More on Meg Whitman & Black Voters; More on Obama & Progressives …

by on August 2, 2010

To the Editor:

When we as a black people start voting as much as our white counterparts and getting more involved in the process, politicians like Meg Whitman will be forced to listen to us!

Darin Avery
Detroit, MI

To the Editor:

Some good points were made in this article, but we as African American have to take ownership as to why politicians don’t mess with us as a voting bloc.

Los Angeles

To the Editor:

I feel Meg Whitman is racist, and African Americans in California will suffer if she is elected to office. What happened to her promise of closing the borders? Her decision not to attend Saturday’s candidate forum at the San Francisco Christian Center on black and Latino issues is a slap in the face of minorities. She will not be getting my vote, and I will pass this information on to everyone I know.

Miyoshi Anderson
Vallejo, CA

To the Editor:

My main concern with Meg Whitman has nothing to do with race. I am African American, but I am worried about her stance on Pension reform for state workers. I don’t want her adjusting my Pension whatsoever. How can a billionaire relate to me? Why does she feel we are receiving too much in pensions? I work my **s off at work, and I feel she should focus on border security and bringing business back to California. She should also be working on drafting up a law similiar to Arizona’s (which she is opposed to) so my vote for her is no, I will be voting for Jerry. Again, race has nothing to do with it. I could give a flying #@*k if she doesn’t want to address us, leave my Pension alone!!!

Malcolm Adams
Campbell, CA

To the Editor:

I am not sure why Lincoln Mitchell viewed President Obama as progressive. Probably wishful thinking on his part. I voted for him hoping he would be left of center. For the most part, I haven’t been disappointed.

Unfortunately, there is little media attention given to how much he has done in his first 17 months in office. Arguably, he has done more than FDR and LBJ — the standard many use to measure accomplishments — in the same amount of time in office. The media focuses almost exclusively on Obama’s critics, without holding them responsible for the uncivil, unconstructive tone of their disagreements or without holding the previous administration responsible for the mess Obama inherited.

And Obama has to deal with the Congressional Blue Dog Democrats and the lack of a filibuster-proof Senate much of the time. I admire him for focusing on results that take time to come to fruition. When things go too slowly to suit the left or not in the direction that suits them, they become frustrated and blame the moral character of their leaders. Some day, the left (and progressives) might get around to blaming Republicans.

Here are a few of his accomplishments that come to mind: health care reform (imperfect though it may be); a $789 billion economic stimulus package; selecting Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court; credit card reform; allowing more federal money for stem cell research; new policy on Cuba (allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones); financial regulatory reform; and improved relations with Russia. And this is only a partial list.

Of course, there is much to be done. Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, immigration reform, an energy policy come quickly to mind. Hopefully, the Democratic and independent voters will wake up in time to punish Republican candidates at the mid-term elections.

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco

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