In "Set the record straight" (May), I listed 11 of President Obama's accomplishments. All the information in that and this letter is taken from "The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama" by the editor of Washington Monthly magazine.
For those who think he hasn't done much, consider the following of 50 examples: He kicked the banks out of the student loans program; started a $4.35 billion program to reward and encourage states for education reform; passed measures to extend unemployment insurance and cut payroll taxes; coordinated international response to financial crises; boosted fuel economy for cars and trucks to nearly double (55 mpg) by 2035; increased support for veterans of Bush's two wars by increasing the VA budget 26 percent and signed a bill offering $78 billion tuition assistance over a decade as well as multiple tax credits to encourage businesses to hire veterans; eliminated "catch 22" in pay equality by signing the "Lily Ledbetter law" allowing women to sue employers whenever they learn they've been paid less than men for the same work; and signed Hunger Free Kids Act mandating $44 billion to double fruit and vegetables and whole grains in school lunches.
Still think he hasn't done much? — Sidney A. Stitt, Phoenix
For some reason people do not see people in wheelchairs, on crutches or with a cane.
Now our ex-mayor talks about all of the flat ground we have in Ashland. I do not spend any time in the Plaza, but that is the only flat place I know of. Now I find that people do not see seniors. We have quite a few retirees here. It is a beautiful place to live.
Please do not take drive-thru windows away. I exercise three times a week and play 18 holes of golf with a cart once or sometimes twice a week.
The citizens of Ashland are not responsible for obese people — that is a personal thing. I am 84, I use the drive-thru windows and I'm glad to have them. — Lois Shafer, Ashland
In 2010 the Obama administration, with the help of a Democrat-controlled Congress, passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. It was intended to prevent another financial crisis or additional bailouts of financial institutions. It is argued by financial wizards on both sides of the aisle that it did not go far enough, or went too far and would restrict the ability for financial institutions to make loans.
What we have seen is the latter scenario. Many banks have made the requirements for borrowing so stringent that many borrowers cannot qualify for a loan, or it takes several months to get one.
Gov. Romney wants to replace Dodd-Frank with a more streamlined, modern regulatory system. The current form of Dodd-Frank has stifled both economic and job growth. Romney would eliminate all the Obama-era regulations that "unduly burden the economy." — William D. Christie Jr., Medford