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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 1:15 am

Chair has better intel attendance than Obama

According to a recent study by the Government Accountability Institute, President Obama has only attended 43.8 percent of his Presidential Daily Briefs in the first 1,225 days of his Administration.

Looks like Clint Eastwood’s empty chair at 56.2 percent has attended more intel briefings than Obama.

Larry Epperson


Renovated suite at Purdue is a sham

Purdue University has put up a deceitful “sham” in the redecoration of the President’s Suite on the West Lafayette campus. The redecoration bill of $380,000 is a pretty penny considering where this funding is coming from. According to news sources, this funding is coming from the Purdue Repair and Rehabilitation fee charged to its students. (You can view the fees charged at, click on the 2012-13 link.)

This fee is charged in order to repair and rehabilitate buildings on campus and was necessary when Governor Daniels cut funding to the University in order to get Indiana back in the black. This fee is $161 per semester. Baring an increase (which happens each year) a student attending four years will pay approximately $1,288 in R and R fees. Do the math; you will see that 1,180 students attending the 2012-13 academic year will be funding this renovation. How many of those students will ever step foot in the newly renovated Presidential Suite?

Cutting education was one way to save money for Indiana. How can anyone agree with those cuts when individual tax payers attending college are required to “chip in” so they will have a place to learn?

President-elect Daniels has ordered all work to stop. What will dignitaries visiting Purdue’s campus think of an incomplete renovation? Seems to me that the work will have to continue to completion.

Way to go Purdue and their Trustees!

Michael Richmond


Choice leads to a two-class society

A lady has called to complain that my last letter was filled with hate. I think I must take the time to make this a teaching moment. It is not hate to criticize policies and planks in a political platform that will cause the death of members of an entire gender. It is not hate to point out that tax laws and removal of the social safety net will cause hardship and perhaps even death to the old, the sick and the disabled. It is not hate to point out that the numbers of the tax policies of the current Republican proposals do not add up. It is not hate that the goal of the Republican party in the States is to disenfranchise voters and break up unions.

Mr. Epperson in his letter has a valid point. No one disputes that we should strive for excellence, but that does not excuse greed, dishonesty and self-centeredness. Current Republican thought and policy is centered on the dismantling of government, and justifying accumulation of wealth on a scale that is unprecedented in human history. If Mr. Epperson and the Tea Party were actually worried about off-shoring and globalization, they would have told their members to vote for the AJA. But it is more important for them to beat the President than to solve problems. I don’t hate anyone, but this election is a choice between a humane outlook, and corporate takeover leading to a two class society, rich and poor.

Dan Booher


  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.


  • Reality posted at 1:35 pm on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    Reality Posts: 2

    Wonder if Mr. Dennison knows the actual context of Obama's quote about standing behind Muslims. Here's a hint; he was talking about American ones after a pretty major disaster. And the statement was intrinsically American.

  • jmshel posted at 11:52 am on Mon, Sep 17, 2012.

    jmshel Posts: 22

    Comments filled with venom and hyperbole contribute little to understanding the real issues. Can't we have a civil conversation and refrain from vitriolic ranting?

  • Charles Dennison posted at 3:30 am on Mon, Sep 17, 2012.

    Charles Dennison Posts: 137

    " I think I must take the time to make this a teaching moment." Gee, Dan, do you think you can talk down to those who take exception to your rant just a little bit more?
    "It is not hate to criticize policies and planks in a political platform that will cause the death of members of an entire gender." Really???! You cannot expect anyone to take you seriously when you go that far over the top. "An entire gender"...wiped out, you say. Hmmm, and yet Obama says when the wind changes he will stand with a certain group of know that religion of peace that beats and beheads women for talking to men that aren't their husbands? Oh I forgot he's the most transparent president EVER, so I guess he gets a pass on that one.