Anti-Tea Party, pro-tax stands getting old
I am dumbfounded when people ridicule others for opposing higher taxes. I don't understand why some want to take away a family's hard-earned money to give politicians more ammunition for their special-interest dirty work.
Early in the last century, people were upset when the United States levied a 1 percent tax on income. Since then, income and all other taxes have increased to a huge portion of the average person's gross income. I hear the progressive tax mantra, "If you have more, you should pay more," and laugh. I guess winning the Cold War and having an economy that makes Russia's look like a lemonade stand show us nothing about the capitalism-communism debate seemingly settled decades ago.
A person should not be punished for being successful. To take from one person and give to another is not the American way.
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For all you liberals out there who praise socialism, I am not saying well-to-do people shouldn't pay more, but where is the line? Should they pay 40 percent, 60 percent; heck, why not 90 percent? They're rich, right, they would still be able to survive. This is not capitalism, which is why liberals are smiling.
In addition, I would appreciate it if just one writer who disagreed with the Tea Party movement would do so on grounds other than "They're racist right-wing nut jobs."
Please have a coherent argument instead of pulling out the race card whenever anyone disagrees with you. After all, liberals are supposed to be tolerant.
A lot of people haven't heard of Jack Herer, who passed away in April, but he is credited with launching the modern hemp movement. He thought that hemp could save the planet and said so 30 years ago.
After the recent Gulf Coast oil spill, I think it's long past time that we should be finding alternatives to the toxic petrochemical base used in the products that we manufacture.
Hemp grows like a weed. Twenty-nine countries grow it, most of it in China, Russia and Korea.
Hemp doesn't have the psychoactive effect on the human mind that its look-alike cousin marijuana has, meaning that if you smoke hemp, you won't become intoxicated. The two plants, however, look a lot alike when being grown in the field.
Here are some uses for hemp: a type of plywood (building material) can be made from it; its seeds are nutritious and fit for human consumption; paper, clothing, rope and carpets can be made from hemp fiber; and it can be turned into plastic.
Does anyone remember the hemp-powered car that was driven across America some years back? It didn't make front-page news because hemp in the media is suppressed. Every car coming off the Detroit assembly line should be a flex-fuel car.
Finally, hemp doesn't pollute and it is not toxic. Giving hemp the green light would mean jobs for Americans.
Come back to us, Jack Herer.
Some 50 years ago I was required to read 1984 by George Orwell. It read as science fiction, but I found the book disturbing all the same.
Would my future Big Brother government really be able to see into my life on a daily basis? Know my allegiances? Know what I eat and drink? Know things I kept in the dark recesses of my mind?
Fortunately, that horror never appeared.
Unfortunately, for Shirley Sherrod and others, what has appeared is much worse.
It comes as right wing, left wing, 24-hour news (get it out there first and get the facts later), liberal, conservative, Tea Party, bloggers, leaks, Facebook, MySpace, twitters, e-mails, apps and instants.
There is online, off line, but there is no out of line.
There are quotes from reliable sources that must remain anonymous, because they are not supposed to be speaking on the subject.
People from all walks of life have given themselves permission to take half-truths and make them whole, along with a dose of self-righteous indignation and "off with their heads" mentality.
We have become a society infected with EDD (empathy deficit disorder). It has become an "us against them" mentality with little use for the truth, what is right or what is best for all. Winning at any cost has become more important than the cost of winning.
I have come to the same conclusion as my old pal Pogo who so aptly stated, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
Diane S. Lane
Make it work
Now that we've completed our annual celebrations of July 4th with the focus on our Declaration of Independence, we need to turn serious attention to the creation of our Constitution.
We're a lot more enthusiastic about affirming our freedom and liberties than we are at finding a responsible way to govern ourselves.
The Articles of Confederation did not work well in the 1780s. We needed a stronger central government but were understandably cautious about one too strong.
So after a protracted and divisive national debate, we got our Constitution. The Federalist Papers presented that debate with some of our best reflections on what government should be. For the subsequent 200-plus years we've been trying to live it out.
We are now stuck at local, state and national levels with how to make this government work. The basic issues are: What should each level of government do? How can we raise adequate revenue to pay for it?
It's past time we had some wise, open, conciliatory debate about these crucial matters.
What goes around
Okay, I'm lost. For more than 25 years I've been hearing about sanctions against North Korea and Iran. After that long what can be left? Or is it all just a joke?
And how could these millionaire bosses of mega-industries not have known that by moving textile, automobile and appliance plants overseas they were laying off future customers? Guess they don't care. They got theirs.
Regarding the dog that was mistakenly identified as a coyote by Franklin County animal control, I offer the following: Was the dog checked for a microchip? Was Fish and Wildlife contacted to assess the situation? Did a veterinarian have an opportunity to look at the dog?
I pray the outcome will be a wonderful reunion for the dog and its family, but I know the state and nation are outraged by this totally uncalled-for incident. I also hope those responsible are now unemployed.
The CentrePointe idea sure proved the vision of our leaders. Maybe they'll learn that you had better have the cash before you talk the talk.
Now the site needs a carousel, a little floating duck trough, a baby Ferris wheel, a few clowns, cotton candy and miniature pig races to bring back a little Joyland Park to Lexington. Kids will love it, and they won't know what a joke the whole idea was; the thing will at least make some money for the owners and add a little life down there.