Remind Obama of the rest of the Declaration

In his inaugural address, the Community Organizer in Chief spoke about liberty, freedom and the principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence. Socialism and Karl Marx's 10 planks of communism are nowhere to be found there, though President Obama pursues these policies to the detriment of the U.S. economy.

Based on his demonstrated economic illiteracy, perhaps it's because he does not know any better. But if the destruction is intentional, I'd like to remind the COC of the rest of the Declaration:

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

David Mugan


Include Hollywood in multifaceted approach to violence

Re: "Let's slap Hollywood with a Violence-Added Tax," From Readers, Jan. 20

Iagree with the notion of taxing Hollywood for the kind of ultra-violent trash they regularly put out as "movies". Can you imagine the marketing geniuses thinking that releasing "Django Unchained" on Christmas Day -- the day on which many celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace -- was a great idea in light of the Newtown, Conn., slaughter? But they did.

Let's see if the Senate puts this on their menu of options to stem violence as they have with gun control measures, which I personally support, earmarking the revenue only for mental health programs [for] school-aged kids.

But somehow I doubt it. For some reason, most political types in my hometown love to rub elbows with the Hollywood shakers and bakers. Remember 20 years ago, when Tipper Gore and Susan Baker tried to do something and suffered abuse by those who make movies as well as the media? And they were bipartisan!

Most of the folks I know, especially parents, agree that if we are to do anything worthy in light of Newtown, it needs to be a multifaceted approach. Otherwise, we are wasting our time.

Frank Ceresi


GSA manager reminds me of Pelosi

Re: "Feds want to swap 7 acres of Pennsylvania Avenue for FBI's suburban digs," Jan. 17

The statement by Mack Gaither, the GSA's project manager, that "Obviously, some will not fit, but we'll figure that out [later]", is somewhat similar to the remark made by our illustrious former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she was pontificating about the new Obama health care legislation: "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it."


Bernard Helinski


Just give D.C. back to Maryland

Re: "Obama agrees to use D.C. 'taxation' license plates," Jan. 15

The simple answer to D.C.'s issue of "taxation without representation" is to make the District a city of Maryland.

It's too small to be a state, and Maryland is where a large part of the District's land came from in the first place.

Rick Feura