Letters to the editor, Feb. 15
TBO.comThe home loan refinance boondoggle
Published: February 15, 2012
Published: February 15, 2012
The latest method to buy votes just hit the airwaves. I'm talking about $25 billion being taken from the tax payers to give to the 49 percent who don't pay income taxes.
Mr. Obama was the teacher who taught his radical group, you know who I'm talking about here, from Chicago how to force, through sit ins and marching around their front doors, banks to give loans to people who could not afford them.
The people who took the loans out knew that they could not afford them over the long haul but they also knew that with the liberals in Washington, D.C., there would also be a bail out coming along for them.
I would be willing to make a bet that there will be another bailout for another group in the very near future. God, I'm sorry, it is already in the works. They are working at continuing to take 4 percent out of the money that is supposed to go in the Social Security Trust Fund. We already know that there will be other little pork packages in there for other things. The Senate after all belongs to the Democrats so they will be putting their little extras for their base.
This same base will be singing a different tune when 2014 rolls around. That's when an expected 1 percent fee for the government will go forward. This is a fee on every transaction that you do at your bank.
You cash your paycheck, they will take 1 percent. You use your debit card in a store or at an ATM, they will take 1 percent. Seniors on Social Security can expect a letter that will inform you that you have to give them a bank number so they can auto deposit your check. Oh, guess what, they are going to take 1 percent of that check. The same will apply to military retirement checks. Anybody that gets a check auto deposited will feel this.
Isn't this administration doing great things for you? Wait until 2014 when the Obamacare boondoggle goes to work. One of the little things in there I'm told is an automatic removal of funds from your bank to pay your fine if you don't buy insurance.
You think the prices are going to go down? Think about this before you start to yell, "Yah!" The insurance companies will have a captive group to take money from.
You "have to buy insurance" even if you don't want to. I think that if I was running a business and you had to buy from me because the law said so, I would be hiking my price as much as I could get away with.
Does the auto insurance industry ring a little bell, or the home insurance industry, and also the Medicare supplement insurance companies? What kind of deals are you getting from them?
There are some real foolish people in this country. Most of them belong to the liberal Democratic base. I can't wait to hear the screaming.
Policy might do more harm than good
I am writing in regards to the article titled "Advocate sees red flags" written in November 2011.
The thought of adding a new teen dating violence prevention policy to the school system has me concerned.
More victims will fail to report abuse if they feel like everyone is going to judge them. It is hard enough for them to stand up for themselves now and go forth in contacting the Dawn Center.
I agree with Michelle Rio when she states that "they should keep victims information private." I think Michelle is completely right for bringing this new policy problem to everyone's attention.
I believe that once the victim gets in contact with the Dawn Center then they will be able to keep the victim safe from that point on with all of their resources and training available.
Therefore, I am just writing this letter to state that I do not agree with this new policy as it will decrease the numbers of teens reporting violence.
Big oil regulations needed
The recent columns about how the new pipeline will mean lower gas prices made the hair on my neck stand up.
Where have we heard that before? How about if you let us drill in Alaska or drilling in the gulf will bring the prices down and lessen our imports.
Well were still waiting and gas is $3.50 a gallon and on the rise. All the conservation we Americans have bought into, like the 40 mpg shoe boxes we drive, electric cars and trucks, driving less and what do the oil companies do to thank us? They take all that saved oil and sell it out of the country adding billions to there bottom line and keeping are prices at record levels.
I'm tired of scraping together gas money to drive my car so big oil can make record profits. If there ever was an industry that needed strict guidelines and regulation this is the prime candidate. We as a country should be rewarded for our conservation and sacrifice not exploited and lied to. Take care of the people who trusted you to live up to your promises.
James T. Woods
Some things never change
Have you ever doubted your beliefs? How about second guessing your decisions or political opinions?
If you're as old as I am, I guess you could say that you're from the old America and not the new and improved.
As hard as it would be for my kids and grand kids to believe there was a time when I was a rebellious teen. Once while I was in the Army one of my sergeants said that I was the only person he ever knew who could be walking past a demonstration and end up on the platform. Yes, that was me.
I think back then, a good majority of teenagers were the same. Enough so that they could probably relate to a line Marlon Brando spoke in the movie, "Rebel without a Cause." Someone asked him what he was rebelling against, and he said, "What do ya got."
We all swore that we'd never grow up to be like the two prison guards we thought our parents were. We rebelled at every turn. We even thought rebellious thoughts. Thoughts our parents never knew. Thoughts that reassured us of our dedication to the cause. And if nothing else, made us feel good about ourselves.
Then, a funny thing happened and for the day or two it took us to get over it, maybe not so funny. One morning each of us climbed out of bed and in utter terror found that we'd joined the society we'd been so strongly rebelling against.
Then to make life a bit more realistic, even discouraging, we'd look in the bathroom mirror each morning and little by little we began to see how much we were beginning to resemble our mom or dad. How did it happen, what happened?
We were the 60s generation! We were young and we were strong, and we were moving on. We were going to change the world. But I guess as hard as we tried the world and the time that rules us all did to us, what it has done to each and every generation.
So here we are men and women in our golden years worn by time, and the trials and tribulations that life heaps upon all of us.
The same trials and tribulations that today's young rebels are going to have to face. Then one day, they too will look in that bathroom mirror and on that day as hard as they try to rebel against it they too will join the same society all of us rebelled against.
It won't be an easy road. It never has been. But I do wish them luck.
David A. Robinson