Letters to the editor

McCain is elitist, Obama is elite

Projection is a technique which Republican Party campaigns have been using successfully for many years. It is based on characterizing the opposition as being what you are.

No matter what your political affiliation happens to be, everyone who thinks logically knows that the Democratic Party is the party that wants to do what is best for the people, while the leadership of the Republican Party wants to do what is best for corporations and the very wealthy. What the Republican Party is doing is elitist!

To try to paint Barack Obama as an elitist is ludicrous. What they are really trying to say is "He is different. He is not like you. Be scared of him."

Is Obama elite? Yes he is! He is elite because he is brilliant, well-educated and accomplished &

and because he did it all on his own. He is not elitist!

John McCain was accepted into the Naval Academy because he had high ranking naval officers as father and grandfather. This is a form of elitism. Once in the Naval Academy, he did poorly and graduated 894th out of 899 midshipmen in his class. That is the bottom — percent.

While John McCain was still married he had an affair with a woman who was 19 years his junior. This woman was the heiress to a Budweiser distribution fortune. John McCain divorced his first wife and married this woman, and as a result is now worth over $300 million.

John McCain says that a half black, half white man who is from a broken home, yet achieved greatness through his own efforts is an elitist. I say Barack Obama is elite and John McCain is elitist! After the disaster of the last 7.5 years we need an elite president rather than another mediocre elitist.

The American people deserve better than this. Let's start talking about the real issues and get beyond this ridiculous elitist trash!

Ed Dillon

Hartzell is city's most progressive counselor

I'm glad that Councilor Cate Hartzell is running again in November. Most voters haven't worked with her personally, so they may be swayed by media portrayal of her as "too nitpicky."

Cate is one of Ashland's most progressive councilors. She's full of compassion for Ashland's people, including the poor and homeless. She votes on issues with the whole community in mind, not just the business community.

Her stands on the environment and on residents' rights may put her at odds with mass media, which is generally run by big business. So she gets far more criticism than less progressive councilors do.

I think her "nitpickiness" is an issue that has been blown out of proportion. I've been lobbying Cate for two and a half years. I've experienced her to be dedicated and thorough, pointing out kinks that no one else took the time to notice. In our fast-track society, this kind of carefulness is a virtue.

I've been struck by Cate's honesty and integrity. When certain other councilors have chastised me for speaking regularly at public forum, Cate has always been respectful of my citizen's right to do that.

Please don't be swayed by media criticism. Cate is Ashland's treasure, and I think that most citizens who don't vote for her in November will be cutting off their own feet.

Ambuja Rosen

Lowry's writing needs a warning to readers

It would have been good to identify Rich Lowry ("Our first transnational president?" Tdings, July 30) as the editor of National Review &

that right-wing bible for conservatives &

rather than to try to pass him off merely as a part of something called "Creators Syndicate," whatever that is.

When you see something like "Transnational progressivism is closely allied to multiculturalism," you know that you are getting into pretty serious stuff, or at least it seems threatening. But when he "rails" against walls and "brandishes" his upbringing, you get an idea where Lowry is coming from.

And revelation is completed when Lowry joins his mentor, William Buckley (now deceased), creator and first editor of National Review, in lamenting world togetherness.

Lowry finds that "transnational progressivism is closely allied to multiculturalism and both share a hostility to American exceptionalism and seek to rein it in by imposing global rules in the U.S... ."


Lowry is reminiscent of William Buckley's proclamation in his introduction to National Review, when Buckley defiantly proclaimed "National Review" to be "standing athwart history, yelling stop."

Harry L. Cook

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