Letters to the Editor for April 18, 2013

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 11:44 p.m.

Show accountability

In response to The Sun's April 14 editorial, I would like to explain what I saw when I was at the transportation summit and listened for 4 hours.

The vast majority of the citizens who spoke only wanted the roads fixed before anything else was done with our tax money. And they didn't want the tax to run for 15 years because once the government has our dollars in its hands, it does as it pleases.

We don't need trolley cars or more bike lanes. The tax should be for nothing but roads for five years. At that time if the government is doing what it said, it could go back on the ballot for another five years. This will show accountability to the citizens and show that the government can be trusted again with our tax dollars — if not, no more money.

Darlene Pifalo,


Worn-out dogma

In 1934, Herbert Hoover warned that if our government did not cease its reckless spending, future generations would be faced with ruin. Fortunately, not too many people listened to Hoover. Seventy years later, Republicans in Congress, ignoring sound economics, continue to make the same discredited arguments.

In the later years of the Great Depression, government spending was cut and the results were a recession that did not end until government spending (brought about by World War II) increased again. Our government needs to invest in America, not starve it.

Did we learn nothing from the Great Depression? Have we learned nothing from the failed austerity programs in Europe the last few years? Why do we allow ignorance of economics to influence us with worn-out dogma?

Now is not the time to cut government spending on infrastructure, schools and medical care, but right-wingers have never cared about facts or science. We should.

George L. Barnett,


Civil discourse

My heart aches for the victims of Boston and of all other acts of violence here and abroad. Whether domestic or foreign, secular or "religious," this was definitely a terrorist attack by someone who chose to use violence as a proxy for speech.

Why can't terrorists instead engage in civil discourse protected under our Constitution? As clearly demonstrated by the Westboro Baptist Church, we allow people to speak freely even if many people are appalled by the message.

Those who choose terror do so because they know their message will not resound in civil discourse. Anyone employing terrorism against a free, democratic society tacitly admits that their ideas cannot be accepted by free people. Speaking through terrorism, they try, and ultimately fail, to persuade logical minds to do what they otherwise would not: cede freedom in our society for a lesser alternative, be it anarchy, theocracy or autocracy.

Robert O'Linn,


We need a Thatcher

The late Margaret Thatcher was a dear friend and conservative contemporary of Ronald Reagan. One of her more famous quotes was, “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money.”

With massive debt, bloated government, ever-increasing higher taxes, unaffordable health care, an unsustainable budget and little accountability on expenditures, one could make a case that we are living under a socialist-like government. We need a Margaret Thatcher in Washington.

Ernie Taylor,


Bloodless war

A link between meat consumption and heart disease, discovered by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic, is the latest evidence linking meat consumption to diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. Hazen's study showed that carnitine, an amino acid in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.

Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart and cancer mortality.

We have sacrificed the lives of 10,000 American personnel and trillions of dollars in waging two wars to avenge the deaths of 2,600 Americans in the 9/11 attacks. When will we wage a bloodless, low-cost war on the killer meat-based diet?

Larry Burnett,


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