U.S. cannot afford

another Obama term

When Barack Obama took office, our national debt, the sum of unpaid obligations accumulated since 1776, stood at $10 trillion. Today, four short years later, it is more than $16 trillion.

This debt figure does not include the unfunded obligations of the Medicare and Social Security programs that are already in a deficit and that the president and his party refuse to reform so as to save them for future generations.

Obama refused to act on the recommendations of his own Simpson-Bowles National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to avert the nation's looming debt crisis, such as the one we are seeing in Europe as the result of years of deficit spending and unsustainable government debt.

Anyone with common sense knows that private-sector job creation is the only path to economic recovery, and that government jobs, though necessary, must be kept to an efficient minimum or else they become a drag on the economy, costing public money, increasing taxation and budget deficits.

Yet Obama has grown the government from 20.7 percent of gross domestic product to 25.3 percent of GDP in the midst of this Great Recession. He also has increased federal regulations and promises huge tax increases on businesses and individuals. No wonder so many companies continue to flee overseas where taxes and regulations are more business-friendly. We desperately need a president and Congress whose policies will encourage businesses to start, stay, and hire workers.

We can no longer afford Obama.

DAVE McINTOSH

Egg Harbor Township

LoBiondo hiding

from his voting record

Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, won't debate Democratic challenger Cassandra Shober because he says she's not a serious candidate. This is a poorly disguised attempt by a too-long-in-office congressman trying to hide from his atrocious voting record.

LoBiondo is great at showing up at barbecues and other events such as Veterans Day ceremonies and Columbus Day parades. This enables him to come across as a modern-day Everyman who appeals to the masses.

But he has voted against a ban on government contracts with companies that ship American jobs overseas; he has voted for Paul Ryan's budget, which severely decreases education funding and ends Medicare as we know it; and he has voted against our veterans.

Watch whom you send back to Congress this election. We need a Congress that is bipartisan, not a body of partisans who only know how to advance the interests of the super-wealthy at the expense of the long-suffering middle class. This is where LoBiondo comes up short.

CHICK De CICCO

Hammonton

New light bulbs

are indeed dangerous

Regarding the Oct. 25 letter, "New light bulbs are ugly, dangerous":

Recently, I was sitting quietly in my living room minding my own business. Suddenly, the compact fluorescent bulb on a table lamp across the room shot up an 18-inch column of white steam with a red center. On examination, the bulb had blown two holes where the tube enters the ceramic fixture.

So, apart from mercury poison, these government-mandated bulbs are also a fire hazard.

ARTHUR EBERHARD

Somers Point

Campaign is nasty,

but we're still lucky

While watching the presidential debate a few nights ago, I thought about how lucky we are to live in the United States. This presidential campaign seems like one of the nastiest in recent years. But on the night of Nov. 6 or shortly thereafter, one of those two presidential candidates will call the other and offer his congratulations for the latter's victory. The candidate who is not successful will pledge his allegiance to our country, and life in the United States will go on peacefully.

We are indeed fortunate to live in a country where we can have civil discourse and legitimate differences of opinion and have peaceful elections. And, unlike much of the world, when we have a change of leadership, the transition is always smooth and without conflict.

BRUCE L. PESKOE

Margate

New storm patterns

mean loss of some trees

Regarding the Oct. 25 letter, "When did we start being afraid of trees?":

Trees add oxygen, shade in the heat and beauty to our neighborhoods. But when they are damaged, hanging over a neighbor's house like the "sword of Damocles," and you know that no amount of insurance can bring back the life of someone who is hurt or injured, you remove them as a good neighbor should.

This is the challenge facing us as the new normal in weather includes straight-line winds (derechos), tornadoes, super hurricanes and hybrid storms like Sandy, with winds that can uproot ancient trees that have been with us for generations. Losing such trees is painful, but life goes on, and we learn to adapt.

Let's hope that we can keep up with the rapidly changing pace of our environmental challenges.

JOEL S. FOGEL

Somers Point