Letters to the Editor for Jan. 29, 2013
Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.
Be fair with pensions
Lawmakers are discussing taking away the state pension plan to "achieve a policy goal of state leaders who argue that government benefits should be more like those for the private sector workers whose taxes pay for them" (Sun, Jan. 24). We better be seeing the governor and legislators in Tallahassee having their benefits and pensions taken away, along with their exorbitant salaries.
Hillary Clinton's testimony on the Benghazi terrorist attack gave me pause. One senator asked why the administration insisted that the murder of our ambassador was the result of a YouTube video, instead of reporting a new terrorist attack.
In true Clintonian style that was reminiscent of her husband, she skillfully turned the argument around by insisting that the administration's explanation was not the issue, but rather it's how the problem could be fixed. The argument eliminated the accusation of lying with the use of a sympathy plea for the six Americans who died.
I was transported back to the '90s and reminded of the presidency of Bill Clinton. The underlying theme of that decade was that lying is subjective and therefore we cannot judge our politicians on honesty.
The administration's lie may not have caused our ambassador's death, but it shows how the administration plans to deal with terrorist attacks.
Individual constitutional protections are the fabric of our nation, but they are not absolute. Just as you cannot yell "fire" in a crowded theater, despite the constitutional protection for the freedom of speech, placing reasonable limits on gun ownership for public safety is responsible government. I urge lawmakers to outlaw high-capacity magazines, for the safety of our communities.
March was ignored
The March for Life this past Friday in Washington, D.C., had close to 70,000 participants, yet The Sun chose to completely ignore this newsworthy event. A march for gun control had maybe 1,000 and it rated an article in Saturday's and Sunday's paper. I guess your "Commitment to accuracy" only applies to social positions that you believe are relevant and some lives are more important than others.
Skin in the game
Obama's inauguration speech shows we are on the road that Argentina and Greece took — more spending and no debt reduction. Unless there are hard decisions to modestly change entitlements, subsidies and tax laws, it will only get worse.
We can't be all things to all people. We are coming up on five years of more than $1 trillion worth of spending debt. We have no budget — just continuing resolutions.
We would love to see the rich carry most of the burden, but they don't have enough money to sustain this madness. Make modest cuts of less than 10 percent and we can survive.
Everybody should have a little skin in the game. Right now almost half of workers pay no income tax. Consequently, they have no interest in how tax money is spent. A national sales tax would be easy, revenue neutral and tax people engaged in illegal activities.
The root of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary must be addressed. Guns don't fire on their own. Studies show that drugs are inextricably connected with violence. We are the most medicated people on our planet. Instead of tighter gun laws, let's look at the connection between prescription drugs, harmful food additives and violent crimes.
What if we each took responsibility for our well-being in what we consume, watch, act and play? What if doctors prescribed lifestyle changes instead of drugs?
The elephant in the living room is us. Let's look at what's occurring in our world, our schools and the economy as a reflection of the dysfunction in our culture. You can't legislate that into action but you can teach integrity, honesty and responsibility. I wish the politicians would respond to the economy and jobs as quickly as to gun legislation.
Ralph Kubicsek Sr.,
Withhold their pay
I heard President Obama say he would not guarantee Social Security checks, our soldiers' pay and Medicare if the debt ceiling isn't raised.
Why is it the scare always has to do with the Social Security, soldiers' pay and Medicare?
Why not chop your pay, your staff's pay or the pay of Congress? Let's hold the paychecks of all the House and Senate members and see how fast they resolve his mess.
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