NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
We have been hearing ad nauseam the word sequestration.
Has anyone bothered to look up the meaning? To sequestrate means to seize or confiscate. Sequestration is the seizure of property, or a writ authorizing seizure of property. Are you wondering whose or what property is our government going to seize?
Our president has been scaring the daylights out of all the populace with the threat that if we don’t pass a bill to stop this “sequestration,” we will all lose our jobs, or our health care, or planes will not be able to fly or any of a thousand different things.
You do know that when the politicians talk about cutting the budget, what they really mean is that they will not spend as much money as they planned. Kind of like we do when the price of gas or food goes up and our salaries or pensions don’t. We bite the bullet and don’t spend what we don’t have.
The following is an excerpt from a mailing from Sen. Pat Toomey:
“Over the last 12 years, the federal government has doubled in size. If the savings of the sequester go into effect, total government spending in 2013 will still be greater than it was in 2012. My thought was: Why can’t we look for waste, inefficiencies and redundancies and trim spending there? For example: The federal government spends $50,000 for a Cowboy Poetry Festival, over $5 million for “sports diplomacy programs,” $35 million for an “old-fashioned style” trolley in St. Louis and $1 million to taste test food on Mars.”
I would love to have more money this year than I had last year. Those on a payroll just lost 2 percent of spendable income and our “leaders” didn’t bat an eye.
Lee S. Winter
NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
- Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor E-form
Send Letter to the Editor E-form
Promotion of Obamacare was product of deception
Editor, The News: Let us not totally focus on the over $634 million Obamacare website, which was created by a Canadian company (CGI).
Postage stamp promotes holiday for Muslims
Editor, The News: You’re kidding. President Obama has given his permission to the United States of America’s postal system to print a new stamp.
Bear memorial stolen from daughter’s grave
Editor, The News: Someone put a beautiful wooden bear on my daughter’s grave at Oak Park Cemetery.
Medical marijuana has long record of safety
Editor, The News: Re: Local family moving for marijuana treatment, Nov. 20.
Media fail to address black community woes
Editor, The News: Where is the racial leadership with the black community?
County jail operations must stay in public hands
Editor, The News: I have resided in Lawrence County all my life. My mother was employed by the county nursing home.
Community provided support for the troops
Editor, The News: On behalf of the volunteers of Operation Lifeline, we would like to acknowledge the local community for its generosity of time and talent.
Presidential candidates who shouldn’t have run
Editor, The News: If you want to know who should not have run for president, let’s finish the list: Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and assorted other Republicans.
Privatizing county jail puts profit over safety
Editor, The News: I was a former employee at Lawrence County Corrections for 11 years when I married and moved away, therefore resigning.
- More Letters to the Editor Headlines
- Letter to the Editor E-form