Cleaning up after Bush isn't act of 'liberalism'; Let's hammer out our differences; Congress should hold Bush accountable; Wyden shows some leadership;

Cleaning up after Bush isn't act of 'liberalism'

It's being said that as president, Obama would do well to avoid pursuing "liberal" programs, and rather be a centrist leader. There is some wisdom in that, if such a policy would lessen divisiveness and get people working together on common goals.

But I would like to make two observations: first, cleaning up the mess made by the finance system may involve some actions which seem "radical," especially to the proponents of the current wayward system. Second, cleaning up the legal, social and environmental abuses of the Bush administration is not a liberal activity; it's restoring respect for law and respect for government itself.

Ken Deveney

Ashland

Let's hammer out our differences

Kudos to Jeff Golden ("An open letter to Joe the plumber," Nov 8).

One of the many messages to come out of our recent election is the rejection of the politics of polarization.

The last decades of anger and hostility in defense of "our side" have reduced our public discourse to shouting matches and brought our decision making to a standstill.

So, here's a novel idea: let's try working together for our country for a change. Now, this is not just some hippy-dippy idea. This is a traditional, American concept like an old-fashioned barn raising. We have the opportunity now to start anew. And, like Jeff says, what can it hurt?

So pick up a hammer, neighbor, we can use your help with this barn.

James Otey

Seattle

Congress should hold George Bush accountable

The recent presidential election proved that the American people's mandate for change can prevail even over the massive election irregularities which put and kept Bush and Cheney in power for eight years. The health and well-being of democracy and the Constitution in our country require that we citizens hold our officials accountable.

Heinous crimes have been proven committed by Bush, Cheney and others in their power structure. We must not allow them to pardon themselves. Please stand again for justice and move our Congress toward impeachment before Jan. 20.

Elaine Gilmartin

Ashland

Wyden shows some leadership

It was refreshing to see Senator Ron Wyden speaking out on a plan of action of now — not months from now when the damage to our economy is so great as to render us helpless in trying to right our fiscal ship. Yes!

A plan of action for the economic stimulation and renewal of our crumbling infrastructure. Yes!

To improve our roads and bridges and at the same time provide a real meaningful answer to our economic dilemma, jobs.

On a day when our government announced the loss of another quarter-million jobs, finally, someone in our halls of Congress gets it. The answer is JOBS; no give always to Wall Street and the corporate money grubbers, but to the working men and women of America. The guys and gals who need a paycheck to stimulate the economy and get things rolling in the right direction.

Ron, keep up the good work.

Dan Ralls

Ashland