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HOWARD ZINN – MARXIST INSPIRED HISTORIAN

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

 

The following letters to the editor appeared in the Wall Street Journal in response to an article that was published in the WSJ on August 13 regarding Marxist inspired historian Howard Zinn whose published work, A People’s History of the United States, was widely recommended reading in our universities since the 1980s.   Scroll down to read the original August 13 article.    Nancy

The Wall Street Journal

A Bleak View of America From the Wilderness of Zinn

Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the U.S.” is a left-wing view. It shouldn’t be the only one students read.

Regarding David J. Bobb’s “Howard Zinn and the Art of Anti-Americanism” (op-ed, Aug. 13): News flash! Howard Zinn was a socialist and his books are leftist. Since when are educated people, including students, not supposed to read stuff that they may not or even should not agree with? Young people of all political persuasions should read “The Communist Manifesto,” “Mein Kampf,” “The Conscience of a Conservative” and “God and Man at Yale.” How else can we expect students to develop the capacity to think and reason critically?

Left-wing and right-wing dictatorships censor and control what people are allowed to read because that is the most effective way to prevent the ability to question or even think about questioning the government. David Bobb’s opinion piece would have delighted Zinn himself, for it gives credence to the fact that the “paranoid style” in American politics is still alive and well.

Allan A Bloom

Raleigh, N.C.

Zinn’s acceptance of accolades from the university “owned” by one of history’s worst serial human-rights abusers is interesting. It would have been refreshing if Zinn, after being awarded his doctorate at the University of Havana, had decided to stay in Cuba and write a revisionist (i.e., truthful) history of Fidel Castro’s Marxist regime and its effect on the Cuban people, and what Marxism had “accomplished” in Cuba. Perhaps languishing in a Cuban prison with real political dissenters for a few years would have helped Zinn appreciate the “beastly” American system, with all its faults, somewhat more favorably.

Zinn obviously chose the more comfortable decision to criticize the U.S., where his free speech wasn’t punishable by imprisonment, and his philosophy would be feted by our current crop of movers and shakers. Typical.

Richard T. Groff Jr.

Huntersville, N.C.

How long can a successful nation long endure an endless diatribe of self-hate, coming from an intelligent, committed, yet misery-loving minority, which has ironically succeeded in achieving an active following of equally committed elites, particularly among academia, the media and Hollywood? How long will the good, the brave and productive of this country be willing to sit quietly and watch the damage being done in the false narrative of social justice, before they say: “Enough”?

Jim Farr

Sarasota, Fla. (more…)

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TEXAS KEEPS ITS LAND OUT OF FEDERAL CONTROL

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

WALL STREET JOURNAL

LETTER TO THE EDITOR   JANUARY 25, 2012

Roger A. Keats has it right in his letter of Jan. 14 (“Protecting the Election of Democrats”) when he describes how a minority-Anglo Texas has ruffled the national Democratic Party. In my 49-year stint as a resident in Texas, I witnessed a 100% Democratic state in the 1950s change to one of the reddest of red states today. Among other states, its economy and job creation are beyond comparison. It has become the absolute opposite of California; it does not need nor require a state income tax; and it pays for a substantial homestead exemption on resident and senior-citizen property taxes.

It appears that Sam Houston had it right in his negotiations with the U.S. Congress over the 1845 Treaty of Annexation when he reportedly said in essence that Texas is going to keep ownership of its public lands or we are not going to join, thus laying the groundwork for its economy to become unique among the 50 states. Texas doesn’t have a significant share of its area under federal control, as many other states do, and it is able to profit from royalties on state lands on which it encourages development.

Fred Humke

Bailey, Colo.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – WSJ – RE MORT ZUCKERMAN OP-ED

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – WALL STREET JOURNAL, OCTOBER 19, 2011 REGARDING THE OP-ED THAT MORT ZUCKERMAN WROTE ON OCTOBER 15, 2011,  ENTITLED “THE EXASPERATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC BILLIONAIRE”.   THE ARTICLE WAS POSTED ON THIS SITE ON OCTOBER 16.

Baton Rouge, La.

Mr. Zuckerman seems surprised that President Obama has not reached out to the congressional leadership and forged relationships in a bipartisan manner. Mr. Zuckerman is forgetting President Obama’s history. Community organizers are not known for building trust and friendship with business owners and government officials. Organizers’ tactics are more of confrontation, intimidation and division. When community organizers confronted bankers to open home loans to unqualified minorities, they did not reach out in a friendly, compromising fashion. They demonstrated and lobbied aggressively to get lending laws changed to provide “social justice” for the oppressed.

