Consumer economy needs wage harmony
A recent article told us that corporations are chugging right along but we, the people, are simply not consuming enough. This kind of news can only make one gag.
Wages stagnate. Workers take furloughs and pay cuts. Many who are not fortunate enough to hold mid-level jobs simply take on extra low-paying jobs. Let's not even mention the unemployed. How in the world can we spend the way we used to?
There are people who should be consuming more. Check them out on Executive PayWatch. For example, the CEO of PetSmart was given $3.5 million in 2009. That was 111 times more than what PetSmart paid its average worker. Hewlett-Packard and Black and Decker win the prizes, though. In 2009 they handed CEOs 946 and 426 times more than they paid their average workers.
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Had these companies been based in Europe, their CEOs would have been given only 20 to 30 times more than their workers. Fairness has left the building. Honesty and integrity walked out with it. If we look back at tax rates during the 1950s, we see how our country was able to build roads, schools, libraries and promote a strong middle class.
We, the people, got so comfortable we fell asleep. We were not paying attention as lobbyists helped write laws that benefited the very few. Labor costs were cut, so top management could earn more. Shareholders have not seen increased returns.
We have changed our national motto from "E Pluribus Unum" to "caveat emptor." The trouble is, even the wary buyer can't afford much.
Sara M. Porter
Gay rights overdue
I think it is long overdue for gay and lesbian people to have the freedoms they deserve. Every day, I see we are slowly getting there.
President Barack Obama needs to stick to his word about change we need — change in what is supposed to be a free country to live my life the way I choose.
Forget about the people who do not want gay and lesbian people to have the rights they deserve. There will always be racist and homophobic people who have nothing better to do than to rally against gay rights. I don't care if you are black, gay or different in any way; we are still American people who deserve better.
There are probably people reading this who do not believe in gay rights; but think about whatever you are passionate about, and picture that taken away from you — like guns, the right to breathe, etc. I wish Congress would hurry and repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." That is one more freedom gay people deserve.
Marriage is God's law
California federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, and both California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown have filed motions to begin gay marriages right away. This is proof that the state is bankrupt both morally and monetarily.
The Constitution isn't the creator of marriage and doesn't define it. God made marriage. We define marriage by God, not gays; by Jesus, not judges; by the Bible, not bureaucrats; not the Constitution, but by Christ's restitution.
God made male and female. For this reason a man will be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. God joined together men and women in marriage, but this judge wants to separate that and join together men with men. This is a perversion; and, quite frankly, it is atheism.
Are we to now change our national motto to "In Gays We Trust"? We can no longer say "In God We Trust" unless we add to all of our other sins the sin of hypocrisy. Under this new warm, fuzzy, progressivism we must now legalize polygamous marriage, incestuous marriage and pedophilic marriage (or better put, now the barn door is left open, here comes the barnyard).
So let us weave our diversity quilt and wait on judgment to fall. If God punished his own nation of Israel in the Bible for its sins, then he will punish America. The saying "If God doesn't judge America, then he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology" is true. According to prophecy, the end times are near. It's all here, right on schedule.
The average American who depends on the news media for information on global warming is at a great disadvantage in understanding the science and arguments that would emasculate this imagined crisis.
The disclosures of Climategate should have brought censure and dismissals for those involved. But the political consequences of such a response would have brought great financial harm to the universities where these miscreants expound their fabricated science.
During the investigations into the misconduct of these professors, no outside experts were allowed to testify. Only university staff colleagues were used to evaluate their conduct. It's akin to having Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid evaluate legislation proposed by Barney Frank. It would be a charade.
The hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money sent to these universities and government agencies is the payoff for their continuing supply of imagined horrors of this global crisis.
From the onset, only the trace atmospheric gas CO2, measured in parts per million, was promoted as the sole cause of the warming. The short period of warming from 1976 to 1998 was thrown in your face as proof the world was heating up at a rapid rate.
Since 1998, in spite of atmospheric increases in CO2, there has been no increased warming.
The climate models are wrong: all project warming trends, none cooling.
The government, politicians, news media and universities cannot afford for the Golden Goose to go away. So they renamed it "climate change" to accommodate both warming and cooling trends. Now, is that science or chicanery?
I am an avid Herald-Leader reader and love to work the Daily Commute crossword puzzle every day. On Aug. 6, however, there must have been the first and only error in the puzzle I have ever seen. On 62 across, the clue was "Nay" voter and, try as I might, I just could not get the word Republican to fit in only four spaces.
Law enforcement should refer to a driver cited for texting on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle as being "Intexicated"!