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Published: Sunday, 3/11/2012

Letters to the Editor

Santorum as ayatollah the right call

I very much agree with just about everything Blade Editor David Kushma said in his March 4 op-ed column, "Super Tuesday can't come -- and go -- soon enough; None of the GOP candidates thrills Ohio voters."

In the last several months, I often have thought about what GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been preaching and have found myself reacting almost with disbelief at his rants.

Mr. Santorum's reference to the President's "phony theology" was the topper for me. And Mr. Santorum's comments on Mr. Obama wanting everyone to attend college mystified me.

Mr. Kushma's description of Mr. Santorum as "an ayatollah in a sweater vest" was great. It describes him quite accurately.

Jim Buyakie

Cherrylawn Drive

Obama's gaffe fails to make column

Eugene Robinson's March 5 op-ed column, "Romney's authenticity problem," described GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's gaffes while campaigning.

Mr. Robinson failed to mention that when President Obama was campaigning in 2008, he claimed to have visited 57 states.

I guess Harvard isn't a perfect university after all.

Mark Cousino

Harvest Lane

Judge appears to be bullied

I've come to this conclusion about Toledo Municipal Court Judge Amy Berling: I don't know the difference between a habeas and a corpus, but I know bullying when I see it ("6 judges file grievance on Berling; She denies allegations of 'disturbing conduct,'" March 2).

I've had a person tell others not to talk to me at work under threat of suspension, although I did a good job.

What about making a confidential letter public? Either someone is trying to feather a political nest or is suffering from anger issues. It's perhaps a little of both.

What happens when one of these people decides to go after one of us, instead of another judge? No wonder folks flee the jurisdiction instead of appearing in court.

Charlie Bleckner

West Manhattan Boulevard

Limbaugh’s attack deserves scorn

The lack of decency when radio commentators attack citizens based not on facts but on unadulterated prejudice is disgusting ("Have you no shame, Rush Limbaugh?" op-ed column, March 6).

The attack by conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh on college student Sandra Fluke deserves scorn from anyone with any sense of morality.

It was comforting to learn that many of Mr. Limbaugh's sponsors did not approve of his rants and rightfully withdrew their support. But I found disturbing the responses from the leading Republican presidential candidates.

Mitt Romney said: "It's not the language I would have used." Rick Santorum said: "An entertainer can be absurd."

What about standing up for a woman when she is called a "slut" and a "prostitute"? These men deserve no more respect than Mr. Limbaugh.

Anthony Thiros

Lambertville

Limbaugh apology still not enough

Mr. Limbaugh's apology for remarks he made about Ms. Fluke is disheartening ("Limbaugh apologizes to law student," March 4). Mr. Limbaugh distorted what Ms. Fluke stated and spewed lies about her testimony.

Mr. Limbaugh seems to have no working knowledge of birth-control medication and women's health issues. Yet his "dittoheads" hang on every intentionally misleading remark made by this radio clown and consider his word as gospel.

His suggestion that videos of Ms. Fluke having sex should have been posted online is telling enough.

Jeff Pitzen

Northwood

Limbaugh skews Fluke's testimony

Mr. Limbaugh skewed the testimony of Ms. Fluke before Congress into something unrecognizable. What she did and said and meant wasn't at all as Mr. Limbaugh portrayed it.

He interprets everything going on in the world in the same skewed fashion for his listeners. People who get their news from talk-show hosts should beware; they are playing with reality in a dangerous way.

Winifred Dunham

Monclova Township

Selective criticism liberally exercised

Once again we see selective criticism from The Blade and its cronies in the liberal media ("Weak-kneed on Limbaugh," editorial, March 8).

You say Mr. Limbaugh "cultivates outrage" and in "his latest crude excess" called a student a "slut" and a "prostitute" because she believes she is entitled to have a Roman Catholic university and taxpayers supply her with birth control.

You say Mr. Limbaugh is the face of the Republican Party. That is ridiculous.

Where was the outrage from the liberal media when comedian Bill Maher spoke vulgarly about former Alaska Gov.Sarah Palin? Mr. Maher contributed $1 million to an Obama political action committee. Does this make Mr. Maher the face of the Democrat Party?

I'd have a lot more respect for The Blade if you would divulge to your readers that you lean to the left and that when people read The Blade, they are getting the liberal point of view.

Rob Kegerreis

Berkey, Ohio

Schultz the face of Democratic Party?

Your suggestion that Mr. Limbaugh is the face of the Republican Party may well be on target.

MSNBC's Ed Schultz called conservative radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham a "right-wing slut" on his radio show last year. Is Mr. Schultz the face of the Democratic Party?

Ruth O'Loughlin

Evergreen Road

Where's outrage about left-wing?

Where was the outrage when Messrs. Maher and Schultz verbally attacked Ms. Palin and Ms. Ingraham? Their comments were much worse and uttered many more times than the recent comments by Mr. Limbaugh.

Does The Blade have a double standard?

Helen McWilliams

Sylvania



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