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July 5, 2014

Waiting for a debate when facts are in

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

It has been very interesting to watch the dynamics of the “conversations” between Richard Audino, Robert Pitzer and Philip Granato regarding Audino’s letter to the editor of May 20.

From the content and context of the May 20 letter, it appeared that Audino was “itching” for a debate regarding President Obama’a declining approval ratings, which, since May 20, have dropped even lower.

I am sure that we can all agree that survey ratings are all about perceptions and not necessarily about facts. Pitzer and Granato offered their opinions why they feel the president’s approval ratings are tanking, and I agree with their assessments.

Audino suggests a debate requiring facts to back Pitzer’s and Granato’s assertions. I challenge Audino to cite facts to prove his assertions as well. A debate at this time may be premature as most of the issues cited by Pitzer and Granato are under investigation. There are few facts to back anyone’s assertions.

To borrow a legal term, the investigations are still in the “discovery” phase. Consequently, at this point in time, there are mostly opinions, none of which are wrong.

Obama may be performing all the duties and tasks that Audino describes, but the general opinion of the public is that he is not performing them effectively — hence the poor approval ratings.

I salute all three gentlemen for taking their conversations public through their “letters to the editor.” These are important issues to debate when the facts are revealed. Count me in.

Dan Bailey

Edwin Drive

New Castle

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