Printed letters, Jan. 21, 2011

I respectfully disagree with The Daily Sentinel editorial headline from Jan. 18, “Repair rather than repeal,” but not necessarily with the article itself.

The Obamacare law is so flawed, not only constitutionally, but fiscally and operationally, for exactly the reasons the editorial states (and many more not stated) that it cannot be repaired, it must be repealed.

Unfortunately, I agree that it will not be repealed by this Congress, again for the very reasons stated, but that does not mean it should be, or even can be, repaired.

Now that House members have done their symbolic repeal vote, they must effectively shelve it by not funding it for the remainder of this congressional term. When the Senate (and maybe the president) is changed in 2012, it can then be repealed if most of it has not been implemented. Then we can start over and maybe, just maybe, get it right for once.

The so-called small bill that was being touted as an alternative to Obamacare back in the beginning of the debate would be a good place to start the new discussion after the 2012 election.



Save payroll tax cut, don’t just spend it

I couldn’t disagree more with The Daily Sentinel’s Jan. 16 editorial advising earners to go out and spend the added net pay they will receive from the recent tax-cut compromise.

The best advice is to save it as per almost all of the leading personal financial advisers. They say pay yourself first: either add to savings or pay down debt.

In any case, our current financial straits are the result of over-spending and over-borrowing. Also, recent retail sales increases are reported to be mostly for flat-screen TVs, iPhones and other electronic gadgetry, mostly made outside the United States. On the other hand, furniture and major appliance sales (mostly made in the United States) are down due to the floundering real estate market.

Increasing spending now will result in minimal improvement to the economy until the real estate bubble is resolved.

There is an even more compelling reason for earners to save this money: It is part of the Social Security premium deduction that is used to build the Social Security fund. At least in theory, your and your employer’s contributions help determine your future Social Security income (see the Social Security website).

It’s interesting that the same congressmen who insisted on this gimmick are the same ones who insist Social Security needs no reform and are adamantly against personal, tax-free savings and retirement accounts as a way to ensure retirement funds for future generations.


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Josh Penry’s language sticks in one’s craw

In his column of Jan. 14, Josh Penry seems a bit more subdued and reasonable. Perhaps the bite of the rabid Rick Wagner is wearing off.

However, he makes a leap at a simile, which goes rather wide of the mark, when he says, “this has always been a craw in my saddle.”

I am familiar with a burr under the saddle, but unless Penry’s saddle has developed a maw that bites him — we can only guess where — I fail to understand.

Now if he were to complain that the loathsome Democrats were a saddle stuck in his craw, Wagner would be duly impressed.


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Laws on child killing are far too lenient

I was very upset to read two articles, that ran side by side in The Daily Sentinel this past week.

One article devoted 66 lines to cover the death of one wolf from Wyoming, the other article ran 12 lines to cover the death of a 3-year-old child who was killed by his mother.

This leads me to believe that this state cares more about one wolf than the death of a child.

The mother of this child got six years in prison. Can you believe that? If she killed an armed police officer, she would have been put in prison for life. But, no, she killed her defenseless son and she gets six years.

The laws in this state and all states need to be changed to protect our children and the judges need to hand out longer prison time to anyone who abuses and kills children. Children are a gift from the Lord and we, as a nation, had better start protecting them.


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