Commentator Donté Hickman argues that President Barack Obama, like the late Rodney Dangerfield, doesn't get any respect ("Respecting the president and his strategies," April 10).

Apparently, we all should heed the better comprehension of the country's best interest by our leader, who happens to be a minority.

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Although I have respect for both the office and President Obama personally, I have little respect for policies that harm the nation. Doubling the national debt, enacting a disastrous health care entitlement without any support from Republicans, slapping never-ending regulations on businesses and running roughshod over the separation of powers established by the Constitution are among the many sufficient reasons to oppose the president.

Mr. Hickman also complains that the failure to move forward on the president's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court is the height of arrogance, divisiveness and obstructionism. I suggest he call up Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid for a lesson on that.

Judge Garland is getting the same treatment that Senator Reid and former Senator Obama gave to many judicial nominees of President George W. Bush.

All major polls indicate a substantial majority of the public believes the country is going in the wrong direction. This has more to do with President Obama's leadership than mere subjective ideologies.

Robert C. Erlandson, Lutherville

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