Mailbag: Rohrabacher should represent more than Tea Party

Dana Rohrabacher has been around way too long. It troubles me that he keeps getting re-elected to my congressional district. He is a Republican representative who distinguishes himself more by demagoguery than accomplishment.

But you be the judge.

This is a four minute snippet of one of the incendiary speeches Rohrabacher has blessed us with during some 26 years as our representative for the 48th Congressional District. This speech was presented to a select audience of Newport Mesa Tea Party members.

His penchant for hot-button issues and abrasive statements — global warming is a “total fraud”; the National Security Agency violates your privacy; big government is out to get you; be afraid of radical Islam; and Obamacare takes away your rights — appeal to conservatives and hide his lack of legislative accomplishments, not to mention oratorical skills.

We need someone to represent the interests of all residents of the district, not just Tea Partiers.

One hundred and thirty cheering Tea Party advocates packed the Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club to hear Rohrabacher in the above video clip.

How many of his estimated 712,000 constituents does Rohrabacher really represent?

Jim Hoover

Huntington Beach



Time to Go

It's the city

In which I live

Where people take

But they also give

It breaks our hearts

When a melee starts

A riot in the street

Can only defeat

Our municipal goal

Of a town that's whole

For everyone

From a daughter to a son

It's a berg by the sea

For you and me

Old folks

Young folks

All are fine

But if you break the law

You'll do some time

In our city jail

You can post the bail

But you end up there

You know you've failed

So come on down

Have some fun

But when the law shows up

It's time to run

To Riverside

Eastward ho

If you can't behave

It's time to go

Ben Miles

Huntington Beach


Non-expert climate change debate is pointless

The challenge Congressman Dana Rohrabacher made to Sen. Barbara Boxer is ridiculous.

Two non-scientist politicians debating climate change research is arrogant and silly, little more than a stunt. No one learns anything except that one debater is better at bluster and sophistry, perhaps, but not the facts.

Second-, third-, and fourth-hand "knowledge" hardly makes the congressman or the senator experts.

What if C-SPAN staged a two day debate for the world to watch. Rohrabacher picks his expert scientists, Boxer picks hers. Each side is given time to present its research and evidence. Each side is given the opportunity to question the other. Then we all might learn something.

Jim Lammers

San Anselmo, Calif.

His penchant for hot-
button issues and abra
sive statements — global
warming is a “total fraud”;
the National Security
Agency violates your pri-
vacy; big government is
out to get you; be afraid of
radical Islam; and Oba
macare takes away your
rights — appeals to con
servatives and hides his
lack of legislative accom-
plishments, not to men
tion oratorical skills.

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