September 8, 2011 Issue


The federal government cannot be a cure all

Dear Editor:

In response to Mr. McCoy’s letter, Ronald Reagan said, “I believe in states’ rights ... I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment.” This is a true statement. One only needs to look at the 10th amendment of the Constitution to see how the founding fathers felt about giving too much power to the central government.

The elderly were never put at risk during the debate over raising the debt ceiling. The rhetoric that Obama used was intended to scare the elderly and others into thinking that their money would be at risk. The truth of the matter is the government would have had enough money for Social Security, Medicare and the Military with some left over. Other programs would have seen a 40 percent cut in their budgets but, you need to remember, a great many of those programs are unnecessary to begin with and need to be eliminated.



Yes, there was a problem when Obama went into office but his policies have made the problem even worse. It’s time to stop blaming Bush for everything that Obama does wrong. Socialism has never succeeded anywhere in the world and it isn’t the answer for us.

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program is a travesty. The federal government has no business in the education arena. That is something that should be handled on the state and local level. We have national tests (SAT) and state tests that determine how well a school system performs. Teachers need to be relieved of the paperwork involved with the NCLB and allowed to do what they do best and that is: teach.

Racism does exist but that term is bandied about so much that few even know the meaning. Racism is believing that one race is superior to another. Disagreeing with Obama on his policies and his politics isn’t racism. Disagreeing with someone’s actions isn’t racism. Wanting our country to get back to following the Constitution isn’t racism.

One of the biggest reasons why our youth get into trouble is the lack of two parent families. When a young man has no positive male influence in his life, he will too often find a different type of influence in the wrong places. This applies to young ladies, too. The family structure was devastated by the “Great Society” when welfare became a way of life and marriage was discouraged because the much needed help would be eliminated if a single mother did marry.

I agree with Mr. McCoy that something needs to be done. We need to reduce the regulations that the Obama administration has implemented that are stifling the business community. We need to stop the EPA from creating ridiculous regulations that don’t help the environment but do stop jobs. We need to reduce peoples dependency on the federal government as the cure-all. We need to become self-reliant again and willing to accept responsibility for our own lives.

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

“Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.”

Is our country nearing the end of its existence as we know it? I certainly hope not but we must take action now to prevent our collapse. The Tea Party is hope. Hope for the future. They must be on the right track because they are being attacked from all sides by those who would lose their power.

John Bryan
Proud Member of the Tea Party

We owe a debt of gratitude

Dear Editor:

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday? The reason we celebrate Labor Day is largely because of the contributions made by unions to the betterment of America’s workers. The numerous beneficial influences of organized labor cannot be ignored. Most of the benefits workers now enjoy are directly attributable to unions. To cite but a few: the 40-hr. work week; paid holidays and vacations; sick leave; grievance procedures, collective bargaining and generally superior wages.

Unfortunately, succeeding generations have come to take those benefits for granted. Those benefits came about because of unions and soon became the norm for union workers and many non-union workers as well.

All American workers owe a debt of gratitude to Organized Labor for its achievements.

Paul G. Jaehnert


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