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Letters to the editor from Hamburg areas for week of Oct. 4, 2012

Resident offers view on Presidential race issues

Editor, The Sun

The recent letter criticizing a local paper for calling Paul Ryan a liar once again proved to me that many voters are not fully informed as to the political shenanigans of our politicians. Itís true the media can be biased, but who does the writer think provides the online information she is trusting? The writer has obviously been misled and needs to do a little more research of the facts.

First, it was not a local paper who called Ryan a liar. They simply printed an article originated by a Washington news bureau, while the liar tag was provided by a number of bi-partisan fact-checker organizations that lately seem to be quite accurate. Letís then review the items the letter writer brought up:

1.) On the GM plant that closed in Ryanís hometown Ė the writer claims Obama made empty promises to pander for votes, telling them it would be opened for another 100 years, but the plant closed in April of 2009, during Obamaís presidency. The writer, in fact, didnít finish Obamaís statement. The president indicated if he was in charge, it would remain open, but unfortunately, he wasnít in charge. The fact is the shutdown was decided many months earlier. In fact, the final close down date in April was actually set in November of 2008 when Bush was still in office. Obama had absolutely no control over the closing. Unfortunately, Obamaís bailout came too late to save the plant.

2.) Medicare. The writer stated it is 100 percent true that Obamacare raided $716 billion from Medicare to pay for itself, which cuts benefits to senior citizens. Absolutely not true. Obamacare is funneling the money out of Medicare, but itís coming from the insurance companies, not from senior citizens. Obamacare sets a limit on insurance company profits, which already has funneled millions of dollars in rebates to senior citizens and has also begun to create government savings. The program also has already pushed a number of companies to offer customers no premium policies. The best part is the insurance companies are OK with this, because it is gaining them many new customers who otherwise couldnít afford a Medicare advantage plan. The bottom line is that seniors will not have benefits cut or be paying more for their insurance. In fact, they ultimately will be getting better coverage without paying more. In contrast, almost all the bi-partisan fact finders and financial researchers agree that seniors will pay more and lose benefits under Ryanís so-called voucher plan.

3.) The writer stated that Ryan said nothing about the stimulus that was disproved, and that the stimulus program itself has utterly failed. Neither statement is true. Ryan stated that ďyou, the working men and women of this country, were cut out of the deal.Ē Totally false. Both Ryan and the writer have obviously forgotten the $288 billion in various tax deductions (including an $8,000 deduction for first-time home buyers), $77 billion for infrastructure projects (which aided in the creation of 4.1 million new jobs), and financial aid to small businesses, energy projects, health care, education and scientific research. Itís true the stimulus didnít reach the potential Obama had hoped for, but a large part of the problem was the sabotaging of many of his ideas by the ďNoĒ party in Congress, with Ryan one of the main perpetrators. In fact, economists say we actually avoided the deep recession we were heading for. To say the stimulus plan utterly failed is a typical Ryan-like misconception.

4.) On the debt commission. Itís true that Obama did not fully embrace the Simpson-Bowles proposal, primarily because of cuts in health care and middle class tax deductions and a total revamping of social security, which would have drastically reduced many benefits. However, the president did nothing to block any attempt to get the proposal to Congress for debate and voting. This was done by Ryan, who led the fight that killed the proposal before it ever reached the house. Whatís amazing is the writer regards the presidentís counter proposals, much of which is designated to benefit the middle class, as wildly reckless, while deeming Ryanís proposals, which would cost the middle class millions, as praiseworthy. Iíd like to know what online site the information is coming from.

It troubles me greatly that good people consistently vote on distorted propaganda that they believe is true. Unfortunately, in todayís mass media era of mudslinging campaigns, itís sometimes difficult to decipher the truth.

Dick DePasquale
Hamburg


Hamburg Lions Club schedules open house

Editor, The Sun

The Town of Hamburg Lions has been serving our local community since 1941. Many people recognize the Lions Clubs for our work with the vision impaired. We do this important work and so much more. The Town of Hamburg Lions club provided over $8,000 in local scholarships and other youth services last year. We donated thousands of dollars to area food pantries and actively work to enhance the quality of life in our community. Last year alone, we returned over $20,000 to carry out our important work. Our motto is ďWe Serve.Ē

We are holding an Open House and are inviting all interested men and women to find out more about us. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct.10 at 6:30 p.m. We meet at JPís Pub at 1986 Lakeview Road in Lake View. Food and refreshments will be served.

Lions Club International is the worldís largest service organization with over 46,000 clubs and over 1.3 million members.

We make our communities better places to live.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, please contact Lion Philip Durkin at 430-0019.

We will also be collecting used eye glasses, hearing aids, cell phones and ink jets at this meeting.

Lion Philip Durkin
President
Town of Hamburg Lions Club


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