Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

The culture of damning the successful and expecting them to fix everything isn’t a winning play book

I see and hear a lot of gloom and doom predictions about the proposed corporate tax cuts. So, I was wondering, if that tax income is so important and beneficial, why are things in the current state? Obviously, something isn’t working. It is time to try a new strategy.

I can understand the frustration of the people who are struggling and who see people living in luxury from corporate salaries or entrepreneurial investments. It is easy to call out the perceived fat cats. Economics isn’t that simple. A healthy economy will never have everyone on equal footing, unfortunately. Nor can a healthy economy survive without the rain makers, Warren Buffets, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, etc.

The culture of damning the successful and expecting them to fix everything isn’t a winning play book. They already provide jobs, enhance local economies, and support research and philanthropy. Perhaps, they could do more with less tax burden?

By Guest Column -- Lyman Williams- Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Full Story

“Zero Emissions” will Test the Convictions of Canberrans

Canberra, with its “zero emissions” target, yearns to be Australia’s greenest address.

Good. Let’s use them as a full-blown test of “zero emissions” before we all jump over that cliff.

Canberra passes thousands of laws for us. If their zero emissions dream is fair dinkum, they need to pass just three laws for themselves.

By Viv Forbes - Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Full Story

If Washington DC is a swamp, Hollywood is a cesspool

Daily we see indications that if Washington DC is a swamp, Hollywood is a cesspool. And, for my money, they are far too intertwined. The cesspool has lots of money that the swamp needs. We all know that cesspools too close to swamps cause pollution. That is just what is happening, the swamp has become polluted. Time to clean up both.

By Guest Column -- Andy Bishop- Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Full Story

Honor All Veterans

\On this upcoming Veterans Day our families wish to remember all of our veterans, including our family members who served in all of the major wars from the Gulf War to Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, the Spanish American War and the Civil War.

We are disappointed with the removal of statues of Confederate generals, and thereby contributing to rewriting U.S. history.  We believe these statues were placed to commemorate the service of some brilliant military minds and they were not meant to be racist.  About 150 Confederate generals graduated from West Point and served during the Civil War.

By Guest Column Elizabeth Ann (Jones) Moskowitz, Donald Moskowitz- Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Full Story

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson just happened to be in a limousine with the widow of LaDavid Johnson

Is there anyone, anywhere who believes that Congresswoman Frederica Wilson just happened to be in a limousine with the widow of LaDavid Johnson at the exact moment that the President made his condolence call? It boggles the mind that this story is being reported partially creating more fake news.

Whose limo? Probably not the widow’s. Who invited whom, again, it seems unlikely that a grieving widow would say, gee, I guess I’ll call my Congress Person and hang out for awhile. Even more unlikely would a widow put a call from the President on speaker on her own.

This was a set up at the expense of a widow and at the expense of decorum, respect and common decency. There is no way the President’s words would not be skewed. This is a new low for our country, just when you didn’t think that was possible.

Frederica Wilson should be replaced in 2019 or sooner. I’m certain her behavior doesn’t represent her constituents. I hope they remember when her reelection comes up.

By Guest Column -- Margaret Grover- Friday, October 20, 2017 - Full Story

MLB and the NFL are given special treatment and players are treated like prima donnas.

In many cases NFL and MLB venues are subsidized or incentivized by taxpayer dollars. The argument being that local economies benefit. I hold little stock in those assertions. I’d like an example. Show me the tax returns of a company for the 5 years before a sports venue is built and the 5 years after.  Show me housing prices before and after.

Tell me how much the addition infrastructure cost. All of those will tell better than nebulous, feel good numbers. I wonder, if team owners had to foot the bill, how would player pay scales be impacted? I wonder where stadiums would be built if tax incentives (buying the business) was off the table.

I wonder how the country would function if we put sports back in the area of a game and not government supported business.

I wonder how the country would function if employees everywhere expressed their political views and social discontent while they are on the clock.

I wonder how businesses would function if their rules are not obeyed or enforced.

But we will never know because MLB and the NFL are given special treatment and players are treated like prima donnas. There is no stomach to either change the rules or enforce them. What a great example to the youth.

By Guest Column -- Fred Kirby- Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Alleged sex crimes: Trial of public opinion takes away the benefit of presumed innocence

Any allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct make me angry. It is never OK for people in power to use that power to abuse others,  Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, or Harvey Weinstein.  But we are still a country of laws and principles, one is that you are innocent until proven guilty. It seems that when it comes to alleged sex crimes, the trial of public opinion takes away the benefit afforded by law, that of presumed innocence.

By Guest Column R. Earl Warren- Monday, October 16, 2017 - Full Story

Some real misunderstanding regarding paid, professional players and their right to protest

I feel like there is some real misunderstanding regarding paid, professional players (of any and all sports) and their right to protest. It is a matter of when and where. It is certainly their right but not when they are on the clock. Just like a MacDonald’s employee could not expect to be paid if they sat out front of the store during his shift and held a protest sign.

