Eugene Robinson noted [“Passing the buck for Sandy,” op-ed, Oct. 30] that Mitt Romney has advocated stripping the federal government of its disaster-relief responsibilities.
As acknowledged by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), President Obama is doing a terrific job overseeing Hurricane Sandy-related relief efforts through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The president’s effectiveness in the coming days will go a long way toward demonstrating his outstanding leadership skills as a manager of national crises.
On the other hand, Mr. Romney’s absurd suggestion that investing money in federal disaster relief is “immoral” — and that it would be best to pass the buck for this responsibility to the states or to the private sector — starkly demonstrates the hypocrisy and ignorance that are the hallmark of his presidential campaign.
Steven Raikin, West Springfield