Economic fix needed, or we'll be another Greece
I am concerned that not nearly enough attention is being paid to the financial crisis in Greece and Europe as a whole.
A meltdown across the Atlantic would have profound consequences in the United States, but it seems the media for the most part haven't given it the coverage it deserves.
America is far from being out of the woods regarding our own economic crisis, and yet Congress has done little to improve our situation. There is presently a bill in the House of Representatives, HR 1489, the Return to Prudent Banking Act.
This bill, if passed and enacted, would restore the protections that the American banking industry enjoyed from 1933 until the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999. The almost total economic collapse of 2008 was largely a result of that repeal.
HR 1489 now has 24 cosponsors in the House; none, so far, from Kentucky. I encourage everyone reading this to contact your federal representatives and urge them to support and co-sponsor this bill. America must lead the rest of the world back to financial security and HR 1489 is where it must begin.
Scott B. Pulliam
Ready for harvest?
As stated by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources writers: "The biology is indisputable. The Eastern Population of sandhill cranes can sustain limited hunting. Cranes have been hunted in the United States for 50 years, and flock numbers in all of the hunted populations are at all-time highs."
Yes, we have, through intensive conservation efforts, restored the population of the sandhill crane to greater numbers since its near-extinction.
However, the statement that populations are at "all-time highs" cannot be justified as there are no historical records of populations prior to their depredation during the 18th and 19th centuries.
I often joke that the slogan of KDFWR is "biodiversity means more things to kill."
After all, why would an agency cooperate in the restoration of an endangered species only to promote its sport killing?
Even Rocky Pritchert noted in "Sandhill Cranes: Growing Numbers Support Hunting Season," Kentucky Afield, Spring 2011, that: "Tundra swans and wood ducks joined sandhill cranes as game species that some believed would never recover. Some thought they would be lost forever, even after the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 protected them."
So as I understand it, KDFWR officials believe whenever a species is brought back from near annihilation as a result of overhunting and loss of habitat, it is once again ripe for hunting.
I simply do not understand this logic and cannot support the proposed hunting season in light of the department's own contradictory statements.
Mark L. Roberts
Unlike the majority of voters who put Sen. Mitch McConnell in office, he and his wife and most of his cronies are very wealthy.
It doesn't take long to figure out why he is against raising taxes for the wealthy.
McConnell is not aged, infirm and unable to work if work were available, therefore he believes in cutting Social Security for others. After all, it would not seriously affect him.
After serving only one term, our so-called representatives are entitled to good pensions immediately when they leave office, plus Social Security.
After a politician is elected, if his goal is to amass wealth and power, by two or three terms it can be accomplished.
So why do we have a two-term limit for the office of presidency and unlimited terms for senators and representatives? This is something we should consider seriously.
McConnell's motto seems to be, "Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind is made up."
Share and share alike
I'm tired of hearing Congress talk about "shared sacrifice" when I don't see them sacrificing and I see who they expect the sacrifice to be made by — thankfully not by our military and veterans, thus far.
It would be nice if they shared by taking a 20 percent pay cut; ended presidential payments for life; stopped buying exiting presidents new homes; and donated their retirement war chests to education programs they're cutting.
Then there is the matter of not wanting to raise taxes on millionaires or eliminate tax loopholes for large corporations.
Don't end tax loopholes, for example, on the major American oil companies who for years received cheap federal land leases, many for only a dollar a year. They have operated in collusion with an inefficient government office meant to oversee payments that haven't been made to Native Americans for mineral rights for years. They have received millions a year in federal subsidies; haven't paid adequate taxes since the 1960s and earned $400 billion a year in profits.
They aren't supposed to be a part of the shared sacrifice?
They're just an example of the corporations Republicans and Tea Party representatives say they don't want to end any tax loopholes for as part of the shared sacrifice they are expecting from all Americans.
Yet, the president says he is willing to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.
Doesn't sound like shared sacrifice to me.
Divided, we'll fall
The leaders of our country are divided over how to run things. The only winner may end up being our enemies and the ones we are fighting.
We either hang together or we go down together. How can this continual debate help unify our country and keep us strong in the world?
Our servicemen and women are risking their lives to protect the freedom that gives our officials the right to go on and on as they stall and bicker in Washington.
When our divided house falls, what will it matter who was right and who was wrong?
Maybe it is time to step back and take a good look at the big picture.
I just received the July-August issue of the AARP Bulletin. On page 3 was an article, "Our Big Money Moment," by Jim Toedtman, editor. It had the sub-title, "Eleven years ago, Congress heard the call for tax cuts, but missed the warning about what might result."
It is one of the best, clearest, and most pointed articles I have read about how we have messed up in the past decade with tax cuts.
Separately, I really enjoy reading the Herald-Leader. I concur with almost everything that you write. Good job. Reading the Herald-Leader is one of my favorite activities of the day. Thank you.
David F. Fraley