KUDOS to Republicans; Super Obama; Disenchanted with McCain's pick for VP; Angry over PBS censorship of Kucinich

KUDOS to theRepublicans

What a wonderful return of the Republican Party to its roots in John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Many people don't realize it was the Republican Party who introduced women to national politics and it was only during the depression the Democratic Party was able to blame the Republicans for the nation's woes and steal away the Republican philosophy of embracing all peoples as equals while suppressing their own pro-slavery heritage.

In 1856 Republicans nominated John Fremont for President on a progressive anti-slavery platform of "free soil, labor, speech, and free men" that the Democrats defeated. Fortunately, Abraham Lincoln became president in 1860.

Republicans were the first major party to favor women's suffrage. In 1896, 26 of 36 state legislatures that voted for the 19th Amendment were Republican.

The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana in 1917. Way to go Republicans!

Richard Randleman

Medford

Super Obama

Barack Obama's acceptance speech was out of the ballpark. The only thing wrong was he was wearing the wrong suit ... he should have had a Superman outfit on. This fellow's a WINNER!

Maxine Scott

Ashland

Disenchanted with McCain's pick for VP

The news of Sarah Palin as a candidate for the office of vice president is shocking and worrisome. Vice presidents are meant to be successors for presidents in the United States. Is there anything in Palin's background that would qualify her to lead our nation?

She is considered a good match for McCain because of being female, pretty, charismatic and Christian, but if he dies she will be leading the free world with zero experience in foreign relations, in the makings of the federal government and with no scholarly accolades to her name. Leading a state with 670,000 citizens for almost two years is hardly comparable to leading a nation of 300 million people. Her choice as running mate is irresponsible.

Michele Martin

Ashland

Angry over PBS censorship of Kucinich's speech

I wrote the following open letter to Jim Lehrer of the PBS News Hour and request the Tidings share it with readers.

"I was deeply offended by your (sic Jim Lehrer's) de facto censorship of Dennis Kucinich' rousing and memorable convention speech "Wake Up America!" by choosing to program talking heads while Dennis was speaking. I could hear the delegates' roar of applause for Kucinich' every word.

But you denied me, and the entire PBS radio audience, the opportunity of hearing Dennis' powerful and passionate appeal to exercise our citizenship and regain our Rights under the Constitution.

Dennis Kucinich is the conscience of America. His defense of the Constitution of the United States is in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, who said: 'Should we wander [from the essential principles of our government] in moments of error or alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.'

I am saddened to think how your actions (sic Jim Lehrer et al) — surely a conscious choice — prevented millions of American citizens from hearing Dennis Kucinich' stirring and vital words, "Wake Up America!"

Fortunately all is not lost. The entire six-minute speech can be heard at http://tinyurl.com/5qqd62 or by Googling the phrase "Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) Speaks to the DNC."

I cannot help but assume your actions constitute self-censorship by you and your organization to please your powerful corporate sponsors Chevron, Pacific Life and Vestas. This, Jim, cannot fulfill the purpose of Public Radio. When I realized your interviews and commentary were effectively blocking portions of the convention I switched to C-Span, which faithfully recorded all the events as they transpired.

I admire Bill Moyers' actions in leaving PBS for a while, in protest of management policies, returning only when he was able to continue in good conscience."

John Fisher-Smith

Ashland