Readers Write 11/11

Republicans continue to deny the undeniable

Regarding “Everyone makes mistakes; leaders learn” (Readers write, Opinion, Nov. 8):

For the past few years, I have listened to Republican legislators (and subsequently their supporting base) vehemently deny culpability regarding today’s poor economic state.

While their financial policy was far from the sole contributor to the situation, it is apparent that it was indeed a contributor and a substantial one at that.

There simply is no way of denying that huge tax cuts for America’s wealthiest enacted at the same time we are involved in wars that were not budgeted had zero effect on the economy.

Even so, that is all I hear from my conservative friends, their legislators, and candidates: denial of the undeniable.

I’m a registered independent and would like to have at least one viable alternative to President Barack Obama to consider voting for — but I can’t see voting for someone who refuses to learn from the past.

In that, the headline is correct: Everyone makes mistakes; leaders learn. However, if you deny the mistakes you’ve made in the past and blame someone else for them, you learn nothing.

Eric Donahue, Canton

No quick fix for crisis years in the making

We live in the instant generation. We have instant food, heat, entertainment, etc.

Moreover, many young married couples expect to purchase homes like their parents owned after working for several years.

Sadly, many Americans expect Congress and President Barack Obama to solve the debt crisis immediately.

However, the debt crisis has roots in the irresponsible fiscal policies of recent presidents and Congress — and it will not be solved overnight.

Roy Wetherington, Tifton

Service needs to adapt to the computer age

The U.S. Postal Service seems to have its feet planted in cement.

In business, when certain actions taken by a company fail, they try other things. If the Postal Service keeps doing what it has always done, it will continue to fail.

The old ways of doing things in the Postal Service are not working — partly because of their bureaucracy, and because of the arrival of the computer age.

I feel the solution is to adapt — to establish ways where a postal patron could walk into the post office and use a kiosk (much like those at our airport).

Perhaps creating methods to electronically send mail through the post office would encourage use of the postal service again. This seems to make a lot of sense to me. With the spiraling costs of sending letters, this is a good solution.

Alton Powell, Chattahoochee Hills