Letters to the editor - Wednesday (1-16-2013)

  • Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Consider these alternatives to raising the debt ceiling

The president said it again today. If we don’t raise the debt ceiling, “we won’t be able to send out Social Security checks, cover Medicare costs or pay veterans’ benefits.” He knows this generates the most fear..

Don’t raise it. My suggestion for priorities: If there’s not enough money to go around, let’s suspend payments in the following order:

1. Hold the presidential salary.

2. Suspend White House expenses (vacations etc.)

3. Ground Air Force One. (He needs to stay on the job anyway.)

4 Suspend congressional salaries.

5. Suspend congressional staff salaries.

6. Suspend all Cabinet-level offices and staff salaries.

7. Suspend all foreign aid.
8. Suspend all EPA expenditures.

9. Suspend all federal grants to universities.

This might not be enough to fix the problem, but I’d bet the problem would get fixed quickly!

— Charles E. Baker
Deadbeats in Washington

I don’t usually put out opinions, but I am just aggravated with all the junk. I noticed in the paper where the president said that America was not a deadbeat nation and that if the congressional Republicans did not agree to raise the debt ceiling, Social Security checks and veterans’ benefits might be late.

Why are these people always aiming at the veterans and the older generation? Washington is full of deadbeats drawing big salaries and benefits for life and doing nothing to earn them. We put them there, and we need to get rid of all of them and start over.

America has gotten to be a deadbeat nation in many ways. A lot of people now just want what the government will give them and want to be kept up. They don’t want to work because government. programs keep them up. There are plenty of needy to be helped, but there are also plenty of leeches just sucking the life out of government programs. You should have to pass periodic drug testing to be on a lot ofthese programs.

Leave veterans and seniors along. Veterans earned their benefits, and seniors worked all their life to get what little they receive each month. Yet government still wants to threaten them, as if the government is “giving” themsomething. If government had kept its hands out of this, there would still be plenty of money in the pot.

— David Lowery
More features for teens?

Basically, I feel the Salisbury Post is fine.

However, I would like to see a column or perhaps a weekly teen page including items of interest about what kids are doing (and accomplishing); also, something on manners and proper etiquette — maybe a teen advice column, a sort of “Dear Abby” for young people.

Perhaps you could also include a list of wholesome teen activities, where to go and what to do.

Another suggestion: Perhaps a cooking section where readers send in their favorite recipes.

— Chris Caudle

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