One sign at a Kansas City Chiefs/Washington Redskins game said, “Protest on your own time”. That summed up nicely the crux of the matter in my mind.

By Guest Column -- Wilma Howe- Sunday, October 8, 2017 - Full Story

Hypocritical to expect safety while not even providing necessities to do so

I see people writing about the responsibilities of government, one being to keep us safe and I agree. What has me scratching my head is that those same people fight tooth and nail against some of the measures that would keep us safe. There seems to be an attitude that government must do its job unless I don’t like it, then I can riot and protest and say nasty things.

We expect police to know when and where crimes will be committed but we deny them the information of who is in our country. We cry about the scourge of drugs and the resulting crime, yet we won’t close the border through which most drugs enter our country. We bemoan the gang related deaths in large cities like Chicago, yet we won’t do the most important thing we could do-enforce our immigration and drug laws for citizen and deport noncitizens arrested for those crimes.

It seems hypocritical to expect safety while not even providing government with the basic necessities to do so.

By Guest Column -- Virginia Sparks- Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Full Story

Country Lives Matter.

In light of the events in Las Vegas, I believe we need a CLM movement, Country Lives Matter. We need to bring to the attention of the United States, the bias against Country folk. I expect that the United States Congress will call for equality for Country Lives. I expect celebrities of every color, political affiliation, religion, and musical taste will demand protection and equality for Country Lives.

The fact that country folk are treated with derision, portrayed as not too bright because they like BBQ, fly the American and Confederate flag, drive trucks, and might down a beer every now and then must stop. We can no longer ignore the bias and prejudice against Country Lives.

We must organize, trash our own neighborhoods, thwart law enforcement, and do everything possible to call attention to our plight. CLM members unite.
Oh, wait, that’s not how CLM operates. We help one another, support our families, hold down a job and mind our own business. We take care of each other and don’t ask for much.

CLM is a different kind of movement, even under the worst attack on American soil, those folks acted with bravery, compassion, common sense, and selflessness. CLM is the kind of movement that actually brings change. I am so proud to say I am country and Country Lives DO Matter.

By Guest Column -- Victoria Vaughn- Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - Full Story

Celebrities and Democrats follow the example of their “chosen one” Barack Obama

It seems celebrities and Democrats, in far greater numbers than any other group, follow the example of their “chosen one” Barack Obama, in issuing proclamations and opinions about a situation before all the facts are in. It may make good sound bites and eye catching tweets but otherwise it is just noise. It serves no useful purpose.

We have a crisis on our hands, that is obvious. What isn’t clear is the cause. And even more unclear is the solution. Are people radicalized, mentally ill, angry, despondent, attention seeking? All of those require different responses. And as a country, we sure don’t agree on the solutions.

Everyone, for the most part, agrees that automatic and semi automatic rifles are not something that citizens need to possess. But, you certainly won’t get anywhere with trying to take them away while still allowing gangs and drug dealers free access to our country because they have those weapons. As long as there is no solution to disarming the criminals, I would suggest that there is every reason to allow law abiding citizens to have equal fire power.

By Guest Column -- John Bryant- Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - Full Story

A ‘soft-response’ to North Korean threats

As North Korea ramps up its ballistic missile saber rattling, America should take a page from the teachings of the early 19th century military thinker Carl von Clausewitz who tells us, “The probability of direct confrontation increases with the aggressiveness of the enemy. So, rather than try to outbid the enemy with complicated schemes, one should, on the contrary, try to outbid him in simplicity.”

By Guest Column -- K.J. Dolney- Monday, October 2, 2017 - Full Story

“It’s a jungle out there. Disorder and confusion everywhere. No one seems to care.”

The lyrics from a Randy Newman song begins: “It’s a jungle out there. Disorder and confusion everywhere. No one seems to care.” 

Well I do. Hey, who’s in charge here?” That’s all I can think when I watch the United States Congress in action. The icing on their dysfunctional cake is when they play it out in front of the whole world such as in the latest Healthcare Repeal or Replace fiasco. It’s almost like they can’t stop embarrassing themselves. If and when they ever get their act together on healthcare, I certainly hope they do their homework and have the votes for passage before it gets paraded out in front of the media and the American people. 

At a 13% approval rating, Congress should have gotten the message long ago, we are not happy with them.


By Guest Column -- Arnold Avery- Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Full Story

Partisan Politics harm the people

Dear Editor

I have tried to remain non-partisan because the federal tax initiative is so important to Canadians…here’s what happened when I did a 10 minute info session at a meeting…

On Tuesday September 26, 2017 I attended a seminar, hosted by BDO Accountants, on the new federal Liberal tax Act which will increase taxes on small business and farmers.  From the summary, this tax focuses on:

By Elizabeth Marshall - Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Full Story

The NFL “Rule Book” does not address behavior during the playing of the National Anthem

The NFL “Rule Book” does not address behavior during the playing of the National Anthem. The “Operations Manual” does address the issue saying the player will stand, face the flag, hold their helmet in their left hand and refrain from talking.

