LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Here are things to keep in mind when voting

Friday, November 2, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

With the election  approaching, voters need to keep the following in mind:

1. With far right conservatives in control of the Republican Party, it is doubtful Romney could maintain his recently stated more moderate positions even if he wanted to do so. This would be denying the official positions of his party. He would be in very dangerous territory. No politician wants to go against those in control of his party.

2. Romney says he will create jobs. His tenure at Bain Capital proved one thing: he is an amazing speculator when it comes to obtaining cheap loans and buying struggling companies then selling them. This is not job creation. Many people have lost jobs because of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital.

3. Our climate is changing due to global warming in exactly the ways the overwhelming number of climate experts have predicted: huge storms, droughts, wildfires and crop failures. Romney wants to ramp up production of fossil fuels and cut money for  renewable energy, saying the causes of climate change are unproven.

Lastly, how can a man who is worth $250 million possibly identify with and represent the average middle-class American who is struggling just to pay bills and keep food on the table.

Marion Mace Dickerson is a Columbia resident.

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Jimmy Bearfield November 2, 2012 | 11:24 a.m.

Marion Mace Dickerson doesn't appear as a registered Boone County voter.

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Tracy Greever-Rice November 2, 2012 | 3:21 p.m.

You are incorrect, Mr. Bearfield. She most certainly does appear - under her name, Mace.

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frank christian November 2, 2012 | 6:47 p.m.

Her letter consists of provable crap! Her "lastly", is most laughable. I identify with the candidate that already "Has his" and is willing to "give back" to the country and people that helped him earn it.

Obama and wife are now worth only 6M$ (Forbes),up from nothing, since they decided upon the Chicago method to quick riches, Democrat politics. Michelle paid $150,000 annually when he elected to IL Senate. She got new job at 317,000 after he elected to U.S. Senate. The hospital that arranged the position for her, received over 1M$ from Federal government. Why does this not matter to liberals?

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Jimmy Bearfield November 2, 2012 | 9:38 p.m.

The median wealth of a senator is $2.6M. McCaskill is one of the wealthiest. Her $1.9M private plane cost more than most people make in a lifetime.

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Mark Foecking November 3, 2012 | 2:48 a.m.

Are there even any poor or "middle income" (~$1-200,000/year) legislators at the federal level? I'd be surprised if it were more than a handful.

I'm not sure the wealth of any of them is particularly relevant.


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Derrick Fogle November 4, 2012 | 9:01 a.m.

I'd rather have a filthy rich McCatskill as Senator, than the devoutly ignorant control freak Akin.

You'd think, as much as the conservatives seem to worship money and the wealthy and call them all "Job Creators", McCatskill's wealth would put her in that club of the Worshipped Wealthy.

But no, for her, being wealthy somehow isn't a sign of success and ability (like it is for your other candidate); instead, in this one instance, it's seen as the sign of a corrupt, bad person.

This is just one more example of the extreme misogynistic hypocrisy of conservative thought.

Wallz in all ur Brainz, there is.

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frank christian November 4, 2012 | 9:46 a.m.

"I'd rather have a filthy rich McCatskill as Senator,"

You'r doing it it backward, as usual. You and yours hate the wealthy, just because they are wealthy, unless, as in this instance, they have enjoined the progressive, liberal doctrine and are accumulating wealth (Obamas, Clintons, Gore) from tax payers, thru government while professing to be "helping" their imagined poor voters. These wealthy are never questioned by the liberal sheep that they herd to the polls every election day.

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Barbara Burlison November 4, 2012 | 11:44 a.m.

Let's see - how much is the Bush family worth now that they have had TWO presidents in the family? And, the Clintons - he a poor boy from Arkansas? You make it sound like a crime to make money and be financially successful. Also, it is worth noting that the McCaskills have sold the plane - and it never was in the senator's name. This campaign has been laced with falsehoods and innuendoes from the get-go - and what Akin has said is on the record and in his own words and voice, not just "suggested" faults. I will be so glad when this completely divisive and nasty campaign is over. I have been involved in politics for many years, and each year I don't see how they can get more nasty, and yet they do. What does that say about us - the American people - that we let this kind of thing continue to exist and grow like a cancer? I don't have an answer as to how to change the political climate in this country, but it does make me very sad.

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frank christian November 4, 2012 | 3:02 p.m.

