Lie of the year | Dec. 20, PolitiFact
Truth is a casualty of U.S. politics
There is a saying from the Indian subcontinent the points out the truth: "Children have lice on their head, but when they grow up to be politicians, they have lies on their tongue."
PolitiFact documents the universality of this observation by itemizing the 10 top political lies of the year. What is amazing is that most of the politicians whose pictures appear on the front page as liars are members of the Republican Party, who invite the public to join them to protect the sacred values of the republic!
It is said that truth is the first casualty of war. It seems as if that observation is also accurate about politics. When liars claim to be the representatives of "we, the people," is it not time for us to throw every one of them out during the next election, unless as a nation we take pride in being represented by liars, crooks and those who seem to suffer from memory loss as a political ploy?
If integrity is not the prime virtue of our nation, how are we expected to be a shining city on the hill — the great last hope for the world, as we claim we are? Is not the holiday season a time for self-reflection, humility and repentence — or is that also too much to expect of politicians?
V. Abraham Kurien, New Port Richey
Rationing is coming
Your article on the "lie of the year" is the biggest lie of the year.
Any time anything comes between a patient and his or her doctor, a death panel is established. All existing socialized medical systems have panels or committees that determine if specific patients should receive specific treatments. England's system calculates the worth of the patient to determine if the patient should receive treatment.
And yes, no matter how you cut it, Obama Care will also have a "death panel." It is an essential part of socialized medicine. These systems cause the demand for service to far exceed the resources available to meet them. Therefore rationing becomes necessary, requiring a "death panel" to determine who will receive service.
If you use common sense and if you are honest, you know that rationing will be required as part of Obama Care. No amount of compassion can change that. When rationing occurs, someone will be allowed to die.
Wayne Bishop, Oldsmar
Pay for play
Lie of the year? Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.: "My vote cannot be bought."
Nancy Ayers, Belleair Beach
Lie of the year | Dec. 20, PolitiFact
Finally calling a lie
by its true name
Congratulations! The St. Petersburg Times has finally used the L-word! After a year of PolitiFact.com fact-checking, you are finally calling lies by their real name.
Perhaps the days of "it's just a difference of opinion" or "it depends on your point of view" are over, and we can stop letting politicians and pundits repeat lies until people start to believe them.
Please keep it up! Maybe some day, when you rate a statement "Pants on Fire," you'll call the person who said it by the name that starts that children's chant: "Liar! Liar!"
Eric Buchter, Tampa
I enjoyed your article about lies in Sunday's paper.
Here are a few more:
There will be no lobbyists in my administration.
I will remove all pork from any bill before I sign it.
I will not sign any bill that raises the debt.
There will be complete transparency in this administration.
All were promises made by President Barack Obama.
William Austin, Weeki Wachee
There was a time when kids weren't coddled | Dec. 16, LifeTimes story
Encouragement of the young matters
While I generally agree with Dr. John Rosemond's approach to disciplining children, he was completely irresponsible in his commentary regarding his perceived injustice of telling a child that he or she can be anything he or she wants to be in life.
I grew up in New York with good parents in a lower middle class lifestyle. My father was a clerk for more than 40 years with an insurance company in Manhattan.
While my mother's brother became a lawyer, no one else in our entire family tree (third-generation immigrants) had achieved any form of professional status. And not one had served in the military.
While I graduated from high school in the upper third of my class, there was no money to go to college. Nor did I want to, because my only love was auto mechanics. No one ever told me I could be anything more than a mechanic. But to get the training I needed and mix a little adventure with it, I joined the Navy.
A few years later, as a jet engine mechanic in a helicopter squadron, I was encouraged to apply to be a pilot. "You can do it," they told me.
Realizing that I could be something special in life was an epiphany. It took several tries, but eventually I was accepted, and I graduated at the top of my class as a fighter jet pilot and naval officer.
Later I went on to graduate from college summa cum laude. None of it took any special skill, just pure effort.
Yes, many professions require extraordinary physical skills, but the vast majority do not. They just require determination and sacrifice.
Ingrained in my heart, not only from what I have accomplished, but from observing what people far less enthusiastic than I have accomplished, is this simple fact: In this wonderful country, if you want something bad enough, and are willing to work and sacrifice and do whatever it takes, you can be (except, of course, for those few with physical limitations) anything you want to be.
So, Dr. Rosemond, you did the youth of our country a huge disservice by discouraging encouragement.As for me, I will continue to tell my grandchildren that within reason, "Go for it!"
Peter Munro, Odessa