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March 9, 2013

Congress should stop talking about it and get to work

 The sequester is here.

The federal work force has already been denied cost of living Increases, past, present, and future,, (how many years have they had to deal with this?)

Now to make up for monies the government has overspent, misused, (there has not been a federal budget under the Obama White House, or even during the Pelosi Congress), these good folks are asked to give up one day a week of their pay. That is 20 percent of their paycheck. Is there anyone else who is giving up 20 percent in this country? Is the president? is Congress? Is the White House staff? Are the congressional staffs?

With the position this country is now in, they after all are the cause and affect, and should be the very first to give up their salaries.  Especially the President and “his vacations” and fun trips around our country and the world.

I’m sure that federal workers don’t mind sharing a burden, but to be the “scapegoats” of that burden is unconscionable.

It is not only the federal workers but our military who are taking the lion’s share of this burden. This is wrong, members of Congress, wrong. The sequester was the White House’s baby. The sequester “rules” were Congress-enacted.

We must get our out of control budget under control. To do so is a national burden and americans across the board must share that burden, not just certain select groups of Americans.

Party politics must stop in Congress. Talk is cheap, we need action from everyone involved, honest action. The president as usual “talks a good show” but has no substance. Actions speak louder than words.

Where is the leadership in this country?

Making the USA solvent does not mean a few cuts and then more major increases, (as the president intends to do). President obama is rapidly bankrupting our nation, if he hasn’t done so already.

Get to work, Congress. Contrary to most Washington rhetoric, the Republicans have shown they will work with someone who honestly will work with them.

The president and the Senate have not done so, other than mouthing the words “bi-partisan cooperation,” Harry Reid “tables,” or shall we say “drawers” everything that comes to the Senate from the House!

Don Bender

Glen Burnie

 

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  • Translations differ, but the message is eternal

    This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).

    April 15, 2014

  • Closing the loopholes will help clear the regulatory waters

    After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.

    April 15, 2014

  • The first step Remember where your freedom comes from before criticizing

    The deal at Fort Hood could have been avoided if it was caught in time.
    When you think a GI is not acting right, have him or her checked out before you put them back on duty and give them a weapon. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious and dangerous problem if it is not taken care of right away.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Midterm elections give chance to return to American values

    A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest  group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the  outcome of the November election if they all respond.

    April 14, 2014

  • Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.

    Our legislators in Washington must stop playing politics with our veterans, this is  especially true of Vietnam war veterans. Will the game playing carry over to our veterans of present day wars? Will they too become pawns? Veterans have few friends in Washington. Just like the Vietnam veterans, today’s veterans will face
    what we are up against, little to no support.

    April 13, 2014

  • One cannot compromise on God’s word

    A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”

    April 13, 2014

  • Ballpark project a partnership, not a government handout

    To the Editor:
    Regarding Mark Nelson’s recent objection to county government assistance to exploring the placement of a minor league baseball team in the Cumberland region, I would answer that the project should be considered a partnership between private enterprise and government. The private support would come by way of donations collected from local citizens, currently banked through the Dapper Dan Club.

    April 13, 2014

  • Group wants status quo on Sunday hunting

    Many Maryland residents have grown very concerned about two legislative bills that are arriving on the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley after being approved by both the Senate and House chambers this session. With the governor’s possible signature of these bills into law, hunting would be allowed on certain state lands on Sundays — a day in the past reserved for rest and non-hunters to enjoy public lands.

    April 10, 2014

  • New policies will grow better streamside buffers

    Well-functioning forest buffers along streams are perhaps the most effective and least costly best management practice we have to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

    April 10, 2014

  • City has changed, but it’s still a great place

    Is it better to be positive or negative? I have been reading postings about Growing Up in Cumberland, other Facebook pages, and from many of my Facebook friends. Talk about food and many people have positive comments. I love Coney Island hot dogs as much as anyone and have some every time I am in Cumberland.

    April 9, 2014

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