This article was posted on Monday, Jul 30, 2012

Letters to the Editor¦

Dear AOA:
I had missed a few issues of the monthly magazine after moving to Arizona. This may have
been due to our unsecured street mail box. When I realized that I had not been getting the
magazine, I called AOA and spoke to Shelly. I explained what had happened and also provided
her with our new P.O. Box for mailing.
She offered to try and scrounge up the three back issues which I was missing and I received these
shortly afterward and she also got my subscription correctly routed after that.
I am often quite critical these days of poor customer service from not only our government
agencies, but large private businesses as well. This is why Shelly’s efficient help and pleasant
phone demeanor is especially appreciated. She is a credit to your organization.
Sincerely, Robert M.

Dear AOA:
Your publication, AOA News and Buyers Guide, has become an advocate of rightwing causes
and complaints, with slanted articles and one sided blurbs. For instance, your sidebar of statistics
on the percentage of taxes paid by the rich leaves out the fact that citizens in the top 1% income
bracket earn 34% of all income and that the top 1% own 43% of all wealth in this country. You
also say that 40% of the adult population pays nothing. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
When you include state and local taxes the lowest 20% of earners pay about 16% of their
It’s easy to cherry pick your statistics to make a one-sided argument but it doesn’t give the true
picture. Although I own a number of rental units, until your publication becomes fair and
balanced, I would never join your organization.   Daniel B.

Dear Dan:
I read with great interest your article on Is Democracy Killing Us? The answer is not that
simple, but I will give you my opinion as to why we are in a decline as a truly free country.
When Woodrow Wilson came out of academia to become President of the United States, it gave
him a platform to introduce progressive politics into the mainstream of America. Around that
time, Russia killed off the Czar and the nation which had never known democracy went
The reason I lump those together is the fact that communists in this county wanted to overthrow
the US government by force and the progressives wanted to implant their form of democracy by
peaceful means. (Progressives are really soft communists, but have many of the same principles
that the communist manifesto has). They promise everything to the mass of people but
ultimately deliver nothing that can be sustained in the long term. The so-called Obama health
care plan is a prime example.
There have been many Presidents as well as politicians on both sides of the isle that, for want of
a better way of saying it, introduced programs that in any conformed or were even authorized by
the U.S. Constitution. Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty was introduced and passed while the
country was fully engaged in Vietnam. The eye of the people was diverted by him while the war
raged and former colleagues in the house and senate took advantage of the unrest in this country
to pass legislation to create the war on poverty, which has been a complete failure, but money we
don’t have is continually spent and dispersed by the poverty pimps.
Our system of constitutional government has been marginalized by many in academia as well as
politicians from city, state and federal agencies. The town I live in is a prime example of the
city creating services for just about everything that elderly people need including a chaplain to
minister to the needs of residents.
Democracy is killing us because the constitution has already been shoveled into the history
books as outdated. The only elements of society that still have full constitutional rights are
criminals. The rest of us can go pound salt. Don’t try to cut a tree down without someone
getting their collective nose out of joint. (This is only a point I am trying to make).
We have lost our way particularly when the Supreme Court, over the years, upholds old opinions
by previous courts that uphold laws that clearly have no Constitutional merit, but are dismissed
because the law is settled. A good example is abortion. There is nothing in the Constitution that
gives the judges the right to come to that opinion. By the way, I believe abortions should be a
State’s rights issue and I personally don’t care if a woman wants an abortion or not. The most
recent example of over reach will be the same sex marriage issue. It is unfortunately one of
those issues that historically will make it a travesty to family unity. That’s my opinion, but it has
nothing to do with equal rights. Anyway, we have lost our moral compass and I don’t think it
will be replaced anytime soon.
When Benjamin Franklin came out of the meeting which determined what kind of government
we will have, a woman asked him, What kind of government will we have? and he told her
that it will be a republic if we can keep it. He knew even then that only people of good moral
standing would be able to sustain that form of government. Sincerely, Larry R.

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