I'm voting for Obama this time around

Re: "To believe Obama is to forget the last four years," Editorial, Oct. 1

Four years ago, I did not vote for President Obama. My choice for president was not on the ballot.

I wasn't sure if I was going to vote this time around, but after watching the infamous Romney video that talks about the 47 percent, I decided that I'm voting for President Obama. I'm not one of the 47 percent, but I know people who are, and I'm sure they are going to use their percentage to give Obama another four years.

As much as I don't think Obama fulfilled most of the promises he made four years ago, he did fulfill some of them. And some is better than none, especially in Washington, where getting anything done is wishful thinking.

While I don't think the last four years were that great, I also don't think Mitt Romney will do any better. Romney will say whatever he needs to say to get elected. At least President Obama has a dream, even though not all of his dreams have come true. But when does that ever happen in Washington, especially on the Hill, which is more likely to give your nightmares?

I don't know if President Obama is going to fulfill his promises if re-elected, but at least he has a plan to move the nation forward. I'll take that over Romney's vague words.

Gilbert Mahi


Obama's 'friends' tell us what to expect in 2nd term

Re: "Hugo Chavez says he'd vote for Obama," Oct. 1

The Washington Examiner reports that Venezuela President Hugo Chavez supports President Obama, who he believes is a "good guy" who'd probably "vote for Chavez" in return.

Chavez isn't alone. According to CNN, 92 percent of the French, 89 percent of the Germans, 73 percent of the British, and 66 percent of the Japanese also want to see Obama re-elected.

There's an old saying: "Show me your friends and I'll show you your future." Well, the Japanese economy has been stagnant for two decades; England has slipped into a double-dip recession; the German unemployment rate has averaged 9.5 percent since 1991; France's undercapitalized banking system is teetering on the brink of collapse as the newly-elected Socialist government is raising the highest marginal income tax to 75 percent; and Chavez is a dictator who has aggressively suppressed any political opposition.

Their collective support doesn't portend well for what America would look like after two Obama terms.

Bob Foys

Chicago, Ill.

End U.S. involvement in Afghanistan

Re: "Afghan forces also suffer from insider attacks," Sept. 30

If U.S. and Afghan tension is high enough to cause this sort of horrific incident, maybe it's time to reanalyze our strategy.

Officials write it off as a misunderstanding, but the growing trend reveals a deeper distrust between U.S., NATO and Afghan forces. It is likely that each successive event will only serve to build more distrust, possibly resulting in an increased number of deaths on all sides.

After 11 years, I believe the only sensible thing to do is to cut the cord andask the Afghan soldiers to stand on their own.

Dylan Sclater