Letters to the editor – Monday (5-23-2011)

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 22, 2011

ëEnd of the Worldí
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I cannot believe that the Salisbury Post put the ěEnd of the Worldî story on the front page!
I am ready for the end of the world, however and whenever that happens, and am assured of my place in heaven. My Bible says ěBut of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.î (Matthew 25:36).
Really, to quote the CDC and highlight the precautions to take? Zombies? Please! I can only imagine the panic some folks felt after reading this junk! I love my newspaper; I am waiting for it at 5 a.m. most days. But this article was worthy of the Enquirer, not a reputable newspaper.
ó Lynn Masingo
Fiscal insanity
Who says government canít create jobs? Government Motors (formerly General Motors) is hiring 4,000 laid-off workers, and it only cost taxpayers $46 billion. Since $23 billion has already been repaid, add a little interest, and thatís hardly $6 million per job.
Just in the nick of time, too. The U.S. Postal Service lost $2.2 billion in the first quarter of 2011 and is on course to reach its borrowing limit of $15 billion by yearís end. How can the post office lose so much money when nobody uses it anymore? According to the postal service, billions are needed to provide health-care benefits for future retirees! No wonder Joe Sixpack canít afford decent health care.
You think this is insanity? Postal revenues have been in a steady decline for 20 years! If these resources were allocated by the market place, UPS and FedEx would be delivering the mail with health benefits and a profit.
You think this is scary? Postal revenues account for less than .01 percent of GDP. Health care accounts for 16 percent of GDP. If it costs government $6 million to save one job and $15 billion to maintain a business nobody uses, what will the cost of an office visit be in 10 years under Obamacare?
Oh, well, maybe itíll be different this time.
ó Joe Exum
Snow Hill