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Changes under Obama not for the better

Updated: November 24, 2012 6:06AM

Changes under Obama
not for the better

Here’s why I will not vote for President Obama. He promised us hope and change. He has done nothing to give us hope. But, he has given us a lot of change.

Under his leadership, or lack thereof, these changes include but are not limited to the following: 75 percent rise in unemployment, 85 percent rise in gasoline prices, 49 percent increase in the national debt, 33 percent increase in debt per person. The federal deficit grew to $5 trillion from President Washington to President Clinton. In President Obama’s first 3½ years in office, the deficit has grown another $5 trillion! All the while, homes prices have plummeted. He can’t continue to blame President Bush and the Republicans for these problems. Republicans have controlled Congress only since the 2010 elections. On social issues, Obama is hastening the corruption and destruction of the fundamental institution of a civilized society, the nuclear family, by promoting abortion and so-called “same-sex” marriage. Also, he is usurping the constitutionally delegated powers vested in Congress by issuing 923 executive orders in the past 3½ years. This is nine times more than the total number issued by all the other presidents put together since President Washington. This is not creeping socialism — it is socialism run amok!

The movie “2016: Obama’s America” examines the question: “If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?” The possible answer as shown in the movie is cause for alarm and shuddering. I urge everyone to see “2016: Obama’s America” before Election Day.

L. Dean Hufsey


Editor’s note: According to the U.S. National Archives, President Obama has issued a total of 138 executive orders during his administration as of Monday.

Circuit court election choice: John Dalton

People often don’t know enough when they vote for the judges. Who sits in that judge’s chair is important. The decisions they make can change lives.

When we vote for judge on Nov. 6, one candidate stands out from his competition: John Dalton. John worked hard in school, and it bore results. He graduated at the top of his class at Augustana College and earned admission to one of the finest law schools in the country, the University of Illinois, where he again graduated at the top of his class and won a long list of awards for his academic achievement including associate editor of the U of I Law Review, prizes for civil procedure and trial advocacy, and the Order of the Coif (National Law School Honor Society), among others.

In his 25 years as a prominent trial attorney, John was an associate at a world-class law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; and spent nearly a decade in court with Rothschild, Barry & Myers, the same firm that produced Supreme Court Justice Stevens. He also worked in the law department at Sears, and was a senior vice president and associate general counsel at a global bank. Dalton currently owns his own law firm here in Elgin, where he represents all sorts of clients in a wide variety of matters, from the simple to the enormously complex.

Dalton also finds time to serve his community as a trustee at Elgin Community College, as a deacon in his church, and volunteering at countless local charities. Dalton was recommended for associate judge by the Kane County Bar Association in 2011, and was an arbitration chairman for 10 years, so he has experience managing a courtroom and deciding cases. Dalton is extremely well qualified to serve as our next circuit court judge.

Aaron Sellers


John Dalton’s experience makes him best choice
for judge

An oft-forgotten race during any election is that of judge. Few people realize it, but judicial races affect people’s lives whether you’ve ever been involved in a trial/lawsuit.

You want someone impartial, someone of character, someone with diverse trial experience and, more importantly, someone with knowledge of the law. In the race for judge in the 2nd Subcircuit, that person is John G. Dalton.

Dalton has been a trial attorney for 25 years, representing clients ranging from low-income individuals to large corporations in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. He’s spent 10 years as an arbiter, taking information from all sides and carefully rendering a decision in each case. In each instance over the course of his career, Dalton gained valuable experience and understanding of the law, which is important when serving on the bench.

His opponent, John Walters, has misrepresented that record, once in front of me, claiming that Dalton has only been in a courtroom seven times in Kane County, which is false and Walters knows it. But even if it was true, you don’t have to solely practice law in Kane County to be a Kane County judge; the law stays the same no matter if it’s Cook or Winnebago county. Dalton has handled hundreds of cases more than Walters. The citizens of Kane County deserve a judge who is fair, impartial and knows the law. I know John Dalton would be that judge.

Cristina Castro

Commissioner, Kane County Board 20th District


New report shows Romney uninformed about Benghazi attack

David Ignatius’ column in the Washington Post this past Sunday discloses that CIA memos provided to President Obama and his staff were explicit that the attack on the Benghazi consulate were in part in reaction to the mob unrest in Cairo:

“‘Talking points’ prepared by the CIA on Sept. 15, the same day that (United States U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice) taped three television appearances, support her description of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate as a reaction to Arab anger about an anti-Muslim video prepared in the United States.”

Mitt Romney has spent weeks calling Rice and President Obama liars when Romney has had no basis to do so other than the political ambition to be President. He has done his best to suggest to America and the world that President Obama, Rice and the Obama administration have been dishonest in public communications concerning this tragic event and cannot be trusted. The fact turns out to be that Romney has been uninformed and hopelessly out of his depth in dealing with such matters.

Alfred Y. Kirkland Jr.


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