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Letter: Robert Piat
Writer agrees to disagree
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Jim (Severt II, letter, “Romney’s past troubling,” May 14) I read your condemnation of Mitt Romney's intolerable personal behavior toward the blind and gay.
I, too, have done even what I consider worse, myself, as a young man many years ago which I can never lay to rest. Not a prank or practical joke as you have confessed to but blatant racism and unforgivable cruelty toward our elders.
Donnie (not his real name) and I were walking down the sidewalk as an old black man approached and we looked at each other and laughed. And when we pushed him off the curb into the street, we laughed some more.
I voted for President Obama in 2008 but this time I will not. His behavior is not racial or “gay bashing” in my mind. But what he has done to this country is very painful to me and I am sure to the thousands of poor families in America who lost their children or had them permanently disabled and deformed in wars that the president had promised to replace with diplomacy and not escalate and start others as he has done.
And then there are the many folks that Obama promised universal health care for who already are continuing to ration their medical care like food or gas with mom and dad trying to treat all kinds of their own injuries and infections and other illnesses any way they can at home because of the high premiums copays and deductables of health insurance companies. Those companies made campaign contributions in an effort to preserve the status quo have bestowed upon Americans that barely earn enough to get by.
These are the two biggest reasons why you can bad-mouth Romney all you want, but I will still vote against Obama, hoping once again that a fair-minded Democrat like you yourself appear to be will eventually come along and give all Americans just and equal health care, which is the basic foundation of any democracy in my book.
There are no pain fibers in hair, my good man, but there sure are in one’s heart. So you do what you planned to do in November, I’m sure; and I will do what I never dreamed I would have to do when Obama first campaigned for the presidency over four years ago.
Well-written and original as well, Severt. Keep writing and may we agree to disagree on this one.