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Letter to the Editor
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

I empathize with the sentiments expressed in Joni Campbell's letter “Incomprehensible hatred”. The disdain for President Barack Obama is not only incomprehensible, it is disrespectful to the man and to the office of the president of the United States of America.

Each side seems to view the president through its respective prism; an educated, pensive commander in chief becomes an uppity, indecisive tyrant. It's sad that the Republicans have never accepted that Obama was duly elected, not once but twice. As heard or seen on conservative media, he's “not really American,” “the other,” “Muslim,” “hates America.”

Compromise is the only way forward. Republicans view “compromise” (House Speaker John Boehner refused to even utter the word) as a dirty word. Items on the congressional agenda considered routine, i.e., infrastructure, jobs, are blocked. Ideas embraced by Republican think tanks (health care/The Heritage Foundation) are rejected when Obama supports them. So, Obama is being blocked not because of ideology but because of ... ? One wonders.

In lieu of governance, the Republicans are filing a lawsuit and have formed committees to investigate and then, when the results of the investigations are not as desired, re-investigate at taxpayer expense. The most unproductive Congress has left the American people “holding the bag” — and sadly, it's empty.

Ellen M. Shar

Bethel Park

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