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Letter to the Editor:

Early summer of this year, I pledged that I would refrain from writing such letters. The actions taken by our national legislators, in both houses, the past few days causes me to break this pledge.

The low esteem that our elected legislators displayed toward our retired, as well as our wounded veterans, was simply too much to keep me quiet. With the billions being spent on fraud, noncitizen health care and other benefits, gifts of millions to enemy governments and other outright stupid expenditures, they could look only to the veterans to make up the short fall.

Did they take any of their pay or benefits away? I think not. How about flying the high-ranking congressional members back and forth across the country weekly? At what costs?

What is most shocking to a conservative like myself is that even those who call themselves conservative went along with this degrading action at the expense of all these honorable men and women. I contend that actions always display the true feeling more than words can. Anyone who believes that Harry Reid will allow his liberal cohorts to submit and vote on amendments to correct his injustice must be living in a dream world.

I’m convinced that we have, due to negligence as citizen voters, allowed our representatives to become lazy, self-serving and incapable of doing their jobs as prescribed in the U.S. Constitution. I say it is time for us to be very selective in our choice of all our government candidates. We cannot count on many of them to display the integrity necessary to serve us well and to protect this nation.

All candidates need to be thoroughly scrutinized, vetted and when elected to office must accept the fact they are our servants. In my humble opinion, we will only accomplish getting the proper people in office through the term limit authority — two terms for senators and three terms for representatives.

Everyday I see more evidence that the current representatives in Washington do not care about America’s interest, her soldiers’ wellbeing or how their actions effect our overall society. They are allowing noncitizens more power and authority than those who have and are still serving to keep us safe and free. It is time to wake up and do something about it.

God bless America and all those now serving.

An old veteran of two wars.

Harvey Hyslop

Eagle River 

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:54 AM
 

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+3 #9 Denny Erardi 2014-01-13 14:05
Tim,

You speak of being crucified, ridiculed and degraded because you state your beliefs. From me and only me, that is completely untrue. First, I take issue with your description of how disagreement with you is presented here - my disagreement isn't comprised of ridicule or degradation. That's your spin or interpretation. On several issues, we hold opinions which are polar opposites - but there's no personal attack component.

Secondly, my criticism is decidedly not about you stating your beliefs. It is entirely about the beliefs themselves. Seems like an important distinction and one which takes out the personal aspect and ought to enable a discussion without either party being affronted.

The same holds true for what Phil Robertson said. I completely support his right to say what he said, totally disagree with it, and believe that his employer can levy whatever consequence is legally offered within the construct of the employment contract.
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-4 #8 2014-01-09 16:25
Frank, you my friend, did NOT miss the point.

Funny that they brought him back on the show again.

Not that I have ever watched the show except for a snippet here and there.
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-7 #7 Frank Gabl 2014-01-09 08:55
John,

It’s clear that you are responding to me through Tim about Mr. Hyslop since Tim’s comment to you about “missing the point” was solely and indisputably about Duck Dynasty.

So, now that you’re changing your tune from, “Harvey, you seem to single out Reid yet fail to mention one single conservative. Why is that?

To: “Harvey laid out generalizations about both parties but yet found it nessassary to single out Reid but not one republican. I merely find it curious.”

The logical response is that Mr. Hyslop’s repeated references to “conservatives” dwarf one single reference to Harry Reid and particularly due to the fact that most people reading his letter don’t really even know who he is.

Cont. below:
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-7 #6 Frank Gabl 2014-01-09 08:53
Continued:

As for Phil Robertson, I’m glad to see you got my pot meet kettle point and dropped the bigotry and racism angle.

But still your whole initial response (scolding) and now this one to Tim, “Free speech and "Right's" have nothing to do with Robertson's suspension. It's A&E that put him on TV and they have every right to hire and fire. It was not the Govt that suspened him, THAT would be a violation of free speech. He was able to say what he did but every action does have a consequence,” is nothing more than you going off on a tangent and getting that off your chest since the only comment
Tim initially made was, “Much like this whole Duck Dynasty thing where Phil Robertson is being crucified because he spoke his own beliefs…”

And that is why Tim’s first response to you (and rightly so) was, “Missed the point john. I wouldn't expect anything less.”
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0 #5 2014-01-08 10:22
Tim, I didn't miss any point. Harvey laid out generalizations about both parties but yet found it nessassary to single out Reid but not one republican. I merely find it curious. Lastly, Free speech and "Right's" have nothing to do with Robertson's suspension. It's A&E that put him on TV and they have every right to hire and fire. It was not the Govt that suspened him, THAT would be a violation of free speech. He was able to say what he did but every action does have a consequence.
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-4 #4 Frank Gabl 2014-01-03 08:45
John,

Apparently, you are the one who’s blinded by the partisan ideology which you imply Mr. Hyslop is harboring.

You stated, “Harvey, you seem to single out Reid yet fail to mention one single conservative. Why is that?”

Yet, Mr. Hyslop clearly stated, “The actions taken by our national legislators, IN BOTH HOUSES, the past few days causes me to break this pledge…What is most shocking to a conservative like myself is that EVEN THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES CONSERVATIVE went along with this degrading action at the expense of all these honorable men and women.”


And as for Phil Robertson; labeling his comments about gay and black people as “blatant in its bigotry and hidden racism” could not be a more perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black.

My, you have a short memory. Thank goodness I don’t.
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0 #3 2014-01-02 16:32
Missed the point john. I wouldn't expect anything less.
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0 #2 2014-01-02 08:48
Harvey, you seem to single out Reid yet fail to mention one single conservative. Why is that? Did you know that Veteran groups have given Republican Congressmen such as Bachmann, Ryan, and Sensenbrenner a "D" grade when it comes to support for our Veterans? What about unemployment benefits? Will Boehner vote to help the many middle class until they find employment? Tim, Phil Robertson did state his beliefs, those of backward thinking and of ignorance. The comment made about Black people was particularly blatant in it's bigotry and hidden racism. Now, is it his right to say that? Yep! Is it A&E's right to suspend him? Yep! Those that are mad at A&E for suspending Robertson fail to see that they are being hypocritical. It's A&E's prerogative to hire and fire whoever they choose to.
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-1 #1 2013-12-23 16:02
Mr. Hyslop,

I don't know if you read these postings or not, but I am writing in the hopes that you do read these.

You are absolutely 100% correct in your statement. There are many "conservatives" out there that will bend over rather than fight for what they were elected to do. There are also many "conservatives" out there who will join the opposition when their are needed most, be it elected or regular citizens.

Much like this whole Duck Dynasty thing where Phil Robertson is being crucified because he spoke his own beliefs, people like us who stand our ground are ridiculed and degraded for stating our beliefs. It happens to me all of the time on here, but it won't stop me.

Thank you for writing this letter, your previous letters, and for your service to our country.
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