October 21, 2013

Letters to the editor: Tea party remains a flashpoint

Is it a group of ‘normal’ Americans or disruptive radicals?

I am a tea party member.

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Tea party supporter Greg Cummings of Cincinnati watches a rally with the Democratic Progressive Caucus and furloughed federal employees against House Republicans on Capitol Hill on Oct. 4.

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I am your neighbor, a regular American, retired teacher, with no criminal record.

I am one of millions of Americans who see our government as taking a dangerous turn toward a tyrannical, despotic trend, and therefore am reacting against this turn toward dictatorship and socialistic type of government.

It began when the Obama administration followed strictly partisan lines and, with no negotiation and no compromise, forced upon our nation the Affordable Care Act.

They did this knowing that the vast majority of Americans were and are against this 4,000 pages of complicated mandates that no one even today understands or knows what is in it.

It was sold as a law, not a tax. It was sold as a law that would not cause us to change our doctor or our insurance. It was sold on unadulterated lies.

Not one single Republican voted for it, yet the Democrats forced it upon us.

The tea party is not a party. It is normal Americans reacting against this trend.

We marched on Washington on 9/12 with 1.5 million of us in protest of this law. There was no violence, no attempt to overthrow the government, and did it under the law.

Yet the Democrats, the media and even congressional leaders call us anarchists, terrorists, murderers, arsonists, hostage takers, extortionists and a bunch of other unseemly names.

Somehow the media, liberals, progressives and Democrats have managed to paint a unrepresentative picture of who we in the tea party are. Name callers is what they are.

We are here to stay. We are your neighbors who just happen to support the United States Constitution.

Howard Cutler

Dixmont

I read in the Sunday Telegram a letter from a World War II Navy veteran, who apparently disagrees with the writings of former Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts (“Frank ignores Democrats’ major role in D.C. deadlock,” Oct. 13).

A Navy veteran, Mr. Phillip Kupelian, states in his letter his praise of the “tea party” as patriots and advocates free enterprise and less government.

I’m also a World War II veteran, a Marine, who has fought and worked for the welfare of all the people in our country, not small radical groups like the tea party. That group was trying to stop the Affordable Care Act for the welfare of all of the people in our country and even disrupt and try to stop the economic recovery from the recession by holding the country hostage, led by a small group of misguided Republicans in the House of Representatives.

The dictionary states “terrorists” are a group trying to gain political advantage by “fear, threats and coercion.”

Our country has faced many hardships and challenges: the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II and more. Every time, the people thought and then they acted. Our country comes first, no matter what party we belong to, and we should all work together to help make the nation, again, the United States of America! Semper Fi!

Leroy E. Peasley

Rockland

Food stamps budget is enough if spent wisely

So, the Biddeford, Maine, Market Basket store made the national news recently.

A Saco woman was quoted recently in a USA Today article referring to the recent glitch in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food stamp system that prevented recipients from using their card for a whole 10 to 12 hours! God help the starving children!

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