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Reader’s Forum — 10-26-12

White House is waging its own war on women

During this election, there have been several buzz terms thrown around, but none have been quite so offensive to me as the term “War on Women.”

The fact that the current administration continues to say that the Republican Party is waging this aforementioned war is not only offensive to my gender but demeaning to my intelligence.

Rather than looking at the Republican Party, why isn’t the focus of the media and the female collective shifted towards the fact that female staffers in the Obama administration are paid an average of 18 percent less than their male counterparts?

Or how about the fact that reports from prominent female strategist Anita Dunn have stated that the Obama White House could be classified as a hostile work environment? No one?

Even more egregious than the glass ceiling that Obama refuses to lift for his own staff is that the administration gave a $1.5 billion aid package to Egypt, a country that is now run by the Muslin Brotherhood, a militant Islamic Extremist group that denigrates women and refuses to grant them the same rights at their male counterparts.

I am a mother, a wife and an independent voter. Rather than showing me why I should vote for him, the president has spent four years giving me every reason why I shouldn’t.

The record has spoken for itself.

And as a domestic violence and rape survivor, I have to very loudly and emphatically say that the only war I see being waged on women is by the Obama administration.

It is an economic war on my family. It is a war on my morals and my religious freedoms, a war on my right to provide the affordable health care I chose for my family rather than what the administration says I should provide, and it is a war on my intelligence.

Anne Blackburn,


Let’s keep party politics out of schools

As a parent of a child in the Lincoln County School system I have become increasingly concerned about a trend I believe to be taking place regarding our local school board and the upcoming election.

My understanding is that this is supposed to be a non-partisan election and for good reason.

That being said, there appear to be various factions attempting to partisanize this process and if ultimately successful it will be to the detriment of our children. I understand politics can be an ugly business but do we really want our local school board to operate with the same vitriol and ineffectiveness of party politics that we see in other areas of government?

Do we want our school board members to be beholden to party puppet masters worrying more about party interests than in doing the jobs we elected them to do? Can we rise above the petty nature of partisan politics in this instance for the sake our children?

It’s not an unimportant job that we elect them to do, lets put the unnecessary partisanship aside so as to not make it any harder than it needs to be.

Lance Carroll,


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