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Posted: Sunday, September 7, 2008 6:14 pm | Updated: 11:27 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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Palin earned VP nomination

It cracks me up listening to the lefties spewing forth about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s “lack of experience” and “unreadiness for the job.” I think they protest too much. Palin has worked her way up to governor of a state the old-fashioned way. She was not anointed, but arrived at her position through hard work, good skills, and by being in touch with what her community needed. She has executive experience running a city and a state, and by all accounts did a decent job in both positions.

Contrast that to Barack Obama. As far as I can tell, all he has ever accomplished is to get elected to public office. He has no job history of actually working to produce something. He has no experience running a city of any size, much less a state. Democrats’ attacks on Palin for lack of foreign policy experience are laughable; what exactly is Obama’s experience?

The people who will vote for Obama should show the courage to be honest and admit that their guy is where he is simply because he’s cute, has novelty value, and because his socialist views are appealing to a certain demographic segment.

To paraphrase Sen. Hillary Clinton: Gov. Palin has a lifetime of experience that she will bring to the White House. And Sen. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002. Truer words were never spoken.

RC BARTLETT

QUEEN CREEK

McCain pandering with Palin

I can’t help but question John McCain’s motivations in choosing Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. If you’re like me, aren’t you wondering where all of this is coming from? Did he experience a “cultural enlightenment” recently? Or maybe he took a good hard look at his campaign, his constituents and realized that his life represents more “homogeneity” than same-sex couples. Who knows?

It appears, albeit subconsciously, that Mccain’s choice is simply his expression of the same delusion proposed by some whites that having a “black friend” somehow gives the impression that you embrace diversity and have a clue about the African-American experience. In other words, it appears McCain’s choice of Palin is a weak attempt at demonstrating that he embraces the experience and adversity of women simply because his running mate is a woman. My guess is that this sort of posturing will not go over well with the Hillary Clinton supporters that he is so desperately trying to win over.

In the words of my mother, a true supporter of Clinton, “I feel like McCain is throwing us a bone. We want a woman, but not just any woman.”

JASON OVERMYER

PHOENIX

Good reasons for no passport

I was struck by some comments on CNN regarding Gov. Sarah Palin and how she has only in 2007 obtained a passport. The gist of the conversation was only 27 percent of Americans have a passport, and the reason given was lack of curiosity and/or lack of interest in regard to the rest of the world. I beg to disagree!

There are many reasons for not having a passport, how about responsibility to family and job; not having funds to go out of the U.S., lack of enough vacation time, or a family-owned farm or business to care for? The list of reasons for no passport can go on and on, but lack of interest in the rest of the world would be at the bottom of the list for most, but not all, Americans.

Although I have visited all 50 states, I did not have a passport until 21 years ago. I surely had a great deal of curiosity and interest in all of the world for all of my life. But until the late 1980s, I had to do with arm-chair traveling through books, movies and magazines.

SUSAN L. ANDERSON

TEMPE

Palin not a political insider

I am a German native and ever since I became a nationalized U.S. citizen in 1984, I have been a registered Republican. Along with a number of our friends, I have been greatly concerned about our nominated candidate, John McCain, for obvious reasons and was not sure if I would give him my vote on Nov. 4.

I was delighted to observe the energetic, well-spoken female governor of Alaska being presented as his running mate for vice president. He couldn’t have made a better choice. Finally, we would have someone in the administration who is just from a normal, middle-class background who seems to be unafraid to dig for the truth and who, most of all, stands completely outside the usual candidates.

Sarah Palin has more executive experience (as governor, or even a small town mayor) than the Democratic candidate for the presidency, Barack Obama. According to reports, she brought a lot of good changes to her town and Alaska by “cleaning up” in various areas of her 10 years of being in public office and on committees. Her hands-on work dealing toughly with the Alaskan oil industry, and awareness of our energy crisis, is an additional plus.

