Letters to the Editor

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expresses frustration over Democrats' changes to filibuster rules.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expresses frustration over Democrats' changes to filibuster rules. (J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE / Associated Press)
Posted: November 27, 2013

Senate rule abused

The filibuster was properly tolerated because it was used rarely up until the presidency of Barack Obama, when the Republican Party, having decided that it had nothing to offer but obstruction, resorted to heels-dug-in, scorched-earth, fanatical opposition to anything and everything that Obama wanted passed ("Senate just got worse," Nov. 25).

Richmond L Gardner, Horsham, rlg3526@ix.netcom.com

Reid once was a fan

In an act of breathtaking cynicism and hypocrisy, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ignored what he once called "the vision of the founding fathers" in granting "the right to extend the debate" by moving to ensure that one party, the Democrats, have total control of the Senate ("Party's new breed drove 'nuclear option," Nov. 24). One can only hope that voters will respond accordingly, and that Reid and the Democratic senators who voted for this totalitarian act will rue the day in the 2014 midterm elections.

Nick O'Dell, Phoenixville, nickodell16@yahoo.com

Unconventional

I understand completely why many exhibitors do not want to come to the Convention Center ("At Convention Center, hoping for a new start," Nov. 24). As a volunteer at the Philadelphia Marathon expo, I arrived to find that the charity booth where I was assigned had been moved. But there was no signage, most of the booths did not have numbers, and they were in no particular order. It was as if someone had used a giant paint brush to splatter the booths around the center. I walked around for 40 minutes before I found the correct booth. This kind of disorganization keeps exhibitors away, as well as exhibit visitors.

David C. Friedman, Lafayette Hill

Afghans' plight

Something must be done to protect the rights of women in Afghanistan, but I question the effectiveness of donations to nongovernmental aid organizations now that the United States is pulling out most of its troops ("Helping women in Afghanistan," Nov. 24). The Taliban will either kick these organizations out of the country, or just execute the leaders (probably confiscating their funds). The only hope I see for women's rights in Afghanistan is a strong democratic government to keep the Taliban at bay.

Edwin L. London, Langhorne

Sniffing out claim

Those profiting from Marcellus Shale natural gas have been too quick to take credit for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, which are due mostly to the economic downturn ('Gas-powered revival," Nov. 20). The United States still leads developed countries in carbon dioxide emissions per capita. In Pennsylvania, methane emissions from "petroleum and natural gas systems" have actuall increased by 12 percent. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change regards methane as 86 times more potent as a greenhouse gas.

Russell Zerbo, Philadelphia, rzerbo@cleanair.org

Attention-seeking

As the peacock struts its feathers to attract a mate, so does the writer who uses profanity ("The word that's bleeping everywhere these days," Nov. 24). If a writer needs the puffery of profanity to sell a book, maybe it's time to get back to his day job. Some of the best books ever written were not laced with vulgarity or sensationalism to find an audience. Their content depended upon excellent writing to woo the reader. I dare columnist Michael Smerconish to leave the f-bomb off his book jacket entirely.

Leslie Wise, Erdenheim

More trimming

Like his smart proposal for fewer Penn State trustees, State Sen. John T. Yudichak (D., Luzerne) should propose halving the legislature in Harrisburg. Just think how many bridges and roads could be fixed without a tax hike.

Tom Borai, Audubon

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