Focus on ‘all’ issues, not just ‘women’s’ issues
June 24, 2014 12:39 AM | 651 views | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I am compelled to comment on last Tuesday’s Around Town column, in which “women’s issues” were the lead topic. Apparently nothing else of note was discussed at the June 14 11th District Congressional Runoff Debate, as your column’s focus is entirely on “women’s issues” and your contention that candidates Bob Barr and Barry Loudermilk inadequately answered two such questions posed by Randy Evans.

Our country’s unofficial motto since founding, which still appears on the Great Seal of the United States, is “E pluribus unum” — from many, one. Instead of following this principle, many politicians have been working overtime for years to segment the population into numerous sub-groups for the purpose of buying their votes through special interest legislation, tax breaks, etc. Unfortunately, some who should know better are following suit.

I am of the opinion that we don’t need to address just “women’s issues” any more than we should address “men’s issues,” or use the power of government to specially treat any segment of the population. I propose we return to policies and legislation for the good of all citizens, as the candidates were attempting to do last Saturday.

For starters, we could repeal the Income Tax code and the 16th Amendment, close down the too-corrupt-to fix IRS, and implement the Simple Tax. The resulting booming economy would benefit all citizens. We could repeal the misguided and unaffordable government takeover of the health care industry and return to free market competition, thus benefitting all citizens. We could balance the budget, return to economic stability, and save the future for all our children and grandchildren. We could secure our borders, rather than allow criminals, terrorists and welfare thieves to freely wander in and steal our lives and treasure, thereby benefitting all our citizens.

While I was not at that debate, based on your report, I commend both candidates for answers directed at benefiting all American citizens.

In closing, let me say that while I usually read the MDJ at breakfast, one could do far worse than to read and ponder a section of the Constitution with his or her Wheaties. Both are guaranteed to produce a better educated voter, and Lord knows, we need more of them!

Steve Covert

Marietta
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anonymous
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June 24, 2014
Spoken like a true "white man"! As a fellow "white man" I realized that from birth I had a privileged position in society especially in the south. No jobs were denied me because of race or gender, I was always first in line. I was not segregated and treated as a second rate citizen and forced to attend third rate schools. I was not denied loans jobs or paid less because there was no possibility I would become pregnant. The discrimination between sex and race is huge in our society and until I hear "all is fair" coming from a woman or a minority I will give your comments the attention it deserves.
Papermill gal
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June 27, 2014
So bogus, your comments. My brother was a combat veteran of Desert Storm with a high GPA from the University of Georgia. He applied to 12 law schools after his service and was rejected from every single one of them. If you don't believe that there was no room left for a white guy after all their quotas were filled, you are naive.

White guys have to bend over backwards in today's politically correct world, while others have to smile and check the right boxes...this applies on admissions, mortgages, small business loans, you name it.
Kevin Foley
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June 24, 2014
I don't blame conservative men for running as fast as they can from women's issues, or African-American issues, or gay issues, or Hispanic-Latino issues since they've managed to offend and alienate all of these constituencies.

Mr. Covert, like the two candidates, offers the usual overly simplified, mile-wide-inch-deep solutions to all the problems this country and its widely diverse population face.

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