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Obama's inexperience rankles Republicans

A recent letter writer suggested that Republicans' hatred of President Obama is clouding their judgment. I am a Republican/Independent. I do not hate Obama, although he isn't any more likable than George W. Bush, both being somewhat cocky and arrogant. Heck, I don't even know him. And I don't think my judgment is impaired, either.

What distresses most Republicans isn't a hatred of this president; it's his inexperience, resulting in an inability to lead. It's what has happened to our great country since he took office. The lies, the declining economy, the squandering of our money for nothing in return. Money that was borrowed from countries who, for the most part, don't even like us. Go ahead and ignore it if you like, but that's what's going on. And no, what he's doing is not Bush's fault.

Most elected officials are untruthful at one time or another. It's sad, but that's just part of being a politician. The misuse of taxpayer dollars is also common practice. It just seems that Democrats find it much easier to spend every nickel they can get their hands on. And when funds run short, they tax, borrow and impose regulations that will get them more.

We're at a point where the well is dry and they're still bickering. They must now dip deeper into their only resources -- that's us, the people. And when they do, let's hope they've learned enough to stop throwing it away no matter how good they are at spending other people's money. Maybe in November 2012, we can "hope and change" things in the right direction.

Dave Roth

Delevan

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Don't blame jail workers for pointing out problems

Sheriff Tim Howard was upset that his employees went to the press about the excessive heat in the Holding Center. Why is that? The county government has shown that it tries to hide problems, rather than fix them. People have noticed that by going to the press and pointing out problems, they got action. Howard and County Executive Chris Collins have tried to save face by using our taxes for legal costs to keep even the federal investigators from finding out the facts about the Holding Center. As the saying goes, "The pen is mightier than the sword."

Craig Bloom

Holland

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Ministry is investing in lives of at-risk youth

On a recent weekend, I saw a beautiful side of Buffalo. I attended a performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The play was performed by Buffalo youth through the support of Peace of the City, a faith-based ministry that serves at-risk youth on the West Side. I have seen many productions of this play in area high schools over the years. My own son performed in Amherst and I proudly sat in the audience and cheered him on in his portrayal of Puck.

However, the performance of the play at Ujima Theatre was the finest production I have ever seen. The fairy spirits moved with such beauty and grace that it held me spellbound. Hippolyta and Puck delivered outstanding artistic portrayals through fluid dancing movements that conveyed regal strength and impish playfulness, respectively. Every single performer excelled at his part. The hours and hours of hard work that were put into the performance, costumes, scenery and music was evident.

What a surprise to find Shakespeare being performed by the very youth who are so often portrayed in the media as lazy welfare recipients or criminals. How was such a wonderful theatrical production possible? It was accomplished because there are people of faith, like those in Peace of the City, who refuse to buy into the belief that at-risk youth are expendable or incapable of aspiring to and achieving excellence in the arts or academia. It was accomplished because young people, regardless of where they live, are capable of wonderful and beautiful things if we invest in building relationships with them. Those of us who have faith in God, who have education and opportunity, can open a whole world to young people if we simply take the time. Peace of the City's investment in the lives of these youth will continue long after the curtain closes and the lights go out.

Janet and Buddy Hubbard

Amherst

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Marine was a role model for everyone in health care

The Western New York community has experienced a significant loss with the recent passing of Dr. Edward Marine. He played a vital role in building the fabric of our region's health care community, from modernizing curriculum at the University at Buffalo Medical School in the 1970s to the creation and development of Health Care Plan, now Univera.

Throughout his career, his fierce determination was guided by a belief that all people, regardless of age, ethnicity or economic situation, deserved, as their right, equal access to high quality health care. As the founding executive director and chairman of the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, he guided the foundation through its earliest years and helped shape its mission to improve the health and health care of the people and communities in Western New York.

The Community Health Foundation would not exist as it stands today if not for Marine's tireless dedication, and his work will live on in the countless people whose lives have been touched and improved as the result of his efforts.

For younger Western New Yorkers looking for a model to emulate, there could be no better path to follow than the one he carved.

Ann F. Monroe

President

Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York

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Ramirez's cartoons often cross the line

I think The News does a good job in presenting articles and columns that discuss opposing views on controversial subjects. I always read the columns by George Will and Charles Krauthammer, even though I don't often agree with them. However, I think the political cartoons of Michael Ramirez are so radically right that they are ugly. His constant Obama-bashing is very offensive. The rest of the cartoons printed give opposing viewpoints less radically. I think that such radical cartoonists should be canceled.

Norma Stevenson

Amherst

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Accused doctor merits no special treatment

To the woman from Williamsville who is upset because her doctor, James G. Corasanti, is being bashed by the public: Just because he is a doctor, he should not receive special treatment. He should receive the same treatment as anyone else. I'm sure the family of that poor girl feels the same way. He is accused of hitting a girl and leaving the scene of the accident. Had he stopped, being a doctor, he may have been able to save her life.

Marianne Bagley

Buffalo