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November 19, 2012
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See how Obama’s doing

in six months

In response to Mr. Rob Katzenstein’s letter of Nov. 13 — congratulations on your guy winning his second term! I would like to hear from you in six months or a year when:

1. Your taxes increase, both state and federal.

2. Food stamp demands rise.

3. Unemployment is on the upswing.

4. Housing market in decline.

5. Stock market down.

6. Obamacare, a 2,700-page “nightmare,” takes full effect.

Sir, I could go on, but I think you get my point. As for Mr. Obama’s leadership skills … where is he leading us? The “cliff” lies straight ahead. Who will he blame for these past four years? Oh, oh, I think I know the answer to that one: “George W. Bush.”

Bobsie Bostic

Nevada City

Religious tyranny

Self-described “Catholic columnist” Kathryn Lopez’ recent column was a lesson in hypocrisy.

The column talks about “why we should value religious freedom” by laying out a rambling attack on the Massachusetts initiative supporting death with dignity. The proposed law, modeled after the existing Oregon and Washington laws, allows terminally ill adults to obtain life-ending medications after a process carefully designed to ensure that the decision is made without haste or coercion. While I respect Kathryn’s right to follow her own religious beliefs, I absolutely reject her insistence that laws force everybody to follow her religious beliefs. This is not religious freedom. It is religious tyranny. The pilgrims came to this country to escape such tyranny.

Experience with the Oregon law, passed in 1994, has debunked the tired arguments against it described by Kathryn. I have studied this issue for decades and am a passionate believer in such laws, despite the strong opposition of the Catholic Church. I watched my mother, who had lost the battle against ovarian cancer and wanted to die with dignity, be forced to shrivel away as she starved to death. It was a horrible and inhumane death. I believe that competent, un-coerced, terminally ill adults have a right to choose their time of death. If any of your beliefs allow you no early exit, then follow your beliefs. Leave my choice to me.

Kent Treiber

Penn Valley

UnChristian-like behavior

I was pleased to read the Other Voices column by Jerry Martin (Nov. 10). He expressed very clearly my own feelings regarding the appalling lies and misinformation that have been propagated about President Obama.

I have been variously dismayed, depressed and sickened by the mistruths and distortions and most of all by the hatred that seems to fuel them. Many of the emails being circulated by the “Christian” right can only be described as hate mail. But isn’t Christianity supposed to encourage love, tolerance and understanding? Can anyone explain the hypocrisy here? I would truly love to understand how this can happen.

Fran Brodel

Grass Valley

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