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Froma Harrop's praise of Obama's economic success has some interesting details, however as usual pays no attention to the $17 trillion national debt. This debt increases $2.5 billion each day. It is easy to win friends and influence many with so many gifts. No previous president has been so generous. — Lynn Berntson, Jacksonville

Were the American people lied to about health care? They will pay more? They won't lose their current plan? They can keep it, etc.?

President Obama makes President Nixon look good. — Gordon Self, Talent

Sunday's opinion piece titled "No easy answers" had an air of hard-nosed practicality to it. Reflecting on the sluggish economy, the suggestion was made for all of us to lower our expectations.

I don't think that's the way to work us back to prosperity. In fact, it's a resigned, defeatist point of view. This society has more wealth today than ever before. The reason why middle-class citizens are being told they can't expect to live as well as their parents' generation is because we've seen a steady trend toward enriching the few at the expense of the many.

There aren't easy answers because we've been brainwashed into thinking that this social and economic inequity is simply a lamentable fact, something beyond our ability to change. And our obsessive concern with debt prevents us from investing in the very institutions that have always brought us out of debt, our educational system, our manufacturing industry, our social services.

Once we resign ourselves to lower paychecks (e.g., the Medford schools) we help perpetuate inequity across the board. The high road starts with awakening people to elect lawmakers willing to regulate the plunderers, and direct our resources toward job generation, toward supporting human rights, such as a living wage, instead of ideological abstractions that support the status quo. — Avram Chetron, Ashland

Medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas' first-cause argument has profoundly influenced modern philosophy. His argument assumes everything has a cause and the impossibility of an infinite regress of causes necessitates a first cause — a transcendent uncaused cause.

His theistic causality so permeates our culture that the concept of a self-generating universe is jarringly counter intuitive.

But physicists such as Lawrence Krauss, author of "A Universe from Nothing," and Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, coauthors of "The Grand Design," clearly explain the universe's spontaneous processes.

In his book, Krauss states:

"Quantum fluctuations, which otherwise would have been completely invisible, get frozen by inflation and emerge afterwards as density fluctuations that produce everything we can see ... We all, literally, emerged from quantum nothingness."

From "The Grand Design":

"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist."

Science's incredible forward leaps render meaningless the notion of supernatural intervention.

Were Aquinas living today, well-schooled in quantum physics, he would discover that the universe itself is the uncaused cause. — Marie Arvette, Medford