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Updated: April 7, 2013 6:01AM
Cut military spending, but not veterans’ benefits
As they face challenges finding a job, many young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with disabilities — nearly half have filed some kind of claim. Yet the budget cuts now being proposed in Congress could actually make it harder for veterans to get the care they need.
The federal government has threatened to triple veterans’ health care premiums to help pay down the deficit while discharging more than 100,000 troops, effectively sending them straight to the unemployment line. Veterans understand just as well as anyone that the government needs to control federal spending. They don’t understand why veterans benefits must take the brunt of the cuts when the military is spending enormous sums on new fighter jets like the Joint Strike Fighter, a struggling defense program that will cost nearly twice as much as expected at $1.5 trillion.
By promising to sacrifice broken defense programs in order to save veterans programs, leaders in Washington can show a serious commitment to the men and women who have served.
Anthony T. Hawkins
National coordinator, Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust
Police should not waste time harassing other drivers
To the cop driving on Kennedy Avenue on the day of the snowstorm in a black “undercover” car with some sticker on the rear windshield, hope I made your day! I just love seeing police officers who are supposed to “protect and serve” drive like idiots.
You almost clipped me speeding around to pass in the left lane (no sirens or lights on). I drove right alongside you in my Toyota Corolla and we were going 55 mph in a 35-mph zone. You didn’t like that so much, so you slowed down, got behind me and followed for 2 miles. Is this supposed to intimidate me? What if I would have slammed on my brakes? Wouldn’t have been much fun, right? Or what if I had called 911 and said I was being harassed by a police officer? What if, since you were playing “bad cop,” someone got injured because of your reckless driving? Someone needs to police the police. I’ll be first in line to apply!
Other ways for government to save more money
Thanks to Obamacare, my Medicare premium went up as did my supplemental insurance. My deductible went up as did my prescription drug service.
To cure the postal problem, raise nonprofit and junk mail to 20 cents. It costs as much to deliver these items as it does first class. If the post office closes, close on Monday to cover holidays.
There are thousands of landfills full of methane gas to generate electricity to a city of 25,000 for 25 years.
Cut waste and fraud in food stamps.
William R. Lesenyie