President Obama needs to come clean

To the editor:

I watched President Obama as he spoke about Republican attempts at drawing attention away from his agenda through “phony scandals.” I am one registered Democrat who also wants to understand the truths behind these scandals.

Our president has not brought a satisfactory conclusion to many of the events that have occurred during his presidency, whether it is Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal or the Department of Justice’s selective prosecution of the law.

Instead there is a wall of silence on the one hand and outright obfuscation on the other (remember Benghazi’s “it’s a video” rant?).

Unfortunately, we are not seeing the open and inclusive presidency that we were promised. What a disappointment?

Rick Johnson, Newberg

Parade entry not suitable for festival

To the editor:

This year’s Old Fashioned Festival grand parade was once again an enjoyable experience, except for the vehicle representing the John Birch Society with 10-foot posters of Hitler, Stalin and Mao.

I feel strongly that this extreme right-wing organization was completely out of place in our Old Fashioned Festival parade.

Dennis Gronich, Newberg

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