Boring debate won't make much difference in election

Re: "Romney rises to the occasion, thumps Obama," Editorial, Oct. 5

I foundthepresidentialdebatetobeextremelyboring.Itwastorturetohear thesametritesoundbitesthe candidates havebeenspewingforalmosttwoyears.They lulledmeintoasoundsleep.

Howcananyonebeswayedbysuchauselessspectacle?Almostevery voterhasalreadydecidedwhotheywill votefor in November, although I hope not too many Americans base their decision on the candidates' debating skills or how they look and dress. This is not a Hollywood production.

Politicianspromiseeverythingto everyone. The functionofapresidentistocarryoutlawspassedbyCongress, so how caneitheroneofthesecandidatescreate jobs?Theycannot,butpresidentscan and do get us into wars and illegallymodifyourlawsbyexecutive orderandnooneseemstoprotest.

Iwanta chief executivewho canrunourcountry, follow the laws,andnotmakeuslookfoolishoraweak abroad.Which one of you comes closest to qualifying for the job?

Murray Katz

Silver Spring

Obama missed chance to defend free speech

Re: "The growing stench of Obama's Libya cover-up," Editorial, Sept. 29

In President Obama's handling of the Libya debacle, his administration at first blamed the incident on a movietrailer that depicted the prophet Muhammad in an unfavorable light instead of al Qaeda. But he only raised the public profile of the movie while placing one of our core values, freedom of speech, in the cross hairs.

Obama could have explained that our Constitution allows the promotion of unpopular or alternative ideas or even quoted the Quran:"Let there be no compulsion in religion." He could have argued that punishment for insulting a just and merciful God ultimately rests with the Almighty, not men. Instead, he chose to throw the weight of the U.S. government behind his condemnation of the film.

However, in doing so, he put Muslims in a bind.If the leader of an infidel nation whom many Muslims already suspect of being an apostate condemns the video, could any good Muslim do less?

Is it any wonder that some of the worst protests occurred in countries that the U.S. government advertised its objection to the film, or that Muslim leaders advocatedinternational laws to restrict criticism of any religion? Obama unwittingly gave the film story legs it might not have otherwise.

Alan Hawk

Monrovia, Md.

GOP is trying to block Ohio residents from voting

The Republican Party is forging a concerted campaign to suppress votes in Ohio and several other states by restricting early or extended voting hours. Their blatant efforts to limit access to minority, elderly and young voters may prove to be unconstitutional, if and when it gets to court. But by then the election will be over.

Their theory is that if you can't win by the number of votes your party can muster, you can win by reducing the number of votes that the other party gets. The thing that irritates me most is that they don't even try to conceal their bogus requirements for picture IDs and reduced voting hours with a good cover story.

I guess they believe that 47 percent of the population wouldn't notice these shenanigans, but we do.

John Kolego


Editor's Note: The Examiner's

Paul Bedard reported Thursday that "the GOP has closed the huge gap in absentee ballot requests used by early voters that favored the Democrats and the president in 2008."