Extending tax cuts bad for everyone but the wealthy
President Barack Obama's compromise, or capitulation, on extending the Bush-era tax cuts, plus adding more cuts will increase the national debt by more than $1 trillion when the unnecessary wars are added. Our government will have to borrow the money to pay for the cuts and continuation of the wars.
This will increase inflation, interest rates and the costs of everyday living for the middle- and lower-income working Americans. It will adversely affect job creation and our standard of living.
The next step will be to cut spending; and the Republicans will focus on earned entitlements such as Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and military health benefits.
Obama has already said he favors a 1.4 percent pay increase for the military. This is the lowest pay raise in almost 50 years and is a strange thanks for those who have been fighting our wars for 10 years. This really adds up to a tax increase for the middle class and our most needy.
All of this while big business and the most wealthy Americans receive huge tax cuts ostensibly to stimulate the economy and earn more for investors. Job creation will be very uncertain. This is another victory for the Republicans, who are willing to borrow from the future of the elderly, our children and grandchildren to continue the unnecessary wars and support the most wealthy Americans.
Why is it Kansas University's Josh Selby and Mississippi State University's Renardo Sidney are ruled eligible when benefits were clearly received, while Kentucky's Enes Kanter is completely out of the question?
University of Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl can lie on multiple occasions and get only a small tap on the hand. Just doesn't seem fair.
Christmas and sodomy
For Christmas 2009, the high command of the state's "Death Party," Gov. Steve Beshear, gave us the official "holiday tree." This year, the Herald-Leader, on the Sunday before Christmas, literally proclaimed the gay tidings with great joy of open sodomy for the U.S. military. Despite the clear teaching contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, I wonder if there was a single local Catholic pulpit that dared declare that sodomy is still a sin. I heard a righteous pastor on Clays Mill Road had the courage to speak the truth in the tradition of the one Christ himself called the greatest born of woman — John the Baptist.
Early on, godless liberals tossed out the Bible and prayer from our schools. Fifty years later, the de-Christianization of a once blessed and great America is now far advanced. Actions have consequences. America's decline is not over.
A. Patrick Schneider II
Reason for the season
I appreciate the Fox News Channel for reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas. It is the only television channel on which I have seen the acknowledgement of the true reason for the season, the Christ child. Christmas is not about the parties and the presents even though our economy benefits from shoppers year-round. Neither is Christmas over on Dec. 26, when you see a lot of trees already discarded for pickup.
Only a few short years ago, the start of the official Christmas season was the day after Thanksgiving. Now, retailers start marketing Christmas in early October. The 12 days of Christmas actually begin on Dec. 25 and extend through Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany or el Dia de Los Tres Reyes, the day of the Three Wise Men.
We are blessed that Christmas Day is a national holiday in our country. We can attend church without the fear of danger to our personal safety, which is not the case in many countries. It is never too late to start anew by keeping Christ in Christmas.
Beware of thieves
I feel a responsibility to let the people of our town know what is going on. It has happened many times; but when it happened to me, it got me to thinking.
On Oct. 28, one of my neighbors came to my home and said, "Your door is open to your store." Now, it's not a store anymore, but we keep things in it. We went up there, and I couldn't believe it. Every wire in my store had been taken. From the electric box all the way through the ceilings, they were torn out.
I never found out who did it: but just a few days ago, they went upstairs and tried to do the same thing. Downstairs, they had cut every wire off TVs, air conditioners, anything that had a wire on it.
The reason I think the people should know about this is because it's the holidays. People will leave their homes and maybe come back to $10,000 or $20,000 in damage.
I was at home but other people might not be. People should not leave their houses alone.
A joy to Gainesway
Thank you for the article on Betty Stewart. Reading it brought back wonderful memories of living up the street from the Stewart family on Castleton Way South.
One year (in the early '60s), Stewart decided we needed a Fourth of July parade. She walked up and down the street and gathered all the children, and we had an impromptu parade. It was such a hit Stewart put together the Gaines way Fourth of July parade every year. I still have pictures of those wonderful celebrations.
Thanks to her from all the Gainesway kids.
Maggie Cox Hanrahan
Make shelter year-round
In January, there were 1,551 homeless people counted in one night. During the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Catholic Action Center provided an emergency shelter to help keep the unsheltered off the streets.
The shelter provided a place to receive mail, use the restroom, take a shower, wash clothes, have a meal and, most important, to feel welcomed. But when the Games ended, these people were back on the streets.
After volunteering to help during the Games, I noticed there are not enough shelters in our communities, and the ones available have many limitations, leaving many people with nowhere to go. This shelter should become ongoing, which would allow this population to feel it's a part of our community, gain a sense of self and become self-sufficient.
The Catholic Action Center is an all-volunteer, faith-based organization that could use the extra promotion and advocacy. The volunteer staff tries its best every day to provide the unsheltered with services such as free clothing, laundry, food and housing.
As a student of social work, I believe in the dignity and worth of every individual. A lot of these people are battling with mental health issues, are veterans, have children and/or are victims of domestic violence. They all deserve another chance at independence.
Let's come together to make this shelter an ongoing resource. This will not only strengthen our homeless population, it will strengthen our city as a whole.