The operations manual is distributed to the team officials-owners, managers, coaches by the league. That being said, it would appear that team officials can choose whether or not to enforce the manual. The “Rule Book” would carry league sanctions.

However, in the “Rule Book” under the “General Rules” a player may not “wear or display or otherwise convey messages in writing or by illustration”.  It would seem the situation is clear, but the debate rages on.

In other professions, the violation of the company handbook and policies is grounds for discipline and or dismissal.

The fact remains, does the public care enough about the issue to exercise their freedom by turning off the TV?

By Guest Column -- Charity Eavey- Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Full Story

Government agencies are stretch to the breaking point

Houston, Florida, and now Puerto Rico all needing FEMA, emergency electrical linemen, food, water, and shelter- just to begin the recovery. Government agencies are stretch to the breaking point. The military has been called in to fly humanitarian supplies to Puerto Rico. It is 1036 miles OVER WATER from Miami to San Juan. All aid is dependent on aircraft which in turn are dependent on communications being restored to airfields. Linemen from anywhere in the continental United States can reach the Houston and Florida via highways in their equipment trucks. Aid that must be flown in is quite another matter.

We can see and hear the devastation, despair and anger. There is no doubt that those people need help.
The fact that the island was on the verge of bankruptcy, that it is 1000 miles away and it has repeatedly rejected the opportunity for statehood must be acknowledged as not the fault of the United States. Now may not be the time to address these issues but they need to be addressed.

I’m listening to Geraldo Rivera telling about the dire situation. He does not seem to grasp the challenge for those providing the aid.  Nobody in power wants another Katrina crisis. They are doing the best they can. It should be noted that the Puerto Rican leaders are all praising the President. Some things simply can’t have instant fixes.

By Guest Column -- Alice Vann- Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Full Story

When liberals can’t counter conservative debate, they resort to accusations of racism

When liberals can’t counter conservative debate, they resort to their favorite groundless accusations of racism. They are beginning to realize using race as a means to shut down conservative free speech is diminishing and losing its effect, because of the continual abusive usage in this application.

By George Giftos - Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Full Story

False “friends of the people”

Watching the Democrat Party and their fellow traveler liberals, socialists, and progressives fight each other for seats aboard the latest PC bandwagon, I am reminded of a young Foreign Service Officer named George Kennan, who was posted to Moscow in the immediate post-WWII years. Receiving a request from his Foggy Bottom superiors for a short explanation as to what in the heck the Soviet Union was doing and why it was behaving in such a hostile manner, he rapidly crafted a classified cable in response, but upon further reflection began flushing it out in greater detail. His highly-classified missive came to be known in government circles as “The Long Telegram.” It shaped America’s foreign policy for four decades.

Kennan unknowingly knocked it out of the park, on where the Democrat Party was headed, even way back then; and just how far they would go to achieve their goals. In his now declassified reply to his State Department superiors via the then War Department, you can find the following insight: “Among negative elements of bourgeois-capitalist society, most dangerous of all are those whom Lenin called false friends of the people, namely moderate-socialist or social-democratic leaders. These are more dangerous than out-and-out reactionaries, for latter at least march under their true colors, whereas moderate left-wing leaders confuse people by employing devices of socialism to serve interests of reactionary capital.”

Very astute young man, that Kennan lad.

By Guest Column -- K.J. Dolney- Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Full Story

Canadian Secuirty

Is there anyone at least half as embarrassed as I am of our ‘security’ level in Canada? Is there ANY Canadian surprised that our previous governments have decimated our armed forces ‘assuming’ the mighty USA has our back?  And when the H of C committee was told that the USA would NOT stop a missile headed for Canada – led to ‘surprise’. REALLY!?

Over the past couple decades our elected Canadian federal governments have made a ‘mockery’ of our brave men and women in the armed forces. Just off the top of my head I can list some of the most ridiculous decisions made by our Feds. Sent our troops to a desert area in the Middle East with GREEN attire.

By Guest Column -- L. G. Anderson- Friday, September 15, 2017 - Full Story

Rebuttal to diatribe on Trump’s insanity.

Columbus, Galileo. the Wright Brothers, to name a few, were considered incompetent, dreamers, unrealistic, etc..Churchill was scorned initially,Yet all went on to outstanding accomplishments,and made fools of those who belittled them.. Granted, President Trump is certainly different from all his predecessors.

THANK GOD! He is fulfilling his campaign agenda,to re establish the basis of our Constitution. The vows he promised the majority who elected him, and. in making America great again. Anger, discontentment, bitterness,and hatred have been spewed by the unjust, slanted, bigoted media and the Soros backed Communist agenda under the guise of Trump being unfit and incompetent.

Rest assured Trump has the intellect, fortitude, perseverance in leadership in DC. The swamp must be drained and the march toward toward communism halted Only Trump can accomplish that at this time in US history. Triumph Trump !

By Guest Column -- Robert Fantelli- Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Full Story