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Letters to the editor – Saturday (12-26-09)

Health bill is another step toward nation’s demise
The Senate passage of the 2,000 or so pages in the health care bill has the country set for another financial downward spiral. The dollar internationally is sinking and will sink even further as the effect of deficit spending desecrates the economy. More people will lose jobs. Business owners will hold off hiring and spending in their companies because sales will be off, with so many people not working. The impact of fewer sales will produce less tax for the government. Your taxes are going up!
Government is the only enterprise I know that can never do with less money, but you, the taxpayer, can always do with less. It’s your patriotic duty to pay more and more taxes for all those new government employees.
To bring this ill-conceived health care plan to a vote, senators have been bought and paid for with special deals to those senators reluctant to go along with this madness. Principles take a back seat in Washington these days; Congress is being bought and sold regularly. The only employment increase is in government employees. This does not add income or productivity to the economy but only increases spending.
If we expect to make a recovery, something needs to change in Washington. First, we should vote in 2010 for none of the above. We need new faces, and hopefully some will have backbone and exhibit the principles that made America the most prosperous nation in the world.
Second, somehow we must insist on ó no, we must fight for ó term limits. No one should make a career out of serving in Congress.
Third, Congress should have the same health care being forced upon the people, and further, Congress should have no better retirement than the people. If Social Security is good enough for the people, it’s good enough for them.
ó Richard Roberts
Kannapolis
2,000 wins worth a cheer
On Monday evening the University of Kentucky reached a milestone in college basketball. The UK team achieved its 2000th victory ó the very first college team to reach that mark. I realize that UNC fans were hoping to be the first, but just because they did not do it does not mean it should be taboo to mention in an article in the sports section in the Salisbury Post. Perhaps the sports editor is bitter due to the UNC 68-66 loss to Kentucky. I, myself, am a Louisville fan and usually cheer against Kentucky, but please, they deserve a standing ovation (or at least a simple mention??). Just a quick Google of “Kentucky 2000 wins” turns up articles from numerous news sources ó ESPN, Sports illustrated, papers in Denver, Utah, Pennsylvania, Michigan ó well, everywhere. Once again our local paper disappoints me.
ó Shirley Price
Salisbury

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