Letter: This letter not true record of president's leadershipcord

Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013, 1:03 pm
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This is in response to the Feb. 9 letter "Socialism, oppression, etc., are not American values." Under President Obama, our economy is improving.

The DOW is at an all-time high. Jobs are being created and unemployment is decreasing. Socialism is defined as vesting of ownership and the control of production. Just HOW will Rep. Cheri Bustos "regulate" free enterprise? Give me an example. These ridiculous statements need specifics. Certain regulations are needed for a safe and orderly society.

Most major countries provide health care for their citizens. It is indefensible to say that it defiles rights and liberty. What defiles our rights is the Republican campaign to take away Social Security and Medicare as we know it and have paid into.

Welfare and immigration didn't originate with President Obama. There is better border control and more illegal immigrants have been deported now than at any other time. Our previous president spent us into a depression so deep we almost didn't get out of it. It will take years to recover from his irresponsible spending and totally unfounded wars. I think we still have total religious freedom in this country. Again, give me an example of religious oppression.

No matter how often President Obama is called a socialist, it's NOT true. Democracy is defined as political or social equality, formal equality of rights and privileges. President Obama's speeches always include his belief that everyone is entitled to a "fair shot". This is true democracy.

Carole Stoner,
East Moline


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  Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.

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