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Letters to the editor, October 18

Discrimination alive

Thank you, Larry Beck, for the letter [DRC, Oct. 3] saying the complaint of religious discrimination by the Bible study group was without merit. Beck, in his effort to be fair, said he talked to Jeff Gilbert about the complaint and was advised the Bible study group was offered a back room in another building on another street away from the senior center to have its study.

Beck failed to mention that no other group of people was told they had to leave the comfort of the senior center.

Discrimination? Yes.

Beck also failed to mention or was not told by Gilbert that there was a contract between the senior center and the Bible study group for members to meet or hold their meetings there. A contract may be expressed or implied.

The Bible study group has held its meetings at the senior center for several years and has helped several people in time of need, including the writer.

Religious discrimination is very much alive in our country today. May God bless our country and our leaders.

Tillman E. Uland




Destructive practices

As we approach the Nov. 6 elections, we hear pleas and admonitions by extreme elements within the GOP asking voters to “use common sense” and question why anyone would “vote for admirers of Lenin, Trotsky and comrade Mao.”

Such appeals are aberrations of people not always connected to reality and who have short memories.

Common sense doesn’t mean we turn a blind eye to the policies of Bush/Cheney who relied on trickle-down economics, irresponsible deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthiest top tier to promote economic growth.

These measures over many years eventually brought the U.S. economy to its knees, placing millions out of work and creating the greatest income gap in our history between the 1 percent and everyone else. 

Now, we’re being sold a bill of goods that these same destructive practices under Romney/Ryan, in spades, will somehow miraculously work this time. They’re like Clinton characterized them: “We messed things up royally, and Obama hasn’t fixed it fast enough, so let us back in.”

When smugly asked if we are better off than we were four years ago, the answer is yes for millionaires, no for low-income workers and about the same for many in the middle class. This has evolved not in the last four years but over the last 30 through measures enacted by federal and state corporate-friendly legislatures who eliminate jobs in the public sector and send millions more overseas.

Let’s indeed hope that common sense is in place Nov. 6.

Larry Beck,




Shameless deed

Once again, Mitt Romney has shown that he will do anything, say anything and use anybody, even the dead, to get himself elected president.

Romney has said that he will no longer bring up Glen Doherty, a former Navy SEAL killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, in response to a complaint from Doherty’s mother.

Romney, while speaking to supporters in Iowa, recalled a chance encounter with the former Navy SEAL while attending a Christmas party in San Diego a few years ago. Romney said he met some remarkable people, one of whom was a former Navy SEAL. When he learned that he was one of two former Navy SEALs killed in Benghazi, Romney said, it broke his heart.

Romney didn’t provide Doherty’s name, but his campaign later confirmed his identity. Boston’s WHDH later reached out to Doherty’s mother, Barbara, to get her reaction.

She said she didn’t trust Romney and that he shouldn’t make her son’s death part of his political agenda. It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama.

Does Romney have no shame? You would think that he would have contacted Doherty’s family in advance.

However, I am not surprised at Romney’s actions, considering his recently revealed 47 percent speech where he declared that 47 percent of the voters are people who will not take responsibility for or care for themselves.

Harvey Layman,