Letters to the editor

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Tea Party members accept inflammatory viewpoints

Tea Party leaders claim their members are informed. How can that be when they blindly accept inflammatory viewpoints of lying Limbaugh, hyperbolic Hannity and bloviating Beck – all of whom only incite their listeners?

Tea Party leaders further claim their members are not racist.  Apparently, some of them are.  All one has to do is access online sites to view the racist posters from rallies across the country.

Furthermore, many citizens believe that the only reason some Tea Party people dislike President Obama is because of his skin color.

The real obstructionists to our country moving forward are the Tea Party-backed Republican members of Congress.  They control the Republican Party with their extremist outlook.

Here is a list of some (or former) Republican politicians who have enjoyed Tea Party support:

Joe Walsh.  He owes $100,000 in child support.  Walsh also accused political opponent Tammy Duckworth, double amputee from the Iraq War, of not being a “true hero.”

Michele Bachmann.  She and husband Marcus own a Christian counseling center.  They believe gays and lesbians can be “cured” through reparative therapy.  She also implied that young girls given the HPV vaccine, mandated by Texas governor Rick Perry, could suffer mental retardation.

Rick Perry.  He claims Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.  Perry’s family owns a hunting camp which had a rock on which was painted the N-word.

Jan Brewer.  She passed Arizona’s profiling law which discriminates against Mexicans.  She also passed a law which equates the Tea Party flag to the American flag.

Newt Gingrich.  As a consultant for Freddie Mac, he received $1.6 million and then denied that he was a consultant.

Sarah Palin.  She lied about “death panels” concerning national health care.  After the health care bill passed, she tweeted the violent word “Reload” to her supporters.

Rick Santorum.  He advocates a ban on same-sex marriage.  He also is against birth control.

Ron Paul.  He wrote incendiary, racist comments in newsletters.

Herman Cain.  His 9-9-9 tax plan favored the rich – as if they need any more help.

The list goes on and on:  Eric Cantor, Nikki Haley, Scott Walker, etc.  They all cater to extreme right wingers with their wild ideas and flame-throwing comments.  The more extreme the better for that is how they hope to get elected or to remain in office and that is how they can continue to obstruct  President Obama.  How is it that supposedly educated, thinking citizens could have voted for any of these politicians?

Joseph Hajny

Cuts would be devastating to those with Parkinson’s

As Congress works on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget and the threat of sequestration looms, I urge Rep. Aaron Shock and Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to support not cutting biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health.  

Sequestration could result in an 8 percent cut to the NIH budget, which means 25 percent of the National Institutes of Health 2013 research grants will lose funding. With 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease, these cuts would be devastating to those living with Parkinson’s  here in Central Illinois.  

NIH needs $32 billion in FY 2013 to continue research toward much-needed treatments for people here in central Illinois that live with Parkinson’s and those with other chronic diseases.  These cuts could also result in a loss of 8 million dollars for Illinois, which may have a devastating impact on the local economy.  NIH research funding is an investment in our country’s future, and I will be watching for our congressional delegation’s leadership on this issue.

Roger Halleen

Parkinson’s Action Network, Illinois State Director

East Peoria