Letters to the editor, January 10
January 9, 2013 3:12PM
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Updated: February 11, 2013 7:06AM
Republicans created fiscal cliff and wouldn’t fix it
Congressional Republicans demanded entitlement cuts as the remedy to the fiscal cliff. Their perspective was that America has a spending problem. However, the origin of the spending problem can be traced to President George W. Bush and a collaborating Congress.
During the Bush years, Congress did not have a problem funding two wars on the nation’s credit card. Congress did not have a spending problem throwing taxpayer dollars to the pharmaceutical industry with the Medicare Part D sweetheart deal. And lastly, Bush’s tax cuts that disproportionately save the upper 2 percent of income earners and corporations millions in taxes significantly contribute to the cliff. To add insult to injury, the patriotic millionaires and “American” corporations use their tax savings to create jobs in communist China.
Workers didn’t create the fiscal cliff. A corrupt pay-to-play Congress did.
Congress is making money off American taxpayers
Has it ever been disclosed to U.S. taxpayers (who pay Congress’ wages) what was the amount of the pay raise they voted themselves in this year? And how often do they vote themselves a pay raise? This year after four years of squabbling and disagreements, CNN reported cheers and handshakes between Democrat and Republican politicians, and the handing out of cigars with a fiscal cliff nearing.
Why don’t the American taxpayers have any say on this pay raise we provide to politicians to run our country?
Gary Library system cited
by state for spending issues
The Gary Public Library system has done it again during the monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees on Dec. 18. The director read a letter from the state Library Association, an agency that oversees the conduct of the 166 libraries in the state system.
To paraphrase the communication, it stated the Gary system was out of minimum compliance in ordering books, periodicals, newspapers and magazines that comprise the collection.
A primary mission of the library is to maintain and build the public collection.
A minimum of 7 percent of the yearly budget must be spent on collection development.
The Gary Library as of Dec. 18 has spent 3 percent, amounting to a $220,000 deficiency for 2012.
Furthermore, the library association recommended to the Department of Local Government Finance that funding for 2013 fiscal year be withheld.
We citizens should ask ourselves why a routine, mundane function of collection development by our trustees and administration would be so severely criticized by the state? When will it all end?