Barbara B. - HWB's father earned their wealth in a Wall St. investment firm. HW joined the Navy when he was 18, was successful in "oil and Petroleum products". W lost his rear in oil, but succeeded with a baseball team. Then the two became President. You read as though you are of the group, Fogle, etc. whom all hate the Bush's. Clinton and his wife (poor boy from AR) were reportedly worth over 100M$ only after his terms as President. Books and speeches, you know. Yeah, Right!

You might have noted that the Senator, also, finally paid her taxes, as well. You chastise Akin, not because of expression of one idea in one interview, but because he is conservative. Then, you complain about the continual "completely divisive and nasty" campaign, but can't mention which side the "nasty" comes from, the Left! Did you miss, "the devoutly ignorant control freak Akin.", in the above that I addressed? I, also, am sad.

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hank ottinger November 4, 2012 | 5:32 p.m.

Well, what millionaire or multi-millionaire would you like to represent you? Who, dem or rep, in Congress has ever earned his or her livelihood by swinging a pick, working on an assembly line, picking fruit, punching a time card? Very, very few. Odd that those who represent the working classes, most of whom, I assume, are members of this board, have never been part of that working class. To what extent do they have your interests really at heart?

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frank christian November 4, 2012 | 7:13 p.m.

H.O. - We have a multimillionaire serving as President right now. That he collected it only after he got into Democrat politics, does not concern you? We used to hear this back in the 70's. "We should elect someone that earns around $20,00 per year. They would know the hardships that the little guy must go through!" My first thought was, Congressmen now earn $42,000 per year. The $20,000 candidate would be disqualified if he won the election.

The idea has long been that law makers that represent All their constituents are best. Someone having "been there and done that" during a successful working career is more apt to provide this vision for the job. More recently, we've been subjected to the progressive, liberal mantra of clearly defined "classes", which our Constitution was written to prevent. You even insinuate that the class lines are so distinctly drawn, that one may not even, "have your interests really at heart?", of the other. These are the feckless accusations afforded us by the liberal "class warfare" of today.

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Michael Williams November 4, 2012 | 7:21 p.m.

Hank asks: "Odd that those who represent the working classes, most of whom, I assume, are members of this board, have never been part of that working class."

Well, let's see. I picked peaches and tended trees with migrant workers for Stephenson's orchard near KCMO.

And I worked in a steel mill bundling steel wire, terminal cutter for the hot-as-hell rod mill, general laborer shoveling steel dust, and in the electric furnace chemistry lab.

And then I went to college and grad school, worked my way up in someone else's chemistry lab for 10 years (and paid attention, too), then started my own lab with borrowed money that exceeded our life-savings input money by 11.2X, paid the borrowed money off in 2 years, and thereafter did right well for ourselves.

So, do I qualify?

Personally, I like trying to mimic the strategies/philosophies of multimillionaires and millionaires. Seems to work out better.

PS: A humorous note on the picking peaches job. The migrant workers had a nice supplementary income plan going. I-70 cut right through the orchard and folks (mostly democrats) thought all those peaches were free (of course). So, they'd wait until night, park next to the orchard on the shoulder of I-70, and sneak up into the orchard for a couple of free bushels. Problem was, the migrants took turns guarding both sides of the orchard at night with a loaded shotgun. Once confronted, the offer to the thieves was "You can either go to jail, or give me 20 bucks. Oh, and you don't get to keep the peaches," all spoken with a Spanish accent that apparently was easily understood; apparently, that old rusty 12 gauge that I personally saw was an excellent translator.

The migrants told me two things: (1) I was not eligible for night duty (drat!), and (2) no one ever chose jail.

It was one of the most fun jobs I've ever had. I got to eat a lot of perfect peaches, too. I still love them, especially when halved and dipped in brown sugar, grilled and caramelized over charcoal, and a huge dip of homemade vanilla ice cream dumped in the pit cavity. Smear some of that on your forehead and your tongue will knock you out trying to get to it.

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Corey Parks November 4, 2012 | 10:52 p.m.

Barbara Burlison: Seems a lot of the problems can be traced back to you and others on this board for continuing to vote for D or R any chance you get. Heaven forbid they allow a 3rd or 4th party into this country.

Al Gore. Worth 800k before VP worth 100 Million since then. Hmm he must be a genius business man. How is it that these politicians making 175K a year are stupid wealthy by the time they leave office. And I am not talking a few here and there but 90% of them. It is not what you know but who you know and where you invest when you have the inside track.

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