Letters to the Editor, Feb. 21, 2013
Time to move on
EDITOR: In reference to the state liquor stores: This state-run monopoly should be ended. This country has always been based on, free enterprise and that's the way it should be. There will be some disgruntled employees because they will be losing their jobs along with the perks that the tax payers have been providing. However the private owners will be hiring, ergo providing employment for those who wish to continue working in that field of endeavor. Free enterprise creates competition and that means that patrons could see sales from time to time and enjoy the savings.
Change is never welcomed, especially if you are an employee or a family member of an employee. However in this economic environment sacrifices have to be made. Blame can be placed, but the fact is, it has to be dealt with. With what little democracy that's left, people still have the right to contact their legislators and voice their concerns. It seems that this would be the proper forum for this matter to be resolved.
Milo D. Clinton
EDITOR: My new hero, renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, really tells it like it is. How refreshing to hear a high profile M.D. who is not a sycophant of this administration. Just as in Old Testament times, when a king surrounded himself with "yes men," there was always one brave prophet who would stand up and speak the truth right to the king's face. Dr. Carson addressed the pitfalls and impracticality of the health care law, as well as the proposed changes in the tax code. It's hard to come up with a good comeback against the Scriptural rule concerning tithing. In Bible times everyone from the richest to the poorest paid the same rate; ten percent. None of this jazz about a particular group paying its "fair share." The Lord, in His infinite wisdom, wanted everyone to have skin in the game. If a flat percentage is good enough for God it should be good enough for our government. Some will complain that if everyone paid the same rate it wouldn't be felt as much by "the rich." Is it the government's job to make sure that certain people "feel the pain?" And when the good doctor was challenged by someone as to a physician's expertise in the field of political discourse he reminded his critic that a number of physicians were among the founders and framers of our republic. He was too polite to respond as I would have, which would have been "What makes those Hollywood phonies any more qualified than me?" Ben Carson for president, or at least surgeon general. God Bless you, Doc!