What I am missing in all those reservations thrown out by the media is aren’t we comparing apples with oranges? Isn’t it more important that our president be the key person to make intelligent and calculated decisions on crucial issues, based on his or her experience, not the vice president?

Therefore, shouldn’t a presidential candidate have more experience in governing than a vice presidential candidate?

Congratulations, John McCain on your choice. You’ll have my vote on Nov. 4!

SIGRID EGAN

SCOTTSDALE

Don’t give us another Bush

America is once again in the home stretch of a presidential election that could go down to the wire. Just like in 2000 and 2004, it will be the undecided voters who make up their minds in the final days that will make the difference. Their decision will be based on what they hear from the candidates, their supporters and the media. Even more important than the rhetoric and spin, and yes, some facts they hear, is the credibility of the people doing the talking.

Most of the people who would have you believe John McCain is the right man for the job also told you George W. Bush was going to be one of the greatest presidents in this country’s history. We all know how that turned out. These advocates, whose only requirement to champion a candidate is whether or not they have an “R” behind their name, will never admit they were monumentally wrong in their support for President Bush. These same people now tell us McCain is the candidate of change and he will fix all the ills of this country. They say John McCain is no Bush, and that he will competently lead us back to prosperity and respect. Haven’t they just proved their complete lack of credibility in their support for McCain?

I urge everyone who is still undecided to take the information they hear from the credibility of the source from which it came.

STEVEN E. BACON

SCOTTSDALE

Palin should focus on kids

In the days since John McCain’s announcement of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, I have heard many opinions voiced about the wisdom of this choice. Palin seems to be a very wonderful, talented woman who has and will accomplish many great things.

However, I fear that her talents go to waste as she looks past the most important thing that she can and should be doing, and that is mothering. I don’t presume to know what kind of mother Palin is other than that she is a mother who chooses to leave her children and go to work.

I applaud Palin for not aborting Trig, a Down syndrome baby. I wonder, though, with her path so firmly planted in the realm of politics, who will care for him and advocate for him as she spends her time campaigning and then performing the duties of her political offices? Who is home to greet her children after school. I wonder when there is a choice between political duty and family duty, which is placed aside?

There is no greater work that a woman can have than being a mother. Women every day fall for the lie that they are wasting their talents and abilities if they do not focus them outside the home. No other success or accomplishment can make up for or replace loss of time and influence from a mother with her children. A mother who is working and pursuing a career robs her children of her energy and talents.

The greatest difference made in the United States is by mothers, not politicians. Sarah Palin can affect greater things being at home with her children than by being the vice president.

PATTI JO MEDINA

PHOENIX

Military will support McCain

One of the biggest problems I have with liberals is when they think they are being clever by not fully presenting facts when trying to advance their viewpoints. Witness the Kirk Muse letter of Sept. 2, where he is trying to convince us that overseas military personnel are “overwhelming” supporting Barack Obama over John McCain. Muse does not provide a reference, so I provide what I believe is the source of Muse’s assertion.

The following quotes are from an online Aug 15 article in NavyTimes:

“The Center for Responsible Politics says that in terms of total contributions during the 2008 election cycle, 859 service members have contributed a combined $335,536 to Obama as of June 30, an average of about $391 a person. In comparison, 558 service members have contributed a combined $280,513 to Sen. John McCain, an average of $503 a person.

“Looking just at contributions from service members with overseas addresses, McCain trails far behind Obama and (Ron) Paul. Obama got $60,642 in contributions from 134 military personnel, an average of $453 a person. Paul got $45,512 from 99 military personnel, an average of $460 a person, while McCain received $10,665 from 26 people, an average of $410 a person.

“Considering the overall size of the military and the number of people deployed, the number of military personnel making contributions to the presidential political campaigns is very small, making it difficult to draw any conclusions about what the data say about overall support for the candidates.”

The second quote is probably where Muse derived his six to one ratio of support for Obama, based on an “overwhelming” sample size of 160 military personnel.

GERARD SMOROWSKI

GILBERT

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