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Tom Ault

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

It is a rare time that I take sides in the political climate of this country, but this is one time I feel it is necessary.

I don't know how many of you watched the Town Hall Meetings the other night, but if you did not, you should have tuned in just to evaluate the show rather than the candidates put on trial.

In those meetings, the moderator is to do one job. That job is to moderate, not argue, raise their voices and destroy proper etiquette. They are there to allow the participants to ask their questions without inserting their own opinions. Unfortunately, Savannah Guthrie did a very poor job of handling that assignment. She was loud, aggravating, self-promoting, and argumentative. She continuously interrupted and made every attempt to anger the president!

On the other hand, we have George Stephanopoulos, who was very gracious, treated Joe Biden with extreme kindness, and appreciation for his being there. Almost with kid-gloves. I did tend to wonder however why Biden had to refer to notes when making answers. Saying that, I further question how he would know what notes to make since supposedly he had no knowledge of the questions to be asked.

Last, but by no means least, why are no questions being asked about how the national debt of $17 trillion is going to be paid? There is concern that the global bank community is not going to continue to loan us money when we can't even pay back the interest which amounts to more than my mind is able to comprehend.

I know this seems confusing to have more than one question floated, but all need to be addressed.

We need to know when reporters and journalists will start doing what they are supposed to be doing instead of continuing in the path of attempting to convince us all that they are experts. We also need to know when we are going to have fiscally minded people instead of foolish spendthrifts in our government. We cannot continue on this spending spree, or we will soon have a dollar worth about two cents.

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