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February 25, 2014
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Letter: Know the facts about government

Historical look at exec. orders

I have some sage advice for those decrying the issuance of executive orders: Do not take opinions from unreliable sources. Also, engage brain before putting mouth in gear. In other words, know what you are talking about.

In point of actual fact, executive orders are what makes the executive branch of government work. The most famous executive order was the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the South. Executive orders apply only to the executive branch of government, and are subject to court review.

The right likes to forget that Mr. Obama was a constitutional law professor, whereas the right depends on Hannity and Limbaugh for its opinions. If we were that impeachment happy, we should have impeached Ronald Reagan for supplying illegal arms to the Contras, or George W. Bush for keeping the wars he started off the books, so we couldn’t know what they cost us. In other words, the important stuff. I urge the spokespeople for the right to be more careful with facts.

David Grant

Myrtle Creek

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