Issue One: Mitt Romney's '47 percent'

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No worries

If Mitt Romney's job is not to worry about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay income tax, then we should be relieved, as presumably that means he will also not be worrying about the 55 percent of large corporations that pay no income tax. That doesn't leave him much to worry about, but then he isn't the type to worry about much, not even about his dog on the roof of his car.

DANIEL E. WEEKS
Squirrel Hill


Entitled? Yes

Yes, Mr. Romney, many citizens of the greatest country in the world believe that low-income Americans are entitled to basic health care. Yes, we also believe they are entitled to shelter (as opposed to a cardboard box) and entitled to food (as opposed to starving). They should be able to live as well as your horses do. Heads up, voters!

ROBERT KUNKLE
Ross


Romney gets it

At last, due to Jimmy Carter IV via Mother Jones, we know that Mitt Romney realizes that the 47 percent of U.S. citizens on entitlements are not going to vote for him! Hallelujah! Now we can discuss the math involved here. With the current occupant of the White House, we are more than $16 trillion in debt, more folks are on welfare and we're running out of money. Fifty-three percent of the citizens can't support the 47 percent (and growing) who expect handouts.

With each passing day, it becomes more clear whom to vote for in November. President Barack Obama's foreign policy is deteriorating: Witness the debacle in Libya and the brutal death of our ambassador there. The facts are accumulating daily, and the picture isn't pretty. Someone in Mr. Obama's administration has a lot of explaining to do.

In regard to Mr. Romney's statement at a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla., in May, consider Mr. Obama's statement at a San Francisco fundraiser in 2008 about people who cling to guns or religion. I am a Bible-reading, gun-toting Pennsylvanian who took no more personal exception than to vote otherwise.

Quit your whining and looking for excuses, and do the math. In November, you are either smart or dumb. Do your homework!

TERRY BARKER
Mt. Lebanon


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