SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska


By Doug Barry


June 10, 2008
Tuesday PM

"The Democrats are Stuck with Obama" intones regular Sitnews letter writer Mark Neckameyer. Right now, I'd rather be stuck with Barack after being stuck with George for eight downward spiraling years.

Neckameyer claims internet blogs prove Obama's connection to the "mob"; beware of what passes as "fact" in most internet discussions -- many web-based articles are the rantings of overly emotional and reactionary conspiracy theorists -- similar to the likes of Neckameyer.

He speaks of Obama's lack of experience; G.W. didn't have much before he became President -- 5 years as governor of Texas (the ex in Texas apparently is short for excessive executions). Obama, by the way, has seven years legislative experience under his belt going into the Presidential nomination process compared to Bush's 5 at the time he began running for the office.

Nice folks George W. surrounded himself with during his administration's reign -- Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz -- all masters of deception and war-mongering propaganda who would not listen to military advisers, scholars of Middle East culture or history, much less the intelligence facts. Read the accounts in the book "Fiasco" (represented by all political walks of life) and you'll have no doubt how criminal the impulsiveness of the Iraq war truly was and how tragic the lack of strategy there still is for Iraqis and American soldiers alike (our son was among the first Marines to set foot in Baghdad in 2003).

How we, as Americans, allowed ourselves to be hoodwinked into such an expensive disaster -- lives, economy, geopolitical standing -- still amazes me.

But it doesn't really matter to me if it's Obama or McCain who gets to be our next President. Either way, it will be a relief to have someone in the Whitehouse who can at least answer a question extemporaneously and intelligently without tripping over his own ideology. And don't even get me started on the subject of Presidential religious affiliations.

Free speech is a blessing. But sometimes I wish Mr. Neckameyer would find something more constructive to do with all the spare time he seems to have.

Doug Barry
Bend, OR

About: "Born and raised in Ketchikan where it rains 13' a year; now lives in Bend where it rains 13" a year."

Received June 10, 2008 - Published June 10, 2008


Viewpoints - Opinion Letters:

letter Webmail Your Opinion Letter to the Editor



Note: Comments published on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.


E-mail your letters & opinions to
Your full name, city and state are required for publication.

SitNews ©2008
Stories In The News
Ketchikan, Alaska