First person singular
Individually, U.S. senators and representatives get passing grades from their constituents. Thats mainly because legislators enact laws allocating federal funds for pet projects in their states or districts. The president may project a good guy persona, but he is of the same ilk. He will veto any legislation with which he disagrees.
Collectively, the people we have sent to Washington to do the nations business arent worth a tinkers damn. They are too busy pushing their own agendas and inflating their egos. The word compromise is not in their vocabularies. But they fully understand the meaning of every word in the first person singular.
As a nation we must find the middle ground. The fringes are tearing us apart. Those on the far left and the far right have brought us to a near standstill. We dont have annual budgets anymore; we have short-term, stop-gap continuing resolutions. We have to raise the debt ceiling regularly. Thats no way to run a country.
Lincoln said a house divided against itself cannot stand. Granted, he was referring to the issues which led to the Civil War. But the same warning applies to a nation as politically and ideologically divided as we are today. We are going down a slippery slope. And we need leaders who will put their country first and do the jobs they were elected to do.
-- Robert L. Lehane
Pray for guidance
What has gone wrong in Washington? Can they not do the job they were elected to do? Congress is playing politics with peoples lives. Do they have any inkling of the turmoil they are causing in peoples lives? Do they care? This situation never would have occurred if they had been doing their job.
This country was founded on Christian principals. The men who drew up the Constitution based the laws on that document. The first joint meeting of Congress was held in St. Paul Chapel in New York City. It was then the capitol. After President George Washington was sworn in, he led them to the chapel so they could pray for wisdom and the country.
I think this president and Congress should get on their knees and pray for forgiveness and guidance. Then they should work together to get this country back to the great nation that it can be.
-- Thomas Arnold
For the upcoming Congressional elections let us VOTE THEM OUT.
-- Linda Monroe
Small band of rabble
We have a democratic republic, we have a bicameral legislature with over 200 years of (at times, bumptious) experience in governing the nation. What we do not have and should not stand for, is any faction taking over or shutting down our government outside of the legislative process in order to get their way. Whether the subject is Obamacare, the sequester or anything else, this is the stuff of tin-horn dictatorships and the Beer Hall Putsch.
We cant do more than lament it when we see it happen in some Third World country, but we must, to preserve the country we love, raise our voices at those who want to trample the processes we all memorized in Social Studies,
Yes, we are in a mess. So was Germany after World War I. There they let their established government fall by the wayside for a leader who would restore his country and end its gridlock over the economy. It took Hitler and utter ruin to show that governance, not a single-minded agenda, is the proper role of government. President Obama may not be adept at working the legislature, but thats no excuse for one small group of know-nothings to tie the hands of Speaker Boehner (one of the greatest compromisers in the history of the House) in working with the president to put reason, the common good and vote tallies, back in charge -- whatever winding path that takes us down to the eventual successful continuation of these United States of America.
-- Fred Brown
Wiping out the exemption
I just read the article in The Telegraph on the proposed tax increase on seniors in Centerville. Their reasoning to do away with the exemption made some good points, but did not say anything of the negatives it will cause. Seniors spend a lot of money there; what we might call extra funds in Centerville. When they get to a certain age cooking is one of the things we dont want to do or cant do anymore so we go out to eat. If the tax passes the money used for this purpose will dry up. Seniors might spend less on gifts and this will have a negative effect on the business in town and will effect the sales tax revenue. Another point, have you noticed that politicians always use hyperbole when they want money. I feel they already have enough of our tax dollars and they will just waste more if this measure passes. Vote no on this amendment.
-- Jerry Schnee
New fire truck
To the senior citizens and right thinking people of Centerville, Councilman Ed Tucker wants a new fire truck. Last year he wanted another road into the mall, all at the expense of the senior citizens who were given guarantees they would not have to pay property tax when they hit 70. Is a new fire truck more important than keeping promises?
-- Jim Huber
Slick Teddy Cruz
Patting yourself on the back with one hand for shutting down the government, while using the other to slam Obama for the government being shutdown is -- well, down right slick. Slick Teddy Cruz, would you buy a used government from this man?
-- Randy Dodd
I would still like to know why people think it is OK to hold a gun to my head, via the fed, over the Affordable Health Care Act and why I should have to double support those who dont have insurance. Currently, I pay local taxes to cover those who are indigent and need health care, and I am to think that my taxes are going down, now that we have AHCA? Nope, not gonna happen, no way, no how.
What amazes me is the fact that there are people out there who choose not to have health care due to cost and allow the fed to pick up the cost via Medicare/Medicaid. Dont tell me its not happening as I know first hand of this going on locally. I distinctly remember when we went to the doctors office and my parents paid out of their own pocket for my visit, then my dad got a job with benefits that would allow us to go to the doctor and the company would pay. Now, we have people who dont work and get health insurance for free because you and me work. Dont hold a gun to my head via the federal government to force me to pay for someone elses health problems.
I dont understand where this country has gone and I certainly dont understand those who want socialized medicine. I dont care if the Supreme Court has made it legal, the actual act itself is morally wrong!
-- Steve Barker
We are bombarded with acts and threats of terrorism daily, some real and others out of fear of what could happen. When a small group of individuals conspire to induce fear on a larger group to further their opinion, is that not terrorism.
We have a small group of politicians and their constituents (tea party), who have taken the entire country hostage to further their agenda. Many of the middle class are suffering from their actions and would suffer even more if we play with default on the national debt. These individuals will not be affected by any loss of investments to the degree that middle class Americans will.
We need to have a grass roots movement to expose the actions of a few that will negatively affect the lives of many.
-- Clarence Enos
With all the controversy over Medal of Honor recipient Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer and his book, I think all Americans owe Medal of Honor recipient Army Capt. William Swenson, a peoples Medal of Honor for telling the truth in the face of U.S. commanders imposing politically driven rules of engagement. In the Ganjgal Valley conflict Sept. 8, 2009, where people were being slaughtered, calls to a nearby U.S. base failed to provide air support or adequate artillery cover.
The battle that lasted over six hours cost the lives of five American servicemen and many others. It is said two Army officers later received career-ending reprimands. How many career-ending reprimands where involved in the conflict slaughter of our ambassador to Libya and others? How many request and calls were ignored for support and help? How many militant leaders and department heads received promotions or retained their honorable pro-status quo?
One would think our great leaders would have learned a little something from the Ganjgal Valley conflict and made sure calls for artillery and militant support would never go unanswered again. However, they were singing the same political song in the Libya/Gaza conflict. Now saying they are still learning will not suffice; only a replacement will do.
-- Faye W. Tanner
Sanctions in place against North Korea should be expanded since they have refused to sign the non-aggression pact. America has been wasting billions of dollars a year since the 1950s. North Korea is a world problem and time has past for resolution. The hierarchy lives lavishly, while the masses suffer. Let all of the members of the United Nations unite to stop a mad man.
-- Joe Hubbard