To the Editor:
I read the article about lunch money shortage. I have been there and done that. I have worked in a lunch room every day to pay for my meal.
It made me think of the past and how many poor people we have in our county. Employment is at an all-time low and people are still having a hard time. Then I think of how just recently our school system raided the courthouse with the School Board and teachers demanding and suggesting how much to raise and increase taxes for their unneeded positions and higher pay. I hope our school system people are paying attention to what surrounds them on each school day. It’s poor people that’s trying to survive the ordeal of just keeping their heads above water.
School system people should love their neighbors in a different way instead of raising their taxes to enhance themselves. This kind of love, poor people can do without. The next time you go on a demanding spree trying to get what you want instead of what is needed, stop and think about whom you are hurting. Yes, it’s your neighbors and you are careless.
Remember the people that owe money are not the ones on free lunches. This means there are more poor people than the one out of six that owes for their lunches. Taxes hurt everyone that does not get raises that supersedes the increase.
I know the plan is to grow the school system even when not needed to further our debt local and nationally. Lay off the taxes, poor people need a life too. Old people need a place to live. Children need an inheritance. People need relief from tax burdens.
Fred W. Campbell
Headline: Government waste is out of control
To the Editor:
For nearly a month I have listened to members of Congress lament government workers missing paychecks. I began to wonder why when a plant closes or moves offshore, these elected officials never lament American citizens losing their livelihood or guarantee them back pay.
Since members of Congress are elected to represent their members, I also wonder if all these government workers are in their districts. When American citizens lose their jobs because of government interference or business-busting regulations in their districts, why are they not as concerned for these constituents as they are for government workers not in their districts? The answer is painfully obvious: their only interest is in preserving their own self-serving rear ends and being reelected.
This government shutdown should serve as a learning experience for government workers. Do as I was taught: put something back for a rainy day.
The average salary of government workers is more than that of the average worker paying these salaries. The average taxable income of American workers is around $49,000 yearly while the average cost of the government employees’ bloated costs is around $128,000 yearly. It costs the taxpayer $15,200 per year to support this circus. Subtract that from a yearly $49,000 of taxable income and see what is left.
Should this shutdown have gone on for a year (and another one is not off the table yet), the average taxpayer would have gained $3,800 dollars this year.
Our government has created 430 agencies that are not required by the Constitution. This is 82 percent of the federal budget not considered essential with the exception of Social Security and Medicare. That means only 18 percent of the budget is necessary under the Constitution. Three hundred twenty-two of the agencies are not even affected. Only one-fourth of the government is shut down, meaning three-fourths is still up and running. How much redundancy is involved in these agencies? Waste is ungodly.
Most of the current politicians have been in Washington for decades. Common sense should tell us these politicians do not have the answers to our problems that have gone on for decades. What they have done is preside over the decline of our great Republic. The passage of time itself is proof they will not address the needs of the American citizens.
Not too long ago, Congress shut down the government over illegal immigrants opposed to the protection of American citizens. The 35-day shutdown was again opposed to the protection of American citizens. The question remains: how can this be blamed on a non-politician President trying to correct a decades old problem caused by career politicians?