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Letter: Check your facts

According to Gallup, President Obama’s approval rating for the past week was 47 percent. Since his inauguration in 2009, his average is 47 percent. The average for presidents in their 25th quarter is 46 percent. In February 2007, George W. Bush was at 35 percent.

Not so bad for a black guy in a country that has made a national pastime out of hating minorities. Especially not bad when the “disloyal opposition” has done everything it can think of to disparage and obstruct the president.

I mention these polling facts in regard to a particularly virulent op-ed column in The Aspen Times by Glenn Beaton. “Beat-on” seems to be an appropriate name for the author. The author was claiming that the opposite is true. This reminds me of a Republican politician who, when called out for misstating, said he wasn’t intending to use actual true facts.

I suppose the writer managed to amuse himself with his references to cartoon characters — apparently something he is well-versed in. But rather than tearing somebody down, maybe the writer could offer a positive suggestion on, just to pick a random item, the news that more than 50 percent of American schoolchildren are in poverty (Washington Post). I wonder if the author’s favored party, the one that now controls all of Congress, could maybe put that on the agenda. Of course, it would have to stay in session long enough to actually do some work.

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale


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