We need policies that create jobs
To the editor:
The total amount spent by big government in Washington under President Obama is $3.6 trillion. The taxes taken in was $2.4 trillion. That leaves a deficit of $1.2 trillion. This is not the act of sane, elected, political people, who represent us as a nation.
The president and the Democratic Senate keep trying to come up with more spending ideas like the stimulus and give-aways, such as the $4.7 billion lost in the support of green, environmental businesses. This is a scandalous use of taxpayers money with more scandals to come. President Obama all the time is taking care of his friends at the expense of the American economy.
People should be protesting against President Obama for calling for more spending after TARP, a multi-billion dollar bailout of big investment houses and banks too big to fail. The failed government housing policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stuck the taxpayers for $140 billion dollars in losses.
The result of these good intentions is just to blame problems on others, especially American businesses that try to create jobs. Democrats continue backing all the heavy regulations and uncertainties like Obamacare.
Why aren’t the so called progressive Democrats interested to getting Americans back to work? Are they out to foster extreme liberal destructive ideas against our free enterprise system of private business at the cost of our freedoms? Why are they supporting President Obama’s big government, job-losing policies of borrow and spend? They are creating even more debt, putting down everyone to a equal level in wealth like all socialist or communist countries.
Having a free-enterprise system, removing harsh regulations, and creating more certainty for American business would create millions of jobs. It can happen if we change by believing in America!
Prejudice drives opposition to president
To the editor:
Most Americans of whatever political affiliation are proud of our country even though their reasons for that pride may differ. I’m particularly proud that we have a country governed by laws that are arrived at by elected representatives, not by force. And that over time those laws, reflecting the attitudes of the majority, have consistently moved in the direction of supporting the rights of a diverse population, overcoming legal discrimination and creating an atmosphere for at least reducing societal prejudice—against blacks, women, Jews, homosexuals, and more.
But, sad to say, prejudice still exists and, in my view, is on display in a large portion of the opposition to the president. The whole “birther” foolishness has no basis other than the facts of the president’s skin color and “different” name.
Less silly but more important, the virulence of the objections to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) seems totally out of proportion to the reality of what the legislation does. This law provides health care to millions of people, not through the government but through free market commercial insurance companies. The government is less involved than it is in Medicare, a government insurance system liked by most, if not all, its participants. Why object so vehemently rather than trying to work on making the law better — maybe because it is a notable accomplishment of the man they don’t believe is a “proper” president for our country.
It is truly a shame to see one of the major political arms of our country captured by a vocal minority displaying this kind of mindless prejudice.
Teachers need more than ice cream
To the editor:
Regarding the story “Celebrating scholastic improvement in Lawrence,” Sept. 22):
The passionate commitment of Lawrence Public Schools educators is paying off with much-improved scores on the state assessments. We are glad that Receiver Jeffrey Riley celebrated with cake and ice cream parties at all the schools, but teachers deserve something more meaningful.
Teachers have been working without a contract for four years and have faced constant threats to eliminate collective bargaining rights. Riley spoke of the positive teacher-school leadership collaboration that helped bring about the recent improvements. We know collaboration works -- and the way to show that is to negotiate a contract that builds on the good work that has been started.
American Federation of Teachers
Thanks for donations to food pantry
To the editor:
I would like to recognize and thank Salem Cooperative Bank and the Sodexo company for their recent food and gift card donations to our food pantry. The food came at a time when Saints Mary and Joseph Parish community has been struggling to keep the food pantry shelves stocked so that we can help struggling families in Salem. The Bank not only collected food but also cash donations which were then used to purchase Market Basket gift cards in the amount of $300. In this way, families are able to purchase fresh vegetables and other perishables to supplement the canned and boxed foods that we provide.
It is good to live in a community that has a heart that cares for those who are struggling with their finances because of unemployment or underemployment. We will do our best to be good stewards of what has been entrusted to our parish. God bless you!
Deacon David Costello
Saints Mary and Joseph Parish