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Letter to the Editor: No time or money for political drivel

on August 19, 2014 10:19 AM

In response to the Aug 11 “As I see it” column by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster and Sunday’s response by Gordon Knox:

Thank you, Mr. Knox. You put it very well. The only way our government can succeed is with cooperation from both sides, by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Wasting taxpayer money and time on suing the president (like wasting the money when trying to prove that he wasn’t an American citizen) is just another example of the bureaucratic nonsense that has been coming out of Washington. We don’t have money or time to waste on political drivel — we have real problems that need attention now.

Unfortunately, most Republicans have neither cooperated with nor offered viable suggestions for anything that would make President Obama look good. And most Democrats, in turn, have done the same thing in regard to not making Republicans look good. But such gridlock is preventing our government from working, and this needs to stop.

Just like the men and women in the armed services, elected officials have a duty to the United States. During their term, their loyalty should be to the country, not to a party or to a group of people who financially backed their campaign. Their intention should be that when they leave office, this country (not their financial/political future) is in better shape.

Maybe, when we are asked to pray for our elected officials, we should instead be praying for “new” elected officials. Most of our present ones do not seem to have the skills or integrity needed for the job.

That’s how I see it.

Ann Marie Dechman

Blairsville

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