The GOP did not envision losing

Blissfully unaware of what waited for them on Nov. 6, some Republicans predicted a Mitt Romney landslide victory. Included in that comforting projection were numerous forum participants.

In his April 3 letter, Richard Wentner confidently opined, " ... this election will be a Jimmy Carter blowout, you can bet the ranch" on that." It isn't my nature to console Republicans, but I hope Wentner didn't risk the farm.

During the campaign, Republicans exhibited an unprecedented appetite for vituperative propaganda.

Former Gov. John Sununu called President Barack Obama "lazy," and disparagingly proclaimed, "The president should learn how to be an American." A billboard in Ohio urged voters to "Vote for the Americans -- Romney/Ryan," and another exhortation in Ohio was unabashedly racist, "Put white back in the White House."

The infamous Ann Coulter continued her despicable inability to think rationally when she called Obama "a retard."

But possibly the ultimate trashing of rational thought was expressed in a recent Saturday Talk Back letter. The author agonized that the president "has an agenda to destroy America" and is dedicated to "making us a communist country."

I'd welcome meeting him on Jan. 20, 2017, and together we could celebrate America's enduring republican form of government.


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Ronald Entwistle

San Pablo

The responsibilities of the government

This letter refers to the Nov. 15 article in the Times, "Romney blames loss on Obama's largesse."

Does Mitt Romney really believe that the social programs President Barack Obama advocates are "gifts?" What does he think good, responsible government is supposed to do? What about "government of the people, by the people and for the people?" Or does Romney feel that government consists of the rich throwing "gifts" to the less affluent?

Many lives have already been saved because of Obama's health care plan, and the hopes of college students and immigrants have been raised by his policies. Obama is sensitive to the desires and needs of people of all backgrounds. It seems to me that this is what a fair, responsible, democratic government is all about.

Joan Visser

Walnut Creek

Unwittingly proving point with own letter

I must say I was a little put off when I read Ray Greer's comments in his recent Saturday Talk Back letter, "Government as Santa Claus."

He seems to think that not only are all children ignorant and irrational, but that they grow up to be ignorant and irrational adults.

Then, in the same forum, I read Don Crook's comments about President Barack Obama's plans to destroy the United States and I see what Greer meant.

Darrell Ingram

El Sobrante

Enjoys Mallard Fillmore strip

I take issue with Jon Barrilleaux's rant against the Mallard Fillmore comic strip.

I enjoy it immensely as the only conservatively leaning cartoon around. To be honest, I have long thought of suggesting that Doonesbury should suffer the fate Barrilleaux proposes. But then, I am open to other views, even in comics!

Richard Terry

Moraga

Mallard Fillmore not at all funny

I must agree with some recent letters to this newspaper regarding the Mallard Fillmore comic strip.

This strip is not comical, and should not be in the comics section. It is a forum for Bruce Tinsley to insult people and businesses. Whether you agree with his views or not, that is not what people want to read when they open up "the funnies."

Julie Hartford

Oakley

Nothing funny in the comics page

With all the discussion regarding Mallard Fillmore, I took a look at the entire daily comics page and found nothing is really funny.

Back in the day, we used to call them the "funny papers." Now that's no longer true. The strips are political, psychological and satirical. An interesting evolution reflective of the world we live in.

Sandy Lione

Martinez

Lighten up, it's just the comics

I bet that everyone who hates the Mallard Fillmore comic strip loves Doonesbury, and vice versa.

Lighten up everybody, it's only a comic strip!

Floyd R. Colton

Pleasant Hill