Obama campaign plays class warfare card

Re: "GOP looks to make Mitt a regular guy." Aug. 28

The Obama campaign loves to portray Mitt Romney as a callous individual who cannot possibly relate to the rest of America. The president's supporters believe that simply because Romney is financially successful, his life has been a walk in the park.

But like every American, Romney has known suffering. The story of his wife's illness and their strength throughout the turmoil are inspiring. The two exude love and a quiet confidence despite the turbulence they have endured.

There is more to Romney than his impressive record as a politician and a businessman. The Democrats' little game of making Romney seem like an unfeeling, uncaring fat cat is silly, to say the least.

Stop with this class warfare nonsense that the rich care about nothing more than success and that they are divided from the rest of society's troubles. More than any other time in history, we need to realize that we are all in this together.

Matthew Mirliani


Most 'right-to-lifers' are scientifically ignorant

Re" "Akin's junk science on rape hurts GOP, pro-life cause," Editorial, Aug. 21

Your editorial insists that opponents of legal abortion are not motivated by misogyny or scientific ignorance, but by concern for protecting a nascent human life.Nothing could be further from true.

From its inception until today, the anti-abortion movement has primarily been a religious movement as the parochial school buses, religious symbols, etc. at any large "right-to-life" gathering attest.

"Right-to-life" denominations disallow women from the priesthood/ministry and relegate them to second-class status based on a selective reading of scripture prohibiting women from having authority over men, even while they ignore Genesis' definition of human life as beginning with the newborn's first independent breath.

In contrast, denominations that accord women equal status and allow them into the ministry on equal footing with men are almost invariably "pro-choice".

The vast majority of biologists and physicians, and their professional associations, reject the notion of human personhood beginning at conception.Although there are many intelligent, thoughtful "right-to-lifers," in the aggregate the movement is a vast collection of scientifically ignorant religious zealots.

Dino Drudi


Obama's 'recovery summers' hurt more than recession

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that household income dropped by 2.6 percent in the 18 months preceding the official end of the Great Recession in June 2009.

Since then --a period encompassing three "Recovery Summers" -- household income has dropped by an additional 4.8 percent. In other words, the recovery hit the average American household almost 85 percent harder than the recession itself.

Is this what President Obama's acolytes want when they chant "four more years"?

Bob Foys

Chicago, Ill.