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I'm responding to the latest installment of a three-part letter to the editor series by Mr. Steve Grote. First, I want to give Mr. Grote credit for his writing ability, his letters grabbed my attention, were really interesting to read.

My only quibble is his relationship with facts and his understanding of the real world. All three of his letters demonstrated this. I will deal with only one glaring example in his latest letter "Liberal v. conservative views" of Nov. 18. In it, he states the following: "(It is noteworthy that President Obama does not have a single person in his cabinet and staff with business experience.)" That statement is not even remotely true. It is simply a variation of a right wing talking point promulgated by Glenn Beck and repeated by others.

In the real world, President Obama has quite a few people in his cabinet with top notch business experience. A simple internet search of their official government bios and various mainstream publications confirm this.

Here are some of them:

Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, co-founded Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc. According to USA Today, he sold his used Buick and cashed in some insurance policies to raise ,000 to start it. He is a self-made millionaire.

Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, worked in banking for 19 years. She became CEO of Recreation Equipment, Inc. in 2005. From her official bio: "During her tenure, REI nearly tripled in business to billion..."

Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, is a billionaire. She is ranked number 252 on the Forbes 400 richest Americans list with a net worth of .2 billion. She has more than 25 years experience in the real estate, hospitality, senior living and financial services industries according to her official bio.

We definitely have some serious issues to deal with in country. In order to solve them, the American people and the leaders we elect need to live in the real world and deal with as it is, using actual facts.

John T. Allen


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