Obey's budget solution has merit
I’ve recently run across some sanity in politics.
It seems that Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wisc., has come up with a way of dealing with the insanity of budget cuts while Pentagon spending grows daily.
He said he would withhold action on the war funds until there was some resolution on a major economic relief bill extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and popular tax breaks for individuals and businesses.
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Why does this bit of refreshing concern for Americans seem to be his exclusive domain?
Why is there no outcry for those who have lost their jobs — and thus can’t pay taxes — while we are funding the newly crowned “longest war in American history?”
Isn’t this currently our third war?
This seems like a great piece of leverage that shouldn’t go unnoticed, something that should be seeing some public outrage, some support for the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
Perhaps even some repercussions for those who vote for war above all?
Perhaps it is well and truly the time to put a stop to this policy of endless war and try to restore the winning pride we once felt as Americans. This might even help fund the recovery from the Gulf fiasco.
KIRK TAYLOR; Yelm
Driver distractions are many
I just do not understand why everyone is trying to stress the enforcement of the new cell phone law because of drivers being distracted. What about the distracted drivers who have their dogs riding on their laps? That needs to be illegal and have a fine with it. What makes them think that making turns while having a dog running on their laps and licking their face is a safe way to drive? Take in this bit of info and really think about all the ways a person could lose there life due to distraction other then just cell phones.
HIDEEANN SHIELDS; Olympia
Give thanks for those who make a difference
At this time of year many parents are going through transitions with their children. We are so busy with graduations, projects to be completed, family activities and other obligations.
This time, however, is not just about parents and current students. It is a time to thank all those who volunteer time and treasure in the hope for a better future.
We owe a great deal to those who work every day to support our community. Those who agree to participate in this great democratic experiment. They pay their taxes, they pay their mortgages, they take care of their homes and children and believe that the future can be better than the past.
I wish to thank all those who have helped my family, the staff at both Capital High School on behalf of my sons and at North Thurston High School on behalf of my daughter. Without the support of all in our community, our future would not be as bright as it is today.
Let’s reflect and give thanks.
MARGARET HOLM; Olympia