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Negotiating with dictators is a losing proposition

It was a just matter of time before a crisis would surface in Syria when Barack Obama presented his “red line” threat a year ago. Once again he has put himself in a position of making a military decision that will affect the whole Middle East, Europe and our country.

But with his ineptness and lack of international leadership, military expertise and respect from world leaders, he has placed himself and this country in a critical situation.

Do we really know who used chemical weapons in Syria? Was it Bashar Assad’s military or was it the al-Qaida rebel forces aligned against them? Assad is a smart man; he understood exactly what Obama was telling him about the “red line.”

Perhaps we should listen to Russia, and let it intervene with Assad with a possible resolution to this catastrophe.

Regardless of the plan for turning over his chemicals, we can be assured there will be strategic planning for continued civil war by Assad.

But the real question is, when this fantasy plan falls apart, who will win the blame game for the disaster, Obama or Russian leader Vladimir Putin? Only time will tell.


Aboite column hits nerve

As a seven-year resident of Aboite Township, I feel I must respond to Frank Gray’s column, “Disrepair definition different in Aboite” (Sept. 3).

What was his motive for writing the article? Did he really want to investigate vandalism or disrepair of a local playground? Or, did he see an opportunity to denigrate Aboite Township and its residents?

After reading the column, it is clear that Gray found an easy opportunity to take a shot at Aboite Township. Yes, many of us who live in Aboite Township care about our community. We take care of our homes; we take care of our yards, cutting the lawn, planting flowers and at times, even watering them. But, we also pass bond issues to support our schools and as a result, we have high performing schools. Our community has soccer, baseball, and football fields.

Yes, there are a number of professional people who live here. We worked hard, we might have gone to university and earned those degrees; we might have learned a trade; we might serve in the armed forces; but very few of us are trust fund recipients.

So, if all you can come up with as the basis of an article is derision and sarcasm, maybe you need to dig a bit deeper.


Too many bogged down in minutiae about Obama

In response to Bruce Cynar’s letter, “Obama priorities are misplaced” (Sept 5), questioning President Obama’s vacation time and ignoring policy.

After reading this letter, I did some fact checking – not to be confused with Fox checking. The fact sites used were provided to me by the Allen County Public Library.

From his first day in office to this August, Obama has taken approximately 92 days of vacation.

President George W. Bush, during the same number of days in the White House, had taken 367 days of vacation.

I could go on with the comparison of other past presidents, but to me this vacation time scandal is really minutiae. Unfortunately, my Republican Party does like to surround itself in minutiae now days.

LAURA MCCANN Spencerville