Christie was right to praise the feds

Re: "GOP concerned Christie is throwing Obama a political lifeline," Nov. 1

I am not a supporter of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but how can the GOP criticize him for doing the right thing for the people of New Jersey? This is despicable.

I commend the governor for taking control and coordinating all the events surrounding Superstorm Sandy, which wreaked havoc on his state, and for praising the federal government's help in coping with the disaster, saying the job done by the president was "outstanding" and "wonderful."

Hurricane Sandy is the third-most-damaging storm, second only to Andrew and Katrina. Have Republicans no heart, knowing that Sandy destroyed the Jersey Shore and most of Hoboken, with a population of about 50,000 people, most of whom lost their houses and vehicles?

Many people across the state suffered the same fate. Besides crippling the local economy, some people even lost their lives. With this kind of partisan behavior, it's no wonder the federal budget cannot be balanced.

Cargill Kelly

Manassas

Commissioners sugarcoat hate speech

Re: "Montgomery commission calls controversial Metro ads 'hateful,' " Oct. 31

In their response to the ads in which Muslims are referred to as "savages," the Montgomery County human rights commissioners erroneously claim that the judge who ruled on the case indicated the ads were "protected political speech."But Judge Rosemary Collyer's actual ruling explicitly and repeatedly said that the ad was protected "hate speech."

While adjectives like "demeaning" and "offensive" and even "hateful" are relevant, the term "hate speech" is recognized nomenclature that denotes racially motivated underpinnings that go beyond merely saying the statement was just plain mean.In addition to the judge using this term, "hate speech" was referenced by the county executive in his statement and most recently the term was officially designated as the classification by the Montgomery County Police Department in its incident case report on the ads.

While it was certainly the commissioners' prerogative to choose among themselves to downplay the racist nature of the ads, it was misleading for them to state that the judge similarly fell short in her rendering.

Susan Kerin

Derwood

GOP is not a 'pretend party' -- even in D.C.

Re: "Impotent D.C. GOP needs change at the top," Oct. 30

As a D.C. Republican running for the U.S. Senate, I challenge Harry Jaffe's characterization that I am a candidate for "a pretend office for a pretend party."

The theme of my campaign is "No Vote -No Tax." District residents should be exempt from paying federal income taxes, like Puerto Rico and the territories, until Congress finds the will and means to give us voting members of Congress. Our local Republican Party platform endorses this proposal, which has been introduced and co-sponsored by Republicans in the House of Representatives.

In the past, Jaffe has been an outspoken supporter of my platform.His April 17, 2009, Examiner column advocated that D.C.'s political and civic establishment adopt the same campaign to bring attention to our discriminatory disenfranchisement.

In two prior Congresses, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced "No Vote -No Tax" legislation, drawing as many as 130 Democratic co-sponsors, including the entire Democratic leadership.Now that Republicans have introduced No Taxation Without Representation bills, she refuses to co-sponsor, despite appeals from my campaign to do so.

When the Rev. Jesse Jackson successfully ran for the office I now seek, he endorsed a "No Vote - No Tax" platform, which as been the position of our local government since its passage in 1994.

Although Republicans are under-represented in D.C., surely Mr. Jaffe is aware that they already hold the majority in the House, and could take the presidency and the Senate following next week's election. Mine is therefore neither a "pretend"office nor a "pretend"party.In fact, I assert that sending a Republican to Congress to represent the District's quest for voting rights is perhaps the most effective step it could take to advance our cause.

Nelson Rimensnyder

Washington