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Sunday, February 14, 2016

‘Letters to the Editor’ Archives

Payroll Tax “Holiday”? – The Grasshopper and the

Payroll Tax “Holiday”? – The Grasshopper and the Ant!

  This was a very bad idea! The amount withheld from your paycheck (matched by your employer) is not a “tax,” but a contribution to your Social Security retirement benefits. If you don’t pay in during those quarters, it reduces the benefits you will receive upon retirement. Ask the Social Security Administration for a calculation of your estimated benefits (which are based on how much you pay-in) and you will see what I mean! This “tax holiday,” like all holidays, costs you in ... Full Story

RE: “MIT climate scientist receives frenzy of

RE: “MIT climate scientist receives frenzy of hate mail”

That climatologists are now the target of ideologically driven abuse from climate denialists whose carefully packaged preconceptions are endangered by inconvenient facts is hardly surprising. These attacks are of a piece with similar responses from conservatives in other spheres who feel their world-views are under attack, as in the case of a teenaged girl in Rhode Island who successfully sued to remove a prayer banner from her public school's wall, and who's been receiving threats of ... Full Story

Tipton would leave leukemia-stricken child in the cold

Tipton would leave leukemia-stricken child in the cold

            This weekend as Rep. Scott Tipton was traveling his district, he was pressed on why he supported repealing health care reform, leaving children with cancer to the whim of the marketplace.  His answer? He doesn’t have a better plan, but still doesn’t like the Affordable Care Act. The last thing parents with sick children should be worrying about is how they will get health insurance for their children, but that’s exactly what Rep. Tipton and the ... Full Story

Social Security facts

Social Security facts

      To the editor:   Myths about social security are like monsters in B movies that keep returning no matter how many times they're killed -- like the myth that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. While there was a Charles Ponzi, and there is a scheme named after him, that's where any accuracy ends. That took about two minutes online to discover. Social Security was created to help everyone; Ponzi's scheme was devised to enrich himself. Social Security was created by a man ... Full Story

Reply from U.S. Senator Mark Udall

Reply from U.S. Senator Mark Udall

  Dear Gary, Thank you for contacting me regarding controversial detainee provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (FY12 NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R.1540).  I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important topic. As you may know, I am firmly opposed to several provisions in the FY12 NDAA that regulate the detention of terrorism suspects.  These provisions could be interpreted to authorize the indefinite military detention of American citizens who are suspected of ... Full Story

Ask Gardner to support the PUPS Act

Ask Gardner to support the PUPS Act

Our dogs are family members. We include our dogs in family outings, in deciding where to live, what’s for dinner, who sleeps where on what part of the bed. Dogs have been an integral part of our existence for thousands of years. The human canine bond is the longest interspecies relationship that has ever existed. Yet, this reality collides with the existence of dog producers who breed and sell dogs by the thousands every year solely for profit. These dogs consistently show up at pet stores, ... Full Story

Rick Perry: The Best Little Whore In Texas

Rick Perry: The Best Little Whore In Texas

            Rick Perry: The Best Little Whore In Texas The Texas governor has one driving passion: selling off government to the highest bidder By Matt Taibbi October 26, 2011 8:00 AM ET In an era when there's exponentially more money in politics than we've ever seen before, Perry is the candidate who is exponentially more willing than we've ever seen before to whore himself out for that money. On the human level he is a nonpersonality, an almost perfect cipher ... Full Story

I am afraid

I am afraid

      Dear Editor   Stephen King writes about what scares him. King said recently in The Wall Street Journal that his career was based on his mother’s advice: “Think of the worst thing that you can, and if you say it out loud, then it won’t come true. ” Okay, favorite-author-of-mine, I’ll bite: “I’ll get Alzheimer’s, and my children will watch me slowly disappear just as they did their beloved Gram. ” Dorothy Jean (Rader) Kehn died Jan. 26, 2011 after a ... Full Story

Jobs

Jobs

          Politics generates some really bizarre ideas. We’re told that government jobs are not “real” jobs. That’s absurd. Police, firefighters, teachers, social workers, road maintenance crews, border patrol officers, and the military all do jobs that are necessary for our health, welfare, and freedom, and we need them. They also contribute to our economy by shopping at private business and paying taxes -- just like other workers. When they’re laid off, ... Full Story

Infrastructure? Don’t you mean Union?

Infrastructure?  Don’t you mean Union?

  We hear the repeated and resounding call by the President to invest more money on "infrastructure" (roads, bridges, school construction, etc.) Didn't we try this two years ago? Remember "shovel ready projects" that turned out to not quite be "...as shovel ready as we thought"? Let's look at what this is REALLY all about. Unless I am sadly mistaken, the Davis-Bacon labor laws prevent non-union construction companies from even submitting bids for such federal contracts. Is this ... Full Story

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