Issue One: The Democratic National Convention
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What wasn't said
I watched the Democratic National Convention. I wonder why no one ever finishes the sentence they use over and over: "Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive." In my mind, the next phrase is: "Our country is crippled by debt and entitlements, and the GM bondholders were cheated by the government."
Before I retired, I worked for a brokerage firm and so many GM bondholders were elderly and counted on that interest on their bonds to supplement their income. The unions were bailed out at the expense of these people who loaned GM money and expected a return. I don't think this has ever been done before by our government. I see why they don't finish their line.
GEORGE ANN BOWER
Stakes are high
The stark contrast between the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention could be summed up in one sentence: At the RNC the message was "we will make your life better," and at the DNC it was "this is how we will make your life better."
Instead of offering platitudes like those at the RNC, the speakers at the DNC, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton, offered real and specific policies that have been presented and will continue to be presented in a second Obama term.
The conventions did a great job of educating the voters of the profound stakes of the upcoming elections.
STEVEN M. CLAYTON
The writer previously lived in Shadyside.
Where was Bush?
I just finished a great book written by my friend and neighbor Ken Gormley called "The Death of American Virtue." It's the deeply researched story of the struggles Bill Clinton went through to maintain his sworn duty in the face of nearly insurmountable opposition.
After watching Mr. Clinton's powerful speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, I was reminded of what a natural orator he is. Had he not been derailed by his wealthy detractors he might have left a bigger legacy.
Where were George W. Bush and Dick Cheney at the Republication National Convention? Their absence shows the GOP's true feelings. The Republicans want to be completely disassociated from their eight years of "accomplishments." When all actions are aimed at rendering your elected commander in chief incapable of serving his oath, it borders on treason.
First Published September 9, 2012 12:00 am