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February 15, 2013
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Accountability is paramount

Several years ago, I lost my son while he was in the U.S. Navy. He was just 19 years old and stationed on a ship in the Indian Ocean. It was a terrible, painful time for our family.

That is why I do not understand the complete silence of the families who lost their sons in Benghazi. They seem to have accepted the “babblings” of Clinton at the hearings and the total lack of responsibility of our supreme leader, Obama. He has had five long months personally to address the American people and tell us exactly what happened during those 10 hours of death and destruction. Why hasn’t he? And why doesn’t anyone care?

It seems this is going the way of Fast & Furious. Soon it won’t be discussed at all. No one will be held accountable. Why aren’t the families mad as hell and demanding answers? They were given no truthful answers and were just expected to roll over and accept Obama’s insincere, trite condolences. Why have they not joined forces and demanded the truth?

I understand completely that nothing will bring back their sons, but perhaps the truth will give them some closure and peace of mind.

Joanne Crouch

Grass Valley

Set the trash talk aside

and get to work

I am often saddened and even upset by The Union Opinion page, yet it gives me an opportunity to see how many fear-based conspiracy theories exist to support truly extreme, absurd, oppositional political positions not based on facts.

As an American, I think there is a legitimate, necessary place for government in our lives that citizens should support so long as it functions to address the needs of the people in ways only it can manage (i.e., national security, public health, education and transportation, infrastructure, regulation of industry and trade, monetary policy, systems of justice and law enforcement, international relations etc.). I feel protected from the overreach of government because the Constitution provides for checks and balances in our system so power is distributed and not consolidated. The system promotes accountability while acknowledging human nature and supporting capitalism).

We have a democracy that promotes and demands responsible public debate and participation so the leaders with the best ideas and solutions to the problems we face prevail.

It is important that our representatives in government be principled and deal with the serious problems we face. However, recent experience shows us that ideologues won’t govern and only make things worse with their “brinkmanship” politics.

President Obama was re-elected. The “rubble of crisis” has been cleared. He has a plan, and it should be supported. Time for the trash talk to cease and for us to get to work.

Michele Spencer, Communications Committee

Nevada County Democrats

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