Not good enough?
Leaders exempt from major policies
Dear Mr. President and members of Congress. You are really changing the retirement policies that pertain to the current office holders and all living retired members? You are really going to take advantage of the health care policy you just passed and have elected to live on Social Security and forgo your retirement benefits? What? You're not? Surely if this is so good for the millions of people it will affect, it is good enough for you. Oh well, one can only wish Congress would enact policies that affect them as well as the people they "represent."
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President could use support, instead
Never before in our country's history has a president entered office with our country involved in two wars and a near collapse of our financial system and problems related to it, such as collapse of the housing industry and unemployment, and then been opposed in his efforts to right the ship by a solid wall determined to defeat him and his agenda at any cost, even our country's well-being. One may criticize and offer support at the same time.
If we're all paying, let's get healthy
For many people, the health care legislation will be a very good thing. I have my own pre-existing condition - three kidney transplants - and the only way I could get insurance was if I was employed at a very large company. However, if we are all to chip in for the new health care, some things need to change. As a former cashier at Wal-Mart, I have cringed every time a person uses their Electronic Benefit Transfer card, formerly known as food stamps, particularly when items such as ice cream, cookies, fudge, candy, cupcakes, pies, brownies, Cokes, etc., are purchased. These kinds of eating habits are ludicrous when considering I am now responsible for your health care. I believe it was the intention to insure that those who truly needed the benefit of EBT when times are tough would use it for nourishing, healthy sustenance. In the interest of keeping one another healthy, EBT reform must begin immediately.
Animal cruelty hardly overstated
Re "Courts wage battle on animal cruelty," March 25 article:
Wayne Brennessel, executive director of the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Columbia, is a quoted as saying "animal cruelty is a major problem but not at the level people think." How's that for an oxymoron?
Look at the pictures, read the stories of the individual animals. If only we could/would ask the animals being neglected or lit on fire how they felt about the level of animal cruelty.