How did Obama win re-election?

After absorbing President Barack Obama's State of the Union promises I couldn't help but reflect on why he was re-elected. Everything pointed to a conservative win. His first four years were economically disastrous. Our national debt kept growing. Young people and minorities who were inspired in 2008 were no longer so enthusiastic.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney had the experience and proven leadership skills to turn things around. Our military would respect him as commander-in-chief. He drew huge enthusiastic crowds wherever he went.

So what went wrong? We didn't get out the vote, and they did - but why?

Romney chose not to belittle and demonize the president as Obama did to him, calling Romney an evil rich guy. He became the grinch that would have to run against Santa Claus.

Millions of low-information voters wanted more free stuff. Like our president, too many voters acted as if money grows on trees and printing money creates legitimate wealth.

Then we had the many lies about Romney, causing the uninformed to proclaim that he pays lower taxes than the middle class and will cause teachers to lose their jobs.

But this was not enough to get Obama to win. The media also were in the tank for Obama, portraying him as a savior.

ETTORE CATTANEO

Cape May

Pikes into A.C.

must be spruced up

With the announcement of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino being sold and Revel's creditors agreeing to exchange debt for equity in the project, it appears that Atlantic City is still a good bet for investors. But why do the White Horse Pike and the Black Horse Pike look the way they do? These are two main corridors into Atlantic City, and they are not very eye-pleasing.

The mayor of Egg Harbor Township should get involved and discuss ways to rid the Black Horse Pike of the small motels between Pleasantville and the Atlantic City High School. One idea would be to purchase the properties, raze the buildings, plant vegetation, and sell or lease the land to billboard companies for extra income.

As for the White Horse Pike, you just need to keep it clean and plant vegetation to make it more appealing to drivers coming into the city.

Tourist dollars are out there, but the competition for those dollars is fierce. Government needs to step up its game.

GIANCARLO A. IOANNUCCI

Galloway Township

Today's neocons

are anti-democracy

In an effort to continue voter suppression and enact legislation to erode democracy, a group of neoconservatives from Georgia have begun the process to repeal the 17th Amendment, which provides for the direct election of U.S. senators.

The prime sponsor of this move, Georgia state Rep. Kevin Cooke, is another one of the many wingnuts who have been elected in recent months and want to thwart the democratic process.

These sick legislators behave like those who seized power in Germany in the 1930s. They do not represent the party of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower or the Bushes. They do not believe in one man, one vote. They are against early voting and favor intimidation, harassment, photo identification, gerrymandering and other tactics directed at the poor, minorities and middle class. They don't care if a person has to wait in line seven hours to cast his or her vote.

While it is easy to understand their motivation on the surface, the deep-rooted reason for this new legislation is the fact that Georgia, Arizona and Texas are on the fast track to become blue states in the next two election cycles. This is a result of the rapidly growing Latino population and an increasing poor and middle-class population.

The neocons hate anyone who is not white, rich and privileged.

Ask yourself: Would Eisenhower have been able to construct the Interstate Highway System or, for that matter, been able to govern had these neocons been in power during his presidency?

CHARLES M. LEUSNER

Cape May Court House

Assembly gun bills

won't make us safer

On Feb. 21, the state Assembly passed 22 anti-gun bills. Lawmakers voted on them after more than seven hours of public and expert comment explaining how the bills would in no way affect criminal misuse of firearms.

The Assembly members who voted for these proposals showed their lack of knowledge of New Jersey's current gun laws. They also showed their total lack of respect for law-abiding gun owners.

Lowering the magazine capacity from 15 to 10 rounds and banning online sales of ammunition will only affect the law-abiding citizen. Requiring pictures to be on New Jersey firearms identification cards is costly and redundant because a photo ID is already required when purchasing a firearm or ammunition. The existing laws in New Jersey already prohibit criminals and the mentally ill from purchasing firearms or ammunition.

Mandatory training before a first-time purchase and the increased funding for school safety are the only things proposed that will make New Jersey safer. Hopefully more rational heads will prevail in the state Senate.

Please remember that criminals have no respect for the law, so passing more laws will never affect them.

DARRIN MONTAGNA

Vineland

Limits necessary

to gun rights

Regarding those of you who believe that proposed gun legislation is a violation of our rights as Americans:

Let me first say that I am a believer in the Second Amendment. Whether you use firearms for sporting purposes or self defense, it is your constitutional right. But I also believe there should be limits. If you feel it is absolutely necessary to have assault rifles, magazines with enough bullets to wipe out the entire neighborhood, and hollow-point or armor-piercing bullets that do not just disable but mean certain death to anyone unfortunate enough to get in your sights, let me suggest the following:

Think about changing the environs in which you live.

Get out of the business you're in that makes you feel it is necessary to have these weapons.

Seek medical help.

Build a better bunker.

ALFRED HARRISON

Northfield