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Updated: July 22, 2013 2:40PM



Politicians don’t represent us any more; we fall for it

Washington D.C. is about as far away from the real world as one can get these days and still reside upon the same planet! It is a place where, contrary to their vested temper tantrums, demands are made that do not personally apply to those making them?

No politician these days is truly a man of the people — all of the people, equally in any event! The problem is that we are all kept as high as kites on the opiate of hollow promises that spew forth (excessively) from the glib tongues of those to whom personal power, control, and affluence, are of far more concern and value than the common good, in my opinion!

Yes indeed, the time is long past to begin anew to “Put the People First!” Politicians are, after all, but the instruments and servants of the people’s will, or at least that is how our nation was originally conceived to be!

So please enlighten me — “Where and when did far too many of us lose our grip upon the iron clad axioms of liberty, equality, fraternity, and true bureaucratic dedication?”

H. Rick Tavares

Campo, Calif.

Spending money on trail only a few will use is wrong

Sometimes I wonder if our government officials have ever read the Constitution that they have sworn to uphold when they took office. Just what is the reason for the spending of multimillions for something that is used by a few and then only in fair weather?

Automobile drivers must pay dearly for the right to drive on regular roads, license plates, gas tax, etc. Why should bike riders get a free ride at our expense?

The only reason I can think of is to give jobs to labor unions for their block votes to keep them in office, can any one else come up with a better reason? A simple solution would be “pay for using just like the rest of us do.”

Russell Beal

Portage

A child’s life being saved is more important than cost

School shelters in the Oklahoma city of Moore have been priced at $600,000 to a $1 million each. City officials say they are very pricey, and if they don’t get political help, it’s very likely this won’t happen when schools are rebuilt.

So what is a child’s life worth? Where do school taxes come in, plus school fees parents pay? What if a politician’s child was brought into the picture, would it be something like lifting the delay at airports so politicians don’t get delayed in airports?

And we’re not talking about one child in a tornado. It could be 10 or in the twenties. Government needs to look at the people they represent and not themselves all the time. We need to act against this thinking.

Pat Tuleja

Schererville



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