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Obama, congress should adopt Superman’s credo

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To the editor:
Our Constitution requires the president to give information of the state of the union to Congress and recommend such measures as “he shall judge necessary and expedient …”
Congress received no such information from President Obama on Jan. 25. No specific measures were recommended to address the 50.2 million impoverished Americans or any of the other well-known problems that range from debt and meaningless wars to the tyrannical lobby industry.
Moreover, a recommendation was needed to prevent a repetition of the legislative incompetence and self-serving conduct responsible for To the editor:
I want to let people know how I feel about the mayor and the City of Lawrenceburg officials.
I feel they are all incompetent to even have jobs where it concerns people’s lives. The police force has “Serve and Protect” on its cruisers, but it doesn’t seem that applies to everybody who lives in Anderson County.
My grandbaby, Cole, was in a well-protected environment in our home. My daughter was trying to protect her only son from an unfit father. She was already in the process of waiting for court day to get full custody of Cole.
She did not want his father to be with him alone at any time until he got his life back in order.
My daughter and husband told the police about how bad the father was, including about his two DUIs in a month’s time.
They told the police that he had a bad temper, that he had a police record 3 inches thick and that he was not fit to have Cole.
Cole was a very happy baby and he was never away from his mother or me overnight. I can’t even imagine what was going on in his little head.
Cole was everything to our family. Now he is gone forever because of the City of Lawrenceburg’s police mistakes. How would you feel if your only grandchild was murdered because he was placed in the hands of [an unfit father] after he was illegally taken away by the police and handed over to this murderer? Especially after finding out that the father had no right to come and get him in the first place.
We were told that we could do nothing to get him back until the two week hearing date. Do you realize what this has done to our family? My daughter will never be the same, ever. She has lost her child because the police didn’t know how to read an emergency protection order.
I have lost my grandbaby because this situation was not handled correctly. Cole, our beloved baby, is not here anymore to enjoy his life. We all cry on a daily basis, our lives are ruined and our most precious thing on this earth has been taken from us.
It’s like none of you even care. Our baby is dead because of your police officers’ mistakes and they get by with it.
Cole is everything to us. We miss him. We cry. We cry so much. We are all living in a nightmare that we can’t wake up from. This has changed our lives forever. This has made us very sick.
I long for Cole. I want Cole back. But he can’t come back because of the damage that has been done by the mistakes that were made by the police department. Our baby loved us so much and we love him more than life itself.
We mourn each day for that beautiful baby. We had so many hopes and dreams for him. Now we have to wait a lifetime before we can even see him again.  And for you people, you have never once tried to tell us of your mistakes, not that it would do any good.
But it would be an own up to what you all have caused, the life of my grandbaby being taken because of the city’s mistakes.
Cole was here and he is so loved and he will never ever be forgotten.
Judea A. Clark
Lawrenceburg

Obama, congress should adopt Superman’s credo
To the editor:
Our Constitution requires the president to give information of the state of the union to Congress and recommend such measures as “he shall judge necessary and expedient …”
Congress received no such information from President Obama on Jan. 25. No specific measures were recommended to address the 50.2 million impoverished Americans or any of the other well-known problems that range from debt and meaningless wars to the tyrannical lobby industry.
Moreover, a recommendation was needed to prevent a repetition of the legislative incompetence and self-serving conduct responsible for the poor state of the union.
Another obvious omission was a recommendation to prohibit current and future politicians from sticking their unwanted noses into the internal affairs of other sovereign nations.
And it would have been a great help if a recommendation had been included to reinstate the efficacy of the old adage, “Charity begins at home.”
America would be better served if Congress and President Obama would confine their activities to their constitutional purview and let the profit-motive produce the next “Sputnik Moment.”
The era of blind-eyed politicians and their corporate sponsors ended, effective Nov. 2, 2010.  The old, familiar-faced incumbents say they got that message, but their subsequent rhetoric and that bland state of the Union pep rally suggest, “What message?”
By 2012, incumbents who really got the message will be readily recognizable.
Their words and deeds will have reflected unselfish courage, common sense, and simple honesty, or, as Superman would say, “truth, justice and the American way.”
Shafter Bailey
Lawrenceburg