics is the same, so always understand the goal of the speaker and weigh everything that they say because they are always trying to sway your thinking.