Obama clinches | June 4, story
Obama-Clinton: a ticket for unity
If the Democratic Party and Barack Obama will have any chance at all to prevail in November, then Obama should not hesitate to choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate. She is open and warmhearted to the idea of running for vice president. If they can get their act together and sincerely address the American people's concerns — such as health care, Iraq, the economy, illegal aliens, employment and the uncontrollable cost of living — then John McCain and his running mate (Charlie Crist maybe) will not be the "shoo-in" the Republican Party expects.
The controversy that has developed over the way the Democrats handled this primary election has damaged them severely and indeed further divided their party. The only sure way to get unity back is for Obama to choose Clinton as his running mate. No other ticket will guarantee the best chance for a Democratic victory, and I will not hesitate to vote Democratic.
Jack Burlakos, Kenneth City
Reject the Clintons
There's no way the Hill-Bill team should be on the Democratic ticket. Hillary and Bill Clinton will continue to "rape" the White House as they did before with no integrity or transparency.
Barack and Michelle Obama have integrity, decency, no airs and need no broken baggage. If Hillary Clinton is on the ticket as vice president, the concept of change is broken, and Obama's theme becomes a lie.
We can't have them back! What will they try to rent out next, the vice president's office?
C. Westerhof, Tarpon Springs
Obama clinches | June 4, story
Democrats should prepare for a GOP onslaught
I'm not sure what all the cheering is about. Barack Obama, whom I support, has the Democratic nomination. He looks like a solid candidate — bright, articulate, and with a strong sense of right and wrong. And he's running against a doddering old warmonger who is in bed with every elite lobbyist in Washington.
But the Republican fear-and-smear machine does not care about any of that. They showed us in 2004 that having the best presidential candidate does not mean a thing.
Get ready for a tidal wave of personal and political attacks with something for everyone. For the fearful, there will be terrifying images of Iran Gone Wild. For the religious faithful, Obama will be called a Muslim, which he never was, and pilloried for having attended the wrong church back home.
For the gullible, the newspaper columnists and TV talking heads will question his patriotism for not thumping his chest hard enough and wearing the right patriotic jewelry. For the greedy, the GOP will promise us that one more millionaire tax cut will be the one that finally stimulates the economy.
For Republican strategists like Karl Rove and his well-heeled sponsors, the motto is "Never stop attacking and never apologize." Here it comes again. Instead of cheering, Democrats and independents should be preparing for the fight of a lifetime.
Scott Cochran, Tampa
As the facts slid, so did Clinton | June 3, story
Who has more mistakes?
I read Bill Adair's subjective "dissection" of Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign and I was puzzled by the fact he deigned to include three sentences about Sen. Barack Obama having been caught by PolitiFact in 13 mistakes vs. Clinton's nine.
There is flawed logic and a lack of objectivity in his lengthy analysis and conclusions if he dismisses Obama's mistakes. When may we expect a similar in-depth analysis of Obama's political mistakes?
Charlotte Kayavas, Dunnellon
Despite uproar, Obama story checks out
May 30, PolitiFact
Measuring fitness to lead
What a long explanation of Barack Obama's story of a relative's helping liberate a Holocaust camp during World War II! True or not true? It was finally found to be essentially accurate.
What I find richly ironic is the statement from Republican National Committee secretary Alex Conant who, after, solemnly taking notice of the mistaken identification of the camp, concludes that this latest of Obama's " 'frequent exaggerations' raised questions about his readiness to lead as commander in chief."
One wants to laugh (bitterly) at this, remembering the gross deceptions of the present administration and the almost unbelievable harm these have caused the country — grief, wasted lives, wasted resources, the hopeless horror of a war going nowhere, and its price. Who is fit to be the next "commander in chief"? And what would make him so? A flag pin?
Abigail Ann Martin, Brandon
Clinton voters are crucial | June 2, analysis
The Clinton mess
Yes, Hillary Clinton's supporters are crucial moving forward. Barack Obama does have much work to do, but why? Because he has to clean up the mess left by Clinton and the media. Clinton unabashedly pushed the "woman for president" button and moved the nomination metrics beyond reason.
Obama has to clean up for the media that sliced and diced all women's support beyond reason. To say that the Obama campaign underestimated the power of support for Clinton is wrong. What they may have underestimated is the depth to which Clinton would sink to get the nomination.
All that aside, I would encourage every woman to research John McCain, specifically his view of Roe vs. Wade, before casting her vote. The differences we face between the Democratic candidates we love are nothing compared to the poor offerings by Sen. John McCain and the Republicans this fall.
Kathy Ferguson, St. Petersburg
Think before voting
How can a woman who is prochoice consider voting for a Republican president? It is likely that the next president will name one or more justices to the Supreme Court. A Republican president will name a conservative, and the new conservative majority will overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Prochoice women should think carefully before they vote in November.
Sol Helfand, New Port Richey
A political achievement for all America
June 5, editorial
Look beyond race
Your editorial stressing Sen. Barack Obama's blackness is to me the exact stuff we do not need now. The country needs a president who can lead us out of the morass that the present president has dragged us into. Whether the future president is a black man, white woman or a former POW should be the least of our concerns.
The only concern should be whether the person is a good leader and has creative ideas to move the country back in the right direction. Our situation is such that anything less will lead to a continued decline of our status as a leader in the world, and create a nation that cannot adequately care for the needs of its own citizens.
Rene Tamargo, Tampa