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Obama on terror, gun rights, and Stacey Campfield.

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Obama's Second Term
Now that Barack Obama has been sworn in as president and billionaire Mitt Romney has been sent back to the Cayman Islands to keep his billions company, we can all breath easier. The poor and middle class have been saved from the horrors of another Republican presidency. Their imminent destruction and a major depression have been averted.

Much progress lies ahead. Our economy will continue to prosper. Gay marriage will become the law of the land. The Affordable Care Act will make health care available to millions more Americans. Hopefully, the U.S. will rise from its dismal ranking of 37th place in the world's health-care quality rankings. Progress will be made in ridding our country of guns. Women will gain more rights and more equal pay. Immigration reform will make the breaking up of families less common.

I am confident we will get much done. The younger generation is more enlightened, less bigoted, and more compassionate. Let us give them our blessing and gratitude for helping to save our world from the horrors of a Romney presidency.

Jim Brasfield
Memphis

Not a Happy Camper
I am writing to inform you of a situation that causes me concern. I have provided this information to the Memphis police, but no actions have been taken.

It appears that someone is living in a tent beside the interstate at Poplar and I-240. The tent is located on the left-hand side of the Poplar East exit if you are driving south. The blue tent is set up in the trees right beside one of the electrical towers.

I first noticed the tent on my way to work last week. The temperatures were extremely low last week. This is an unsafe location for someone to live. It also is a blatant message that laws do not have to be followed. Hundreds of drivers pass this spot daily, and this is a statement that you can set up a tent anywhere you like and nothing will be done about it.

Jamey Shelden
Memphis

Obama is Tough on Terror
For those who thought President Obama would be weak on terror, I ask them to remember this list of terrorists who have paid the ultimate price under Obama for their evil deeds:

First and foremost, Osama bin Laden; al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar al-Awlaki; al-Qaeda's chief in Pakistan, Abu Hafs al-Shahrin; Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, the deputy leader of al-Qaeda; al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri; senior operatives Ammar al-Wa'ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, and Ali Saleh Farhan. In Somalia, al-Qaeda in East Africa senior leader Harun Fazul; Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mahsud; Jemayah Islamiya operational planner Noordin Muhammad. In Indonesia, AQEA planner Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan (killed in Somalia). In Pakistan, al-Qaeda operational commanders Saleh al-Somali and 'Abdallah Sa'id; Haqqani network commander Muhammad Haqqani; Lashkar-e Jhangvi leader Qari Zafar; al-Qaeda operative Hussein al-Yemeni.

This is what President George W. Bush should have been doing — conducting an all-out war on terrorism instead of invading Iraq, where thousands of Americans died who did not have to.

Even today, President Obama haters still want to accuse him of being weak. I would say that they should remember this list.

Philip Williams
Memphis

Stacey Campfield
Does Republican state senator Stacey Campfield raise and eat rabbits at his Knoxville estate? He must, because he has introduced a harebrained bill that would deny benefits to the recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program if their children do not make satisfactory grades in school.

The federal program was established to help people get work, not to be detrimental to the well being of dependent children. May his bill (SB0132) die in committee like other harebrained ones Campfield has sponsored.

Jim Easter
Memphis

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