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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:00 pm

Columnist insults
Obama voters

To The Editor:
Susan Brown, in her editorial in last Friday’s paper, insinuated that those of us who voted for President Obama are ignorant and anti-Christian. How insulting. It is people like her, Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump who are responsible for the division in America. The majority of us didn’t “check our brains at the door” before voting him. We did so because we saw through the insincerity of Mitt Romney.
That “47 percent” crack he made about many of us voters is why he lost the election. He showed us what he really thinks about the working-class people of America. He and his wealthy business associates look down on the working class and use them like pawns in their quest for more wealth. They keep telling us that if their taxes are cut it will create more jobs. Well, they’re right; since the Bush administration initiated the corporate tax cuts, a lot more jobs have been created — in China, Mexico and other third-world countries. And Bain Capital, a company where Mitt Romney had been a CEO, is one of those that pioneered out-sourcing jobs overseas.
According to the United Steel Workers web site, a company in Freeport, Illinois — Sensata Technologies — was closed recently and relocated to China. This put 170 Americans out of work. Bain Capitol owns 51 percent of the company and Mitt Romney holds $8 million of Bain Funds. He claims that he didn’t know about the plant closing. Some businessman he is. When Bain Capital decided to close the plant, they brought in Chinese workers so that the Americans could train them. To add insult to injury, Sensata made the American workers take down the American flag while the Chinese workers were in the plant. This, by the way, can be found on the U.S.W. web site.
Susan Brown also insulted our young people by suggesting that they were swayed into voting for Obama because of liberalism. I believe our youth are smarter than that and that they recognized Romney’s duplicity and propaganda for what it really was. She also keeps singing that same old song about the president using “taxpayer funds like Monopoly money,” and offering handouts like they are grown on trees.
There are over 500 elected officials in Washington — Republicans and Democrats alike — and all of them are responsible for the budget crises. It can’t be pinned on one person alone. It is time to stop the blame game and get together to work for the common good and not for “the party,” big business and the Super Pacs! And it is time for those who hold the wealth of this great nation to start investing in American instead of in China. The Chinese worker doesn’t pay taxes to America — Americans do. Anyone who puts Americans out of work so they can use cheap, foreign labor is a traitor to this country.
Pam Puckett


Spread the word
about our schools
To The Editor:
 To raise awareness about the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education, the Obion County Education Association is celebrating the National Education Association’s 91st annual American Education Week this week.
Activities will be held nationwide and locally to draw attention to American Education Week’s tagline, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibililty.” This theme represents NEA’s vision of calling upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child, so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century. Please join us in this celebration by spreading the word about the important role of great public schools in the lives of students.
Teachers strive every day to make a difference in the lives of their students. Our highest goal is that they reach and exceed their greatest potential, and that they leave our classrooms ready and equipped to meet the challenges they will face in the world.
Teachers realize that we are not in this alone. Parents provide the greatest support by being there and working with their children at home. Teaching aides are able to individually assist students in skills they are strugging to master. Supervisors, bus drivers, lunchroom workers, janitorial and maintaence staff, office workers, and substitute teachers do all they can to meet the needs of both students and teachers.
OCEAs activities are in partnership withTEA and NEA, the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.
Please join us this week as we celebrate. Take pride in the accomplishments we have achieved together, and work with us so that we can continue to see success. Have a great week.
Peggy Kendall
Ridgemont Elementary

Published in The Messenger  11.14.12