Obama disappointments, no 'fact' at all and poor customer service
Over the past eight or so years, my conservative friends have frequently told me they had been continually “disappointed” and/or “disgusted” with Barack Obama’s leadership during his presidency.
When asked, they were mostly unable to explain what the disappointment was.
I have a short list with guesses about what may have disappointed them all.
He rescued the country from a Great Recession. Did that disappoint them?
He ended the unfunded/sad war in Iraq. Did that disappoint them?
He ordered the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden. Did that disappoint them?
He passed the $787 Billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act to spur economic growth during the economic downturn. Did that disappoint them?
He managed to get the U.S. started on providing health coverage for millions of our citizens. Did that disappoint them?
He saved the U.S auto industry and made money to boot when paid back. Did that disappoint them?
He signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform act and created the Consumer Protection Bureau to rein in the financial sector and protect consumers. Did that disappointment?
He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to combat pay discrimination against women. Did that disappoint them?
He supported veterans through a $78 billion tuition assistance GI Bill. Did that disappoint them?
He dropped the veteran homeless rate by 50 percent. Did that disappoint them?
He did not overstate his capabilities or use his position to enrich himself or his family. Did that disappoint them?
He exhibited no evidence of misogyny or bigotry. Did that disappoint then?
Even though he is just starting into his presidency, I suspect I will be even more disappointed in Mr. Trump than my friends were in Mr. Obama.
Lee Jette, Ocala
Not a ‘fact’ at all
That you print varied opinions on topics mostly of concern to all of us is laudable, and you are thanked for it. Some of those you have published reveal thinking processes that, to me, are quite alien. Still, there is something of value in them.
But it seems to me that you have a duty to cull from your pages, or at least annotate with corrections, assertion of “facts” that are patently false. Hardly a day goes by without at least one of your correspondents boldly stating as fact something that could not bear even cursory scrutiny.
A recent example was one that asserted “over 80 percent of Christians” voted for Mr. Trump in the last election. That wasn’t the only assertion in that particular letter that someone less charitable than I might regard as an outright lie, but it shall serve as an illustration.
Let’s examine it. There were approximately 175 million adult Christians in the U.S. last year. Eighty percent would be 140 million. Trump received something under 63 million votes. Did the various tabulators just forget to count 77 million votes? What religion was espoused by the 65 million who voted for Mr. Trump’s opponent?
But where did the writer get his “fact”? I have heard that voting was by secret ballot, and when I voted nobody asked me, or even seemed to care, what religion I professed, if any. I think I know where the writer got his “fact.” He pulled it out of ... thin air.
Larry Collins, Anthony
Quick at the switch
Recently, I arrived at the headquarters facility of the Historic Ocala Preservation Society to discover that the building had no electric power. When I called the city to report an outage, I was advised that the city had cut off service due to the fact that our bank had returned the last electric bill unpaid.
When I tried to explain to the city’s customer service department that the bank had made a mistake, they were not interested in hearing it. Further, I was advised that all future payments must be made in cash. The bank subsequently provided a letter to the City taking responsibility for the error.
I also tried to explain to the City’s customer service department that no notice had been provided to the customer before service was terminated. Again, the representative at the utility service center was unconcerned about the lack of notice.
I certainly question the city’s policy of cutting off electric service to customers without providing sufficient notice. Perhaps that is not the wisest policy to pursue when temperatures outside are 90 degrees plus.
Dennis Phillips, Ocala