How utterly tasteless for Democrats to boo President Bush at the inauguration. The entire world leaned backwards to make this day one of triumphs for them. Have Republicans ever done this?

The least Democrats could have done was to remain silent, as those who wished to cheer President Bush for seven years with no terrorist attacks upon us did so. They showed no respect for the Bush family either.

Obama has promised transparency. Let's start with Nancy Pelosi, one of Bush's most caustic critics.

Her district includes San Francisco. Star Kist Tuna's headquarters are there. Star Kist is owned by Del Monte Foods, a major contributor to Pelosi. Star Kist employs 75% of the American Samoa workforce. Pelosi's husband owns $17 million of Star Kist stock.

In January, 2007 minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $7.25. Pelosi had American Samoa exempt so Del Monte would not have to pay it, making their products less expensive than competition.

When the huge bailout bill was passed Pelosi's "earmark" was $33 million dollars for "economic development credit" in American Samoa. Hipocrisy?

Pauline Walton
Lafayette



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