Once again, U.S. trying to spend its way out of debt
With some states considering filing bankruptcy and Sen. Rand Paul and others wanting to cut much funding, our taxes will triple and our politicians will continue spending and borrowing from China to fight a war so Halliburton can control oil-producing countries' politics and oil distribution and prices.
Greed and political kickbacks have gotten America in debt, the dollar has lost its value and our supposed leaders are asking China to raise the value of its money so we will have to pay back much more than we would if left as is.
Maybe this bunch is going to do like President Ronald Reagan and spend its way out of debt.
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Bankruptcy merely moves things, not money. Corporations are robbing our government by refusing to pay taxes.
Our representatives are trading our country for foreign companies' campaign money.
Lock them up
I read the Feb. 6 article about the skinned dogs in Greenup County. To say I felt anger is an understatement. I cannot call the people who did this human or animal. The words gutless, mindless savages come to mind. I have to wonder if they have children and how they treat them.
What possesses a theoretically intelligent human being to do such a thing? A huge lack of intelligence, I think. A lack of human compassion or feeling for life of any kind.
These kinds of human beings, if I can in good conscience describe them as such, are a danger to themselves and any living, breathing species around them, including humans.
Fines are simply not enough. These savages need to be removed from society just like child molesters so as not to contaminate our children with their sick minds.
Someone must know who these people are. Turn them in now, please.
Flat tax equalizes
The Jan. 26 "Just come in legal" letter was mistaken about undocumented workers wanting "the rich landowners to pay your taxes."
Nobody was implying the rich should pay the taxes. Quite the opposite. The rich should pay their own personal taxes from the income made off the labor of these people.
Better yet, any employers should be fined for hiring these illegal immigrants, paying them in cash and not reporting them to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
If the rich and the poor would just pay their "fair" share of taxes, the middle class wouldn't have to carry the load. And we wouldn't have the national debt.
With the middle class losing jobs because of downsizing and layoffs, the economy is getting worse. Let's not forget about the good-paying jobs in manufacturing and high tech that left the country 16 years ago because NAFTA was implemented.
Tax reform with everybody paying the same flat rate would stop this mess. Yes, take taxes out of welfare checks, too.
Anybody can become poor if they can't find a job. I admire people who are willing to reinvent themselves and work any type of job.
Guess what, folks? We are all in this boat together. We will sink or swim together.
Alberta J. Toomey
Why we fought
The Feb. 6 commentary "What's the real crime here?" pointed out that an Ohio woman received a felony conviction for tampering with address records to allow her children to have a better education in better schools.
The conviction ended her dream to become a teacher. All this action on her part to better her children's future is now down the drain. And her future?
I went though hell in combat in World War II to make this country and other countries a better place to live and work for ourselves and our children, in total freedom for all.
I guess we still have a long way to go, so all might have equal treatment.
My time as a prisoner of war in Germany for one and one-half years was all for naught in today's way of thinking.
This woman's felony verdict should be overturned to allow her to get on with her life.
Time to rebuild
Once upon a time, a carpenter looked at his house and saw it needed a new roof. But it had leaked so long the trusses had rotted.
Likewise the ceilings were stained, decayed and falling in; the plumbing was bad; the wiring shot; the floor falling in and windows needed replacing. Even the foundation had eroded.
His wife, being of average wisdom, asked, "Why are you borrowing a pipe from the kitchen to fix the plumbing in the bathroom? And why move a window from the living room to the bedroom when both need replacing? Why replace the roof when the foundation is barely able to hold up the decaying walls? Why don't you just tear the entire thing down, destroy every system — or let it destroy itself — and start all over?"
Once upon a time, Uncle Sam looked at his house and said, "Oh my! Social Security is in trouble; and so is our medical program, unemployment, disability and the welfare program. People who can't work or refuse to work are helping to destroy us financially. More and more people are leaving the taxpaying role and getting on the receiving role. What do I do?"
Has the carpenter's wife advised Uncle Sam?
Phillip E. Perkins
Lexington has a bright future under the leadership of Mayor Jim Gray and the new council. They will build on the enhanced infrastructure developed for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the accolades the city is getting around the country for being a great place to live and work.
As a frequent visitor to Lexington, I see the downtown as the heart and soul of a university town.
The downtown is a vibrant arts scene with diverse programming at the Kentucky Theatre, creative shops from January on West Short to Mulberry and Lime, coffee shops like Third Street Stuff, a vast array of quality eateries, art and music shows, nightclubs and the Farmers Market.
Residents and visitors enjoy walks and jogs in the historic neighborhoods and trace the steps of Lincoln and Clay. Downtown has a sense of community and is a friendly neighborhood.
In order to continue the residential and visitor friendliness, I encourage city leaders to revisit its downtown parking polices.
I am disappointed that LexPark limits the availability of residential parking in the historic neighborhood on Second Street, forcing residents to go to parking garages, pay higher fees than other Lexington residents or move their vehicles frequently.
My son returned from the Peace Corps last year to find two parking tickets in one day while he spent the day with my other son, who lives downtown. And I could go on and share unpleasant parking ticket and parking boot tales of local residents.