The other side of the fence

To the Editor:

Wow; Julia Massman really let us Republicans have it. She certainly was misled by some do-good Democrat, an oxymoron if ever there was.

I feel the same way on my side of the fence. Some of her opinions are just not fact. I will take the high road here. I won’t call opponents “wacky” and I won’t slander other groups. They must do this to distract from the real problems of our country.

I have one question to ask Ms. Massman. Below is a small list of Obama campaign promises. How many has he kept?

• Ease income tax on seniors

• Close Guantanamo

• Give Americans five days to review non-emergency bills

• Double funding for after school programs

• Return earmarks to less than $7.8 billion/year

• Have negotiations on health care televised on C-Span

• Cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term

• Bring Democrats and Republicans together

• Help us become oil independent

• Create or save 3.5 million jobs

• New era of accountability

• Unshakable commitment to Israel

• Lobbyists “won’t work in my White House”

• Support for small business

• I’ll make oil companies pay a tax on windfall profits

If these promises had been kept more people would be saying, “yes we still can.”


Mike Nelson

Coralville, Iowa