Worried about the future

EDITOR: Because I am very worried about the future of our country, I have had to pay very close attention to the direction things have been going for the last four years.

Obama has added five trillion dollars in new debt. That is more than all the previous presidents combined. He said he would cut the deficit in half and instead he doubled it. We borrow forty cents on every dollar from China, basically funding their military. The middle class median income has fallen by approximately $4,300. Gas prices have more than doubled. Healthcare is up $2,500 per family. The middle class family pays more than $4,000 in new taxes due to the out of control spending. Fifteen million new people are on food stamps. The value of the dollar has dropped dramatically. The unemployment rate continues to be 8 percent. Small businesses all over the country tell us they are being crushed by regulations and financial demands under this administration. All this in the last four years. The economy is certainly not improving.

Our natural resources are being held hostage. Permits for drilling are way down on federal land and off shore. Astronomical spending of tax payer dollars has gone toward wind and solar projects, most of it lost in bankruptcy. The coal industry has been brought to its knees. Our tax money has gone to South America so they can ramp up drilling and selling of oil to the US. The Keystone Pipeline, that would have provided thousands of jobs and increased energy, was shot down.

In foreign affairs, our allies can no longer trust us. The Middle East has gone from what was optimistically called the Arab Spring to being taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda. Our Libyan ambassador and three others were assassinated in a terrorist attack while being denied adequate security and then we are given questionable information on the attack. Israel is baffled by where it stands with this administration.

This president has chosen to ignore the Constitution and the laws of the land on many occasions, i.e. The Defense of Marriage Act, immigration laws, the decision on the drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the voter protection laws, to name a very few. Whether we agree with these actions on certain matters is not the point. The president is elected to protect our Constitution and laws. Only a dictator can choose to ignore laws made by elected representatives.

Obama spent his first term taking over the healthcare industry against the wishes of the majority of the country. We still don't have answers on the gun running "Fast and Furious" operation. Why are tax payers paying for scores of "czars" who have not been vetted by Congress? Why is the Catholic church being sabotaged? President Obama said early in his administration that if he could not turn things around in three years, then he should be a "one term president." I could not agree more.

Mitt Romney is a smart, energetic, optimistic, compassionate, experienced person who loves his country and knows how to achieve success. These are all traits to be admired. Let's give him a chance and see if we can save the country for our children and grandchildren.

Sheryl Diebler

Waverly, N.Y.

More on peace

EDITOR: The text of the editorial in your edition of Monday, Oct. 15, belies its own headline: "Peace...needs to be taken more seriously." While I might agree that Aung San Suu Kyi is a more obvious choice for the Nobel Peace Prize than either President Obama or the European Union, we would spend our time better to understand the reasoning of the Nobel Committee.

Peace is not merely the absence of war, although war occasionally is needed to secure it. Peace is a necessary, but not always sufficient, condition for the freedoms we cherish. Peace enables children to be free to be educated to their full potential. Peace allows adults the freedom to enjoy the fruits of their enterprise. Peace permits the elderly the security to fade away in comfort and dignity.

Ambassador Chris Stevens gave his life building relationships with the Arabic-speaking people of North Africa, whom he learned to love as a U. S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco in 1983 to 1985. Are the relationships what the Nobel Committee is celebrating with its Peace Prize? Perhaps you should nominate Chris Stevens for the Nobel Peace Prize and learn the answer to my question.

Franklin Innes, Towanda

RPCV, Samoa 1, 1967-1970