Disappointed with coverage of DNC; Kudos to Republicans for choosing Palin; Republicans don't understand community service

Disappointed with coverage of DNC

I was more than dismayed (indeed I was outraged) by your paper's coverage of the first day of the Democratic National Convention. The lead article entitled, "Clintons center stage," was filled with nothing but Republican talking points and democrat-bashing. Beginning with the first sentence "Democrats bickered among themselves ..." from start to finish it was merely a vehicle to deliver us the transcript to McCain's latest attack ad, dredge up Joe Biden's past gaffes and revel in democrats' supposed petty in-fighting.

Though Michelle Obama, as the keynote speaker on day one of the convention (which, presumably, the article was meant to cover) gave an eloquent, substantive and moving speech, not one word was written about her or her speech! Where's mention of Teddy Kennedy's stirring and courageous speech?

Much was written about how disappointing to democrats Mark Warner's Tuesday speech was sure to be — one he had YET TO DELIVER.

How about covering what actually happened on the ground at the convention — what the speakers were saying about issues that matter to Americans' lives — instead of negative comments from pundits like James Carville and Paul Begala?

This article is the kind of "journalism" I expect from Fox "News" — and it's shameful and an insult to Americans' intelligence.

Susan Almquist

Portland

Kudos to the Republicans for choosing Palin

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

Service to the community isvalued experience

During the Republican Convention, Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin mockingly and stupidly ridiculed the work of Barack Obama as a community organizer in the poor neighborhoods of the South Side of Chicago after the economical devastation of the closing of the steel mills. The out of touch Republican delegates at the convention sprang to their feet and wildly applauded the ignorance.

After Barack graduated with highest honors from Columbia University (one of the finest schools in America), which he attended through scholarships and student loans (which he just recently finished paying off), he decided to give something back by working with people in need. He was in his early twenties at the time and helped much older people get job training. He helped them with organizational skills and turned many people's lives around.

This was presented in the CNN documentary "Obama Revealed." It showed audio/visuals of him actually teaching the people new skills, giving them encouragement and renewing their self esteem. In the documentary, numerous people testified as to how he literally saved their lives. He was actually helping people get off welfare — something Republicans claim to be in favor of. For this he was paid less than $12,000 per year and ridiculed by Republicans.

If Giuliani and Palin had taken the time to view this very available documentary on CNN and to learn a little bit about Obama before spouting off, they wouldn't have foolishly and publicly made themselves look so void of compassion, so out of touch and so ignorant.

My name is Ed Dillon and I approve this message on behalf of compassionate, in touch, clear thinking and non-elitist people everywhere.

Ed Dillon

Ashland