When the White House demonizes the “millionaires and billionaires” while subtly encouraging the Wall Street occupiers, or berates obstinate Republicans while demanding passage of a “jobs bill” for which there is bipartisan distaste, it shows a consistency of tactics which intelligent people like Mr. Zuckerman should have expected.

Steve Tanberg

Denver

I don’t believe Mr. Zuckerman would have for a minute appointed a person with Barack Obama’s lack of experience or lack of important leadership accomplishments to head any of his firms or departments. Yet, for whatever reasons, he helped elect him to the most important leadership post in the world. Now, apparently surprised, he looks back and thinks what went wrong? Mr. Zuckerman and many of his friends need to look in their mirrors.

Cliff Ourso

Sun City West, Ariz.

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HOW LIBERALS HAVE CHANGED OUR COUNTRY

Monday, July 18th, 2011
THE WASHINGTON TIMES NATIONAL WEEKLY EDITION

July 4, 2011

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

by Marvin L. Hoovis, Centerville, Massachusetts

THEY’VE COMPLETELY CHANGED THE COUNTRY IN THE PAST 40 YEARS
The far-left liberal progressives must be awed and encouraged by their success in achieving many of their desired agenda changes over recent decades.  They have support from many media outlets with ownership and staff sharing their views.   Major gains have been accomplished under the leadership of a very liberal president, Barack Obama, and the Democrat-controlled Senate and House prior to the Republicans taking control of the House in January 2011.
The liberals control education, their teachers have influenced our young with their partisan political approaches, and the judges who decide cases on their sensitivities and not the Constitution or the law, have made major contributions to the liberal causes.  The agenda items are really designed by and for the benefit of a small minority.   Our country was founded on and continues to believe that everyone is entitled to speak out and make their case.   It does not follow that the majority has to give up all its rights and benefits just to please the minorities.
The liberals with their huge media support advantage are trying to make the moderates and conservatives accept their premises.  The changes the liberals have achieved over the past decades have put our economy at risk, diminished the ability to use our natural energy resources, weakened our military and threaten every aspect of business practices and consumer rights and freedoms of choices.  The silent majority should not only speak out now, but take action against the liberals  This can be accomplished by voting to replace these people.
Marvin L. Hoovis
Centerville, Massachusetts
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – BOEING EXPANSION IN SOUTH CAROLINA IS A SMART MOVE

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
The Wall Street Journal

  • JUNE 30, 2011

Teddie E. Pryor Sr. Chairman , Charleston County Council, Charleston, S.C.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., Charleston, S.C.

Mayor R. Keith Summey, North Charleston, S.C.

Mayor Billy Swails, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

  • We find Thomas Geoghegan’s “Boeing’s Threat to American Enterprise” (op-ed, June 20) astounding in its ignorance toward our manufacturing statistics and we find statements like “poorly educated and low-skilled workers” insulting.

Boeing made a well-informed, private business decision in locating its second 787 assembly line to North Charleston, S.C. The company weighed multiple business factors, but the bottom line was simple: keep the company globally competitive. Boeing’s confidence in our work force is well-founded.

Although Mr. Geoghegan refers to our labor force as “poorly educated and low-skilled workers,” experienced aerospace workers are coming from Puget Sound, from across the aerospace-intensive Southeast and from other national aerospace labor sheds. Local manufacturing workers with previous experience are also being hired following their graduation from an intensive, customized Boeing training curriculum offered by the state of South Carolina.

South Carolina is rapidly growing its manufacturing sector and leads the U.S. in the number of jobs recruited from international firms per capita, according to the Financial Times. (more…)

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ROMNEY RESPONDS TO HEALTH-CARE CRITICISM

Saturday, May 14th, 2011
The Wall Street Journal

  • MAY 13, 2011
  • I was not surprised to read yet another editorial in the Journal yesterday criticizing the health-care reforms we enacted in Massachusetts (“Obama’s Running Mate,” May 12). I was, however, not expecting the distortions of what we accomplished. Let me deal with some of them.

One, the editorial asserts that people in Massachusetts who wouldn’t buy coverage, even though they could afford it, was not a major fiscal problem. But as a state we were spending almost $1 billion on free care for the uninsured. What we did was convert that money into premium support for those who needed help buying a policy, and require those uninsured who could afford to buy coverage to take personal responsibility for their own health care. Two, while it’s true that insurance premiums in Massachusetts are among the highest in the nation, that was also the case before reform. A truer statement would be that getting everyone insured is not by itself enough to bring down the costs of health care. And finally, it is simply wrong to say that state spending on health care in Massachusetts has skyrocketed. The cost of the health-care plan to the state budget is “relatively modest” and well within projections, according to the independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. They conclude that the new state spending on reform has amounted to less than 1% of the state budget each year.

While I have had my disagreements with the Journal’s editorial board, where we find common ground is on the need to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with reforms that empower states to craft their own solutions. A one-size-fits-all plan that raises taxes and ignores the very real differences between states is the wrong course for our nation.

Mitt Romney

Belmont, Mass.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – BORDER IS LESS SAFE THAN REPORTED

Thursday, April 14th, 2011
The Wall Street Journal

  • APRIL 12, 2011
  • Regarding “The Southwest Border Is Open for Business” by Janet Napolitano and Gary Locke (op-ed, April 4): As a representative from a border district in New Mexico, I must take issue with claims by Secretaries Locke and Napolitano that things on the border are not as bad as they seem.

The border situation is not something easily understood through statistics. It is far more easily seen in the fear in people’s eyes. A constituent who lives 20 miles from the border in the boot heel of New Mexico said that although there are more Border Patrol vehicles in southern New Mexico than in years past, the bulk of them are patrolling along Highway 9, some 50 miles from the actual border in some areas. Stunningly, Secretaries Napolitano and Locke did not mention the murder of Robert Krentz, a rancher from rural Arizona, or the recent murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Wearing rose-colored glasses will not change the fact that our government is failing us.

Just last week, a southbound van was stopped at a border checkpoint with 148 AK-47 magazines and 6,000 rounds of ammunition. Secretaries Napolitano and Locke will point to such an event and claim that the situation is improving because border agents stopped the truck. I look at such an event and wonder how many trucks we didn’t stop. If our borders are really as secure as Ms. Napolitano and Mr. Locke claim, then no smuggler would be so bold as to use our highways to carry weapons by the score straight through our checkpoints.

While those in Washington want to talk about “the progress we’ve made over the past two years,” I don’t have that luxury. As long as I see fear in the eyes of my constituents, I will hold our leaders to a higher standard.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R., N.M.)

Hobbs, N.M.

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A LETTER FROM WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIRMAN, JOHN TEDESCO

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This communication was sent to editors of the N&O by me. I have yet to see them print it and I do kindly appreciate your consideration of sharing it with your members and friends.    Thank you,   John Tedesco

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Moving Forward for our children

Looking back on this past year presents many successes and opportunities to grow.  While not usually shown in the media, the Wake County School Board has produced measurable gains in several key areas. The many positive things accomplished in our first year may have been easily missed; many accomplishments of which we can be proud.

Often our Board is portrayed as being 5-4 with a great chaos and divide, but in reality I believe that more than 80% of the literally hundreds of votes we have taken have not been 5-4. This would include many substantive issues. Proudly we voted to recommend that the General Assembly lift the cap on charter schools, we tightened budgets, cut administrative overhead, and protected classroom teachers.  None of these votes were 5-4.

Admittedly, there are some 5-4 votes on matters of strong debate, and as we represent different districts with broad values it can be expected. In the recent State of the Union, the President noted, “The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands.”   I agree. (more…)

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SARAH PALIN’S LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Friday, November 19th, 2010
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • ‘Refudiation’ of $600 Billion

    Printed Out of Thin Air

        • While on a United Airlines flight from New York City to Los Angeles this week, a fellow passenger handed me a copy of the The Wall Street Journal Nov. 15 op-ed by Alan Blinder—”In Defense of Ben Bernanke“—and suggested that I write a letter to the editor if I disagreed with the Princeton University professor’s claims. Having read the piece, I told the passenger over my shoulder, “You bet I will.”

      Prof. Blinder seems blind to the clear and present dangers of QE2. Instead of seriously discussing these dangers, he takes us on an excursion to a Keynesian utopia, a mythical land in which endless government spending is an amazingly effective job creator and investors’ confidence in U.S. Treasury bonds somehow increases as we sink ever deeper into debt while the Fed has its printing presses working overtime.

      Here are some cold, hard facts from the real world: The first is the 8.7% 2012 unemployment rate predicted by the Survey of Professional Forecasters of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. It seems the Obama administration’s record spending binge won’t result in job creation, but in unacceptably high long-term unemployment. The second fact is that long-term interest rates have actually gone up following the Fed’s recent QE2 announcement. The markets took one look at the Fed’s pump-priming plans and decided they had to increase interest rates—probably in order to compensate for the expected rise in inflation.

      None of this should come as a surprise. Blinders off, common sense engaged, it’s time for us to “refudiate” the notion that this dangerous experiment in printing $600 billion out of thin air, with nothing to back it up, will magically fix economic problems that were caused in large part by the government’s interfering with our free market system in the first place, and then made worse by the government’s reckless spending experiments with our children’s fiscal future. Instead of the tired, old Keynesian ideas behind Obamanomics, we need to turn to time-tested practices that are pro-free market rather than pro-big government. Some call this “free-market populism.” It’s based on the realization that the best way to get the economy moving again is to get government out of the way, let the free market dictate winners and losers, and allow the private sector to grow our economy one job, one paycheck and one American dream at a time. It’s the only way we can restore much needed confidence and certainty in our economy. This is the only way we will all be able to soar from New York to Los Angeles and throughout the heartland.

      Sarah Palin

      Wasilla, Alaska

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      CATHY WRIGHT, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR N.C. HOUSE, DISTRICT 54

      Thursday, October 7th, 2010

      THREE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FOR CATHY WRIGHT, Republican candidate for North Carolina House of Representatives, District 54
      October 6, 2010  Published in the Sun Herald, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

      Voters in N.C. House District 54 have the opportunity to vote for real change in this election with a vote for Republican Cathy Wright, who wants to stop inefficient and extravagant spending of our hard-earned tax dollars.

      Democrats have been using federal stimulus money, one-time revenue sources and temporary taxes to prop up our state budget. Last year in the middle of a recession and one of the largest budget deficits in state history, Cathy’s opponent, liberal, 30-year career legislator Joe Hackney, introduced $1.1 billion in new taxes and fees in order to help balance their budget.

      The Democrats’ “tax-and-spend” mentality has finally caught up with them and they have nowhere to go but tax more so they cover all their spending. To make matters worse, next year North Carolina is facing a $3.2 billion deficit. Permanent cuts in “out-of-control spending” have to be proposed to get our budget back in balance, and Cathy Wright supports policies for a more sustainable level of state spending, and encouraging job creation by lowering taxes to energize our businesses and our economy.

      A vote for Cathy Wright is a vote for North Carolina’s future prosperity!

      Nancy Clark

      Chapel Hill

      Cathy Wright will battle high taxation

      Cathy Wright, candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives District 54, will make our district and state a better place to live and to conduct business. For example:

      (1) North Carolina has the highest taxes in the Southeast, so what incentives exist for business to want to relocate here or for entrepreneurs to start a business and to hire people to cut our high unemployment rate? High taxes and out-of-control spending need significant cuts.

      (2) Communities and properties are subject to annexation by municipalities — even across county borders and without a vote — because of an antiquated statute that needs to be revoked. City taxes are then added to the extant county and state taxes.

      (3) Cathy’s husband served in the Navy and her son is a USAF F-22 fighter pilot; she knows “first hand” the sacrifices and hardships experienced by our approximately 800,000 in-state armed forces’ members, veterans and families with our ongoing wars against terrorism. She wants them to have a voice in Raleigh and to be treated properly and with respect for their dedication to duty and service in defending our country.

      (4) Cathy is a licensed nurse and knows our health care issues and how we can make the best medical system in the world even better and more cost effective and not through state- or federal-directed mandates. Because Cathy will address issues such as (1) through (4) and is not a career politician, I hope you will join me in voting for her.

      Emmett Stobbs, COL(R), U.S. Army

      Durham

      Wright knows what changes need made

      Two wrongs don’t make a right, but one Wright does. The two wrongs that we have had imposed on us by our state government are escalated spending and soaring taxes. In fact, our liberal legislators introduced $1.1 billion in new taxes and fees in order to help balance their 2009-2010 budget rather than living within their means and making necessary spending reductions.

      Cathy Wright, candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives District 54, has the background and experience to make the right changes in our government that will bring us prosperity and hope for the future.

      Cathy supports the right policies that will set the stage for strong economic growth and a more viable strategy for job creation through more competitive tax rates, a more sustainable level of state spending, and fewer regulatory roadblocks for new and expanding business.

      On Nov. 2 (or as early as Oct. 14) be right and vote Cathy Wright for the House.

      Paul Corry

      Chapel